The lady behind the “blue violin” may not be a true native to the state of Oklahoma; however, Jana Jae has come full circle back to her roots.
Born to graduates of The Juilliard School of Music in New York City, this little gal was welcomed into the world in Great Falls, Montana. Her father was in the Air Force so home was ALL over, from New York to Oklahoma. Her maternal grandparents were wheat farmers, and the Dust Bowl moved them to Idaho. It was at the age of 9, after Jana’s parents divorced, that she and her mom moved to Idaho to live with her grandparents.
At the tender age of two, Jana was introduced to the classic style of violin on a 1/8th size fiddle. Her inspiration, her maternal grandfather, a country champion fiddler, directed Jana in her experience of playing by ear. Attending the National Old Time Fiddler Contest, Jae remembers telling her Mom, “It’s bluegrass, and I love it.”