“Tamara Wellons' SONGS FOR JANIE was a beautiful show that I'm still thinking about. The talented company created a theatrically dynamic blend of music, performance, movement, and poetry that brought Hurston's novel to life.”

-Joel Bassin, Firehouse Theatre, Richmond, Virginia

“I had researched Tamara Wellons recordings and was looking forward to seeing her at Firehouse - the live show was special. The Songs for Janie evening impressed me with a sense of empowerment and being home - gorgeous vocals, a warm atmosphere, the ensemble was extraordinary. It was blend of political, spiritual and musical ideas especially in regards to womanhood and the energy of loving.”

-Tennessee Dixon, Firehouse Theatre, Richmond, Virginia


Songs for Janie's first show was a two-night run in the spring of 2012 at Joe's Movement Emporium, Mt. Rainier, MD.. Since that time, it has been presented as a play in the DC Black Theater Festival and theatrical concerts in Newport News and Richmond, Virginia. 

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“Ships at a distance have every man's wish on board. For some they come in with the tide. For others they sail forever on the same horizon, never out of sight, never landing until the Watcher turns his eyes away in resignation, his dreams mocked to death by Time. That is the life of men. Now, women forget all those things they don't want to remember, and remember everything they don't want to forget. The dream is the truth. Then they act and do things accordingly.” Their Eyes Were Watching God”

— Zora Neale Hurston

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 Songs for Janie is a conceptual music project and concert inspired by Zora Neale Hurston's literary novel, "Their Eyes Were Watching God." Tamara's music serves as a 21st Century epilogue to the 1937 Black American story of womanhood, self-worth, freedom and love.