The daughter of Ricky Hyslop, Child joined Canadian Opera Company's children's chorus in her youth.
She is best known for the hit single "Don't Wanna Fall in Love" which peaked at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart for three weeks in the spring of 1990. A remix of the single earned her a 1991 Juno Award for Dance Recording of the Year.
She was also known for her eclectic fashion style, which included spiked hair with long braids and wearing a nose chain. Her follow-up single, "Welcome to the Real World", was a modest hit, peaking at No. 49. The song was featured in the 1988 film Married to the Mob. These originated from her self-titled debut album, which peaked at No. 49 on the Billboard 200. In 1992, she contributed a track titled "Mona Lisa Smiles" to the soundtrack of Freejack, a sci-fi action thriller starring Emilio Estevez, which was included on her second album release, Here Not There, one year later. This album was a departure from her debut, in that she mixed New jack swing elements along with hard rock tracks.
Child disappeared from the music scene for several years, but kept herself busy with session recording including providing backing vocals and working on various projects. In 1996, she began work on her third album Surge, as well as continuing to work on side projects and making live appearances. Surge was released in 2001 via her own website on her own record label. Surge features two singles "Almost Beautiful" and "Nice Day". That same year she re-recorded her peace anthem "World Lullabye", included in her first album, and sold the single on her website, all proceeds were donated to the Twin Towers Fund. She recorded a cover of Tina Turner's "We Don't Need Another Hero" for a Tina Turner tribute album released in 2004.
Jane Child's 1990 hit "Don't Wanna Fall in Love" was featured on the video game Grand Theft Auto V, for the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360. Xbox one, and Ps4.
Born into a musical family in Toronto, Jane Child took violin lessons from her father and voice lessons from her mother. Rock wasn't allowed in her home, but she did listen to an R&B station from nearby Buffalo, NY, and had hopes of starting a band. Child dropped out of the Royal Conservatory of Music to join a rock band in Toronto. Signed to Warner Music in 1988 on the strength of just a demo tape, Jane Child released her first single, "Don't Wanna Fall in Love," in 1990. Her self-titled debut album appeared that same year and Here and There followed in 1993.