NEW YORK CITY – Colchester native Merritt David Janes has released the first single, “Think Out Loud,” recorded with his band, The Winter Guardians.

Janes is currently starring as Dewey in a nation tour of “School of Rock – The Musical.” The Winter Guardians features three instrumentalists who have performed with Janes in School of Rock: guitarist Brandon Niederauer, drummer Raghav Mehrotra

and bassist Jersey Sullivan.

Three additional singles are scheduled for release this month, one per week.

“Each of the kids in The Winter Guardians is a one-in-ten-million prodigy musician in his own right. They have

he ability to play with anyone out there. It’s a privilege to collaborate with them on my own songs,” said Janes.

Aside from his Broadway credit with the original cast of School of Rock, Janes led the national tours of “Catch Me If You Can” (Hanratty), “Sweeney Todd” (Sweeney) and “The Wedding Singer” (Robbie Hart). He was an original cast member of the 25th Anniversary Tour of “The Phantom of the Opera” and appeared in featured roles in the tours of “Beauty and the Beast” (Lumiere) and “Shrek” (Lord Farquaad).

Janes is now based in New York City and he has been consistently working as an actor-singer-musician since 2007. He is a graduate of the University of Maine School of Performing Arts and Circle in the Square Theatre School.

He released “Waiting in the Wings,” his first full-length album, in 2018. The recording features songs he wrote about life on the road as a touring Broadway actor.

The Winter Guardians’ single “Think Out Loud” is available as a digital download on iTunes, Spotify and CDBaby.

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