At the tender age of 12, Janice Mangion showed a keen interest in music, and as a result took up singing lessons before turning her attention to the piano during her teenage years. One of her first milestones came in 2007, when she joined the cast of the successful television show L-Isfida. In recent years, she became a member of the Animae Gospel Choir and also reached the finals for the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza, finishing in third place on her second appearance in 2011, L-Għanja tal-Poplu, The Summer Hit Song Contest, and also the Malta Eurovision Song Contest.
The latter was an experience which she’ll always keep close to her heart, and one which she would go on to replicate as a backing vocalist in 2013, accompanying Kevin Borg during his runner-up performance of Needing You. At the end of 2016, she received the news that her entry Kewkba had reached the final of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, therefore marking her second appearance in the local national final as a soloist. With Kewkba, her aim was to show off her native tongue by promoting it to a wider audience. “I think it worked, because I finished in second place achieving 4,544 votes,” states Janice.
Image credit: Kris Micallef
Date of Birth: 27th February, 1989
Location: St Venera
Star Sign: Pisces
How do you normally juggle with your personal and professional life?
It’s not easy, let me tell you that, but you have to find a way to plan things accordingly. I believe in balancing as much as possible!
If you had to meet any other foreign singer, who would it be and what would you talk about?
Hmm! This is a very difficult question for me to answer because I tend to listen to a lot of music and have several inspirations. That said, I think that my number one icon would have to be Celine Dion, and we would talk about everything! I’d love to know how she’s managed to lead an exemplary life whilst working on amazing music.
What’s your general perception of the local field?
Honestly? I think we are blessed knowing that there’s so much that the Maltese singers are known to offer. In recent years, I’ve also realised that the production levels have really improved but that said, we should not stop, and we should continue to work hard in ensuring the most optimum product is achieved.
Janice captured by Bernard Polidano
Is fashion an important part of your life?
Yes! There’s no way to go about this! I believe that people in the public eye have to keep a certain image and personally, I am proud and thankful knowing that I have two brands behind my look.
What do you enjoy doing during your time off?
During my time-off, which is almost non-existent, I like to go to the gym in order to ease my mind from all the tension that would accumulate.