Artist Testimonials

Beth Ford –“I cannot speak highly enough about Jan and her show on Calon FM Classical Sounds 4U. I was very pleased to be interviewed by Jan , I rarely get nervous when performing but I certainly do when being interviewed , Jan immediately put me at ease and was clearly genuinely interested in me as an artiste and a person. It was a real pleasure to talk to her. I have been really lucky at such a tender age to have performed with artists such as Jonathan Antoine and Alfie Boe and to hear their music featured on Jan’s show together with so many other talented established and up and coming performers is to quote one of Jan’s favourite words ‘amazing!’ If you haven’t already tuned in to listen then you are missing a real treat. I was delighted that Classical XOver 4U was able to give its listeners a sneak preview of my upcoming EP ‘The Voyage’ and I look forward to its release which is scheduled for the 13th July.” [Image courtesy of Nikki Lewis Photography].

Tom Solomon – “From the moment Jan said hello she made me feel at ease and relaxed about the interview. She is warm, funny and very easy to chat to. After a few minutes of getting to know each other (another part I liked as I was hearing information about her too) we began the interview. Jan’s unique style and phrasing of questions gave me room to expand my answers and speak about a variety of things, not just about my career and album but about the music I enjoyed listening to and my artistic influences in the music industry. What I found really appealing was that I heard about Jan’s experiences and recent travels to New York conducting other artist interviews. I felt it was a two way conversation rather than a question and answer session. A lovely interview, or should I say relaxed chat by a talented and charismatic lady. Thanks Jan, I really enjoyed the banter!”

Michelle Palmer – “It is with the greatest of pleasure that I refer Jan Rawlinson to any recording artist releasing new music. Having just released my debut EP Serenity, I truly feel that it’s success of hitting number 2 in the classical i-Tunes charts has been largely, down to the fantastic, loyal support from Jan having it featured on numerous occassions on her classical show at Calon FM. It was first given a superb full feature where Jan spoke about my past experience in the music industry in between tracks and she also helped the listener to feel fully involved in it’s production by talking about it’s creation with Chris Craker – this I felt helped to engage the audience, creating a longing for it whilst it was on pre order. Alongside this over the following weeks, Jan has continued to play tracks off my EP on her show, and has used social media in an amazing way to help engage the listener. This extra exposure was very much needed and kept my music fresh in everyone’s mind – which I will be forever grateful for.  It was also a treat to have an interview with her as Jan has a very warm and friendly manner which transcends very well over the radio. The whole process of the interview was very well planned out and I was given time to email my current engagements in the music industry well ahead of time so she could include them in her show. Jan put me at ease straight away and discussed how the interview would be recorded so I could pace myself throughout. It really did feel like I was talking to my best friend and she made sure to mention every aspect of my career as a classical crossover artist. I am highly impressed with her professionalism and dedication to her work; she really has been blessed with ‘the gift of the gab’! I’m looking forward to working with her again in the future and feel blessed to have met her.”

Sophie Keats –“Jan Rawlinson is certainly one of the most prepared and professional radio interviewers I have ever met. It was a delight to speak with her and because of her in-depth research we were able to have a wonderful interview. Her Classical Show is beautiful music show and she is a warm, friendly, engaging host.”

“Jan is so welcoming and easy to chat to. A champion to up and coming crossover artists, as well as established artists like Masquerade. Keep up the good work.” Mark C

Mairead Healy“I was introduced to Jan by a fan from Minnesota USA. And what a find! Jan has a wonderfully discerning ear for musical talent, both locally and globally and has a warmth of personality and expression that comes across beautifully through her ‘Classical XOver 4U’ programme, especially in how she connects with her audience and the talented artists whom she interviews. Having been a featured artist on her programme I am now a fan of Jan Rawlinson, Classical XOver 4U and Calon FM.”

Lena Natalia – “Recently, I had the opportunity to participate as a guest on Classical XOver 4U. Not only am I a huge fan of the show and of the artists Jan Rawlinson features each week, but also, I was most honored to be asked to be interviewed amongst such a talented group of artists. Jan consistently delivers uplifting / inspiring music within an engaging narrative. As a result, she has cultivated a loyal following of Classical Crossover fans across the globe. For me, it was truly exciting to be a part of this special program. Clearly, Jan is dedicated to her craft, most engaging to speak with, and passionate about promoting Classical Crossover music. Moreover, I found her to be extremely welcoming, warm and genuinely personable as she immediately began our interview with humour, curiosity and grace. Jan has tapped into an increasing popularity for, and growing fan base of, the Classical Crossover music genre; and I look forward to seeing Jan’s show grow as she continues to uncover and debut many more talented artists and their musical works in the years to come. Thank you sincerely, Calon FM, for supporting independent artists through the Classical Sounds 4 U broadcast, and especially for supporting the public’s embrace and increasing popularity of Classical Crossover music.”

Natasha Hardy – “It was an absolute honour to co-host the Classical X Over 4 U show with Jannie Rawlinson on Calon 105 FM this weekend. Jannie is an amazing host, she made me feel so welcome, asked brilliant questions and had a great connection with her global listeners. As Classical X Over 4 U is currently the only show in the UK dedicating a whole 3 hours to the Classical crossover genre I believe her worldwide audience is going to skyrocket even more and it was my privilege to be part of this amazing movement.”