Janice Gaines

Janice Gaines

Janice Patrice Gaines[1] (née: Reddick; born May 22,[2] 1981),[3] is a Stellar Award[4] and GMA Dove Award[5]-nominated American urban contemporary gospel singer and songwriter. Her debut singles, "Wait On You" and "The Break-Up Song," were released as an extended play album on April 14, 2015. Her debut album, "Greatest Life Ever," released on Motown Gospel, was produced by GRAMMY Award-winning producer LaShawn Daniels.[6] and debuted in the Top 10 on the Billboard Top Gospel Albums chart.[7]

Early and personal life[edit]

Gaines was born, Janice Patrice Reddick, in St. Louis, Missouri, on May 22, 1981, but raised in Memphis, Tennessee.[8] She grew up singing in church, where her father was a Methodist minister, Lawrence Lewis Reddick III,[9] and her mother, a singer/songwriter/musician, Jacquelyn Reddick-Jones (née, Merriwether),[10][11]and she has a brother, Jon.[11] As a teenager, Gaines was the youngest member of the Memphis-based community choir O'Landa Draper & The Associates.[11]Gaines attended Oberlin College in Oberlin, OH,[8] during which time she sang background vocals for R&B singer Howard Hewett.[8] Following college, Gaines attended Ashland Theological Seminary, where she received a Masters of Divinity, before moving to New York City to teach seventh-grade math in the Bronx.[8] She presently resides in Franklin, Tennessee, with her husband, Erik Justin "E.J." Gaines.[3]

Music career[edit]

In 2010, Janice Gaines began touring the nation as a member of the Worship Team for Women of Faith, a Christian-based live events organization.[12] Following the 2012 release of her debut single, "One Day," Gaines caught the attention of Motown Gospel president Ken Pennell, who later signed her to a recording agreement.[13]

In December 2014, Janice Gaines was featured on the Motown Christmas album, singing a duet with GRAMMY Award-nominated R&B/soul singer Kem (singer) on the song "Bethlehem."[14]

In 2015, Motown Gospel released two singles from Janice Gaines-- "Wait On You" and "The Break-Up Song".[13] "Wait On You" peaked at #21 on Billboard's Hot Gospel Songs chart.[7] Her debut album, Greatest Life Ever, produced by GRAMMY Award-winning producer LaShawn Daniels, was released on October 9, 2015 and debuted at #7 on Billboard's Top Gospel Albums chart.[7]

In 2016, Janice Gaines earned her first GMA Dove Award nomination for her debut single, "Wait On You," in the Contemporary Gospel/Urban Recorded Song of the Year category.[5] In 2017, Gaines earned her first Stellar Award nomination for Contemporary Female Vocalist of the Year.[4]


List of musical projects, with selected chart positions
Title Project details Peak chart positions
Greatest Life Ever 7
Year Single Chart Positions
2015 "Wait On You" 21
2015 "The Break-Up Song" -
2014 "Bethlehem" (featuring Kem (singer)) -


GMA Dove Awards[edit]

Year Award Result
47th GMA Dove Awards (2016) Contemporary Gospel/Urban Recorded Song of the Year Nominated

Stellar Awards[edit]

Year Award Result
Stellar Awards (2016) Contemporary Female Vocalist of the Year Nominated


  1. Jump up^ American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers. "The Break Up Work ID No. 888713308 ISWC No. T9167245752". American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers. Archived from the original on March 6, 2013. Retrieved November 1, 2015. Work ID No. 883470768 ISWC No. T9068932105
  2. Jump up^ Janice Gaines (janicegaines) (May 22, 2010). "@gospelpundit Thanks, Honey! You are making this birthday so hiLARious LOL". Twitter. Retrieved November 1, 2015.
  3. ^ Jump up to:a b Intelius. "Janice P Gaines in Franklin, TN". Intelius. Retrieved November 1, 2015.
  4. ^ Jump up to:a b BlackGospel.com. "JANICE GAINES WELCOMES NEW BABY, ALSO CELEBRATES STELLAR NOMINATION". BlackGospel.com. Retrieved May 29, 2017.
  5. ^ Jump up to:a b DoveAwards.com. "2016 Nominees - The 47th Annual GMA Dove Awards". DoveAwards.com. Retrieved August 12, 2016.
  6. Jump up^ Gerald Jones. "16 Gospel Artists to Watch Closely in 2015: Janice Gaines:Page 2:Essence". Essence.com. Retrieved July 8, 2015.
  7. ^ Jump up to:a b c d AllMusic.com. "Janice Gaines - Awards - AllMusic". AllMusic.com. Retrieved October 26, 2015.
  8. ^ Jump up to:a b c d Janice Gaines. "About Janice Gaines". Janice Gaines. Retrieved July 8, 2015.
  9. Jump up^ "Senior Bishop Lawrence Reddick". Christian Methodist Episcopal Church. Archived from the original on November 9, 2015. Retrieved November 1, 2015.
  10. Jump up^ Janice Gaines)(janicegaines) (May 10, 2015). "Happy Mother's Day to my awesome, Mommy!!! She is TONS of fun! There aren't many times when we're together that there isn't a belly laugh. She reminds me to not take myself too seriously and to pour my whole self into my music and art. I've gotten to the age where I realize all the ways she was right in the years before, and I'm so grateful that she's mine. To the beautiful, adorable, sassy, goofy, youthful, passionate, honest and JESUS-loving Mommy of mine, Happy Mother's Day! #JackieReddickJones #JackiDiamondWhenShesOnStage". Instagram. Retrieved November 1, 2015.
  11. ^ Jump up to:a b c Rodney Winters. "Janice Gaines Artist Profile". NewReleaseToday.com. Retrieved July 8, 2015.
  12. Jump up^ Rogers & Cowan. "Women of Faith to Release Highly-Anticipated Worship Album". The Christian Broadcasting Network, Inc. Retrieved July 8, 2015.
  13. ^ Jump up to:a b Gospel Music Association. "NEWS: Motown Gospel Signs Breakthrough New Artist Janice Gaines". Gospel Music Association. Retrieved July 8, 2015.
  14. Jump up^ Jonathan Landrum, Jr. "Holiday albums from Idina Menzel, ‘Downton Abbey’". The Washington Times, LLC. Retrieved August 8, 2015.