Video footage of former VIXEN singer Janet Gardner and her husband, guitarist/producer Justin James, performing an acoustic version of the song “Try” at the studios of the 105.5 WDHA radio station can be seen below.
“Try” is taken from Gardner‘s new solo album, “Your Place In The Sun”, which was released on May 31 via Pavement Entertainment.
Like her 2017 debut self-titled solo album, the new LP is a collaboration with James, who has previously worked with STAIND, COLLECTIVE SOUL and TYKETTO.
“Your Place In The Sun” combines modern rock elements with the classic sound Janet has become known for in her decades of female-fronted and influential fury.
Gardner announced her departure from VIXEN in January, saying in a statement that it was time for her to step aside and let drummer Roxy Petrucci and bassist Share Ross “pursue their vision for the future of VIXEN.”
Gardner, Petrucci and Ross are considered to be part of VIXEN‘s classic lineup, along with founding guitarist Jan Kuehnemund, who died of cancer in October 2013.
Gardner contributed lead vocals to VIXEN‘s most commercially successful studio albums — “Vixen” (1988), “Rev It Up” (1990) and “Tangerine” (1998) — as well as the group’s latest release, last year’s live album “Live Fire”.
In January 2018, Gardner underwent surgery to remove blood clots in her brain, a condition known as a subdural hematoma.
While Gardner was recovering from her surgery, VIXEN played a show in Durant, Oklahoma in March 2018 with a fill-in singer, Lorraine Lewis of FEMME FATALE. This past January, Lewis was announced as Gardner‘s official replacement.