Jan Howard


Jan Howard has seen more than her share of hardship and heartbreak.  Born during the Depression era, Jan grew up on the farm with her 10 brothers and sisters in West Plains, Mo.  By the time she was twenty, she had already married and divorced twice and was raising three sons.

After packing up and moving to Los Angeles in 1955, Jan met and later married legendary songwriter Harlan Howard, who encouraged the aspiring singer to pursue her dream of performing.  Throughout the mid 60s and 70s, Jan produced a string of hits, including “What Makes a Man Wander,” “Roll Over and Play Dead,” “Rock Me Back to Little Rock,” and “Let Him Have It.”  Her signature song, “Evil On Your Mind,” was recorded in 1966.  During this same period, she began a partnership with Bill Anderson to form one of the hottest duos of the time, scoring hits like “I Know You’re Married,” “If It’s All the Same to You,”  “Someday We’ll Be Together” and the No. 1 “For Loving You.”  All told, Jan Howard charted 30 singles on the Billboard Country Charts between 1960 and 1978.

Jan also wrote a number of hits for other artists, including Kitty Wells’ “It’s All Over but the Crying” and Connie Smith’s “I Never Once Stopped Loving You.”  In a tragic twist of fate, Jan’s son Jimmy was killed in Vietnam in 1968, just two weeks after she released the emotionally charged song, “My Son.”  Her youngest son, David, would commit suicide four years later.

During the late 70s, she signed to Con Brio Records, releasing the acclaimed albums I’ll Hold You In My Heart (Till I Can Hold You in My Arms), Better Off Alone and To Love A Rolling Stone.  It was during this time that Jan went on tour with Tammy Wynette, playing shows across the country and overseas.

 Jan didn’t stop there, however.  In 1987, she released her best-selling autobiography, “Sunshine and Shadow,” which detailed the many ups and downs of her tumultuous career.

Throughout it all, Jan Howard has remained steadfast in her belief in God.  She has toured the U.S. from coast to coast, performed in nearly two-dozen foreign countries, appeared on numerous television programs (Hee Haw, The Today Show, Prime Time Country, Opry Live, etc.), been nominated for multiple CMA and Grammy Awards and was also inducted into the Grand Ole Opry.

“It almost seems like an accident that I became a singer,” she says, “but I’m so thankful for it.”


Albums From Jan Howard