Mary’s College, Auckland under Sister Mary Leo. She then moved to Dunedin in the 1980s to attend the University of Otago, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts. While in Dunedin, she joined her brother Rob Hellriegel's band, Working With Walt. She performed backing vocals, piano and guitar on their 1984 7” LP The Prophet and wrote and performed the song “Christina” on the band’s 1985 LP 4 Sides. In 1988, Jan performed backing vocals on the Leonard Cohen song “So Long Marianne”, performed by Straitjacket Fits.  Cassandra’s Ears In the late 1980s Jan formed the band Cassandra's Ears with Dunedin bandmates Flick Rhind (bass), Zan Wright (backing vocals), Vanessa Anich (drums) and Leanne Ibell (guitar). Jan wrote music and lyrics and performed vocals, guitar and keyboards. Their first release was the song “Replacements” for the National Student Radio compilation, Weird Culture Weird Custom.
The band played local gigs, toured New Zealand, wrote more material, and eventually released two LPs, Private Wasteland in 1988 and Your Estimation in 1990.  Solo career By 1991, Jan had signed a deal with Warner Records New Zealand to record solo material. Her first album, It’s My Sin, was recorded between December 1991 and January 1992 at Mountain Studios (Tauranga), Airforce Studios (Auckland), Mandrill Studios, Helen Young Studios and Auckland Audio (Auckland). The album was released in 1992, along with singles for the songs “The Way I Feel”, “It’s My Sin” and “No Idea”. There was also a promotional EP for “All the Best Thoughts”, and the songs “Westy Gals” and “Wings of Steel” were released as radio-only singles. In 1992, Jan also recorded backing vocals for the hit song “Nature” by The Mutton Birds. In 1995, Jan recorded a television advertisement for Coca-Cola before completing her second album, Tremble, at Sing Sing (Melbourne) and Studios 301 (Sydney) in 1995.
The album was released the same year along with singles for the songs “Manic (is a state of mind) ”, “Geraldine” and “Pure Pleasure”. In 1996 Jan was awarded Most Promising Female Vocalist at the New Zealand Music Awards, and Top Female Vocalist and Single of the Year (for Manic) at the Music and Entertainer Awards of New Zealand. In 1997, Jan recorded a television advertisement for Ford, a cover version of the Gordon Mills song “10 Guitars” for a Television New Zealand documentary of the same name, and the song “Unravelled” for the short film “My Geraldine” by former Cassandra's Ears band mate Flick Rhind. She also recorded a new single, “Sentimental Fool”, at York Street A&B Studios (Auckland) for release that year. Jan subsequently parted ways with Warner Records, and her last single, “Melusine”, recorded at Beaver Studios (Auckland) was released by Universal Records in 1998. That year, Jan was nominated for the Fox of the Year award on the Mikey Havoc show. In 1999, Jan joined the Alan Duff charitable foundation Books in Homes as a celebrity spokesperson.
She co-wrote the theme song “Read About It” with Dave Dobbyn and Toi Iti, which is still performed by 100,000 children annually. During that year she played a non-musical acting role on Shortland Street, playing Jackie, an abused wife. In 2000, Jan appeared in the New Zealand television Street Legal and in 2001 she became involved in a collaboration with Tom Blaxland called Project Runway. In 2002, she wrote and recorded the song “Star Baby” for children’s clothing label Pumpkin Patch. In early 2009 Jan went into Roundhead Studios in Auckland to record a third album with a line-up of musicians including producer Wayne Bell, Nick Gaffaney on drums, Brett Adams and Ben Fulton on guitars, Eddie Rayner and Michael Larsen on piano/keyboards, and Mark Hughes on bass. Special guests included Kiri Eriwata, Callie Blood and Jackie Clarke on backing vocals.
The album was engineered and mixed by Neil Baldock and was mastered by Greg Calbi at Stirling Sound in New York. Jan released the new album "All Grown Up" on her own record label, Blind Date Records, in October 2009 to critical acclaim from New Zealand music reviewers. In May 2010 Jan joined Native Tongue Music Publishing as their New Zealand General Manager. In June 2010 "Melusine" was re-released by Blind Date Records. In October 2010 Jan announced she had finally signed an agreement with Warner Music Australia that would allow her to re-release her earlier albums, "It's My Sin" and "Tremble" through Blind Date Records. She said this would happen early 2011. Jan has also featured on various compilation albums over the years, soundtracks and tv adverts. Her latest album, out this year (2009) is called 'All Grown Up.' Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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