Wheeler may be best known for effecting a grating voice on Friends, but she’s actually a lifelong musician who has a killer set of pipes. “I used to say, ‘I act for my supper and I sing for my soul,'” she told Best Self Magazine. “For many years I was vigilant about not turning my singing work into work. That changed nine years ago.”
After attending Community Choir Leadership Training in Victoria, British Columbia, Wheeler co-founded the Golden Bridge Community Choir (via Boomer Magazine). With a focus on South African, Australian, and Asian music, the group is part of the Ubuntu Choirs Network. “The spirit of Ubuntu is about sharing a bond,” Wheeler, who released an a cappella album called Sweet Time, told the Jewish Telegraphic Agency. She added, “On a personal level, the Golden Bridge Community Choir aims to connect people by joining their voices in song.”
As for whether she’ll ever connect this musical gig with her Friends roots, Wheeler jokingly told Digital Spy, “We’ve never done a number as Janice,” noting, “Maybe that would be something to think about for the future!” Raise your hand if you’d pay to see that!