Whether it’s lending her voice to an actual angel - as she did in ACTIVISION’s top-grossing video game, “Call of Duty: Black Ops”, - or using her talents for Hospice patients in the program “Songs for Smiles”, which she co-founded, emerging singer and voice actress Jane Runnalls is becoming renowned among composers and filmmakers for her sonorous voice, vocal adaptability, and unshakeable work ethic.
Raised in the artistic seaside community of Santa Cruz, California, Jane began performing at an early age, beginning to sing as soon as she could talk. She quickly fell in love with the art of performance, becoming enthralled by such singer/actors as Julie Andrews and Judy Garland. Her parents recognized and supported Jane’s natural affinity immediately, enrolling her in piano lessons when she was five, flute lessons when she was seven, and music theory courses at the remarkably young age of eight years old.
Upon graduating from high school, Jane moved to southern California to attend the University of California Riverside, where she earned her Bachelor of Arts in Music and Vocal Performance. Diverse and formative experiences over the next several years include performing in “The Sea Gull” and “Mephisto” directed by Tim Robbins at The Actors’ Gang theatre, participating Ann Baltz’s renown OPERAWORKS training program, and studying opera with world-acclaimed tenor and teacher Dr. William Johns in Germany and America. In 2008, she realized a personal dream by singing on a Julie Andrews project, “Simeon’s Gift”, with producer Ian Fraser and lyricist John Bucchino, and was most recently the featured soloist Immediate Music’s epic concert, “Trailer Music Live”.
Today, Runnalls is most known for her growing work singing in film, television, and videogames, most notably her collaborations with composer Sean Murray on numerous made-for-TV movies, and the mega-hit ACTIVISON franchise, Call of Duty.
On her love of making original music for film and TV, she says, “Singing and being part of these projects is so exciting... It’s the collaboration of all the artists and their respective components that I love, and the communion and community that happen spontaneously by virtue of the story itself. Music communicates in a realm that is universal, and when combined with story, has the power to break cultural and social barriers and open your heart even more deeply.”Runnalls’ desire share music and give back to the community led to her 2009 co-founding of “Songs for Smiles”, an outreach program that brings uplifting musical programs to adult and pediatric Hospice patients with life-limiting illnesses. “Music has a remarkable capacity to uplift hearts and spirits beyond the moment and bring people such comfort and hope... Being able to provide people a little joy and entertainment in their day - doing what I love - is as good as it gets for me.”