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Northern Irish singer-songwriter Janet Devlin grew up outside the village of Gortin in County Tyrone, the only girl and youngest of four in her family. Fuelled by a love of bands like Foo Fighters and Red Hot Chili Peppers and inspired by their… (read more)
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Northern Irish singer-songwriter Janet Devlin grew up outside the village of Gortin in County Tyrone, the only girl and youngest of four in her family. Fuelled by a love of bands like Foo Fighters and Red Hot Chili Peppers and inspired by their song-writing, she taught herself to play instruments by ear and penned her own songs. Her musicality and determination flourished from a young age which gained an unexpected but welcome fan base who were ready to support her in the next stage of her music career. In 2011, she caught the public’s attention on Series 8 of The X Factor, where she consistently received the highest consecutive public vote out of all the contestants, and gained a place on the live arena tour.
Janet’s debut album Running With Scissors was released in the UK in June 2014 (reaching number one on the UK Indie Breakers chart) and in North America in Feb 2015. It is full of folk-driven pop songs and heart-touching ballads, which perfectly showcase her unique and enchanting vocals. The tracks are mostly authored by Janet and were recorded up in a staggering 6 weeks; but hidden around the corner you’ll find featured co-writes with Newton Faulkner (‘Creatures Of The Night’ and ‘Hide And Seek’) and Jack Savoretti (‘Delicate’) nestled alongside a surprising and sensitive cover of The Cure’s ‘Friday I’m In Love’. Janet’s other influences at the time included Imogen Heap, Turin Brakes, Adele, Mumford & Sons, Avril Lavigne, Regina Spektor and Florence & The Machine.
Janet slipped into the studio in early 2015 to record a covers EP entitled Duvet Daze, and again in November to release its festive brother full of originals; December Daze. ‘Outernet Song’ is Janet’s catchy single released in 2016 – with her distinctive vocals and ukulele, it showcases her honest and frank lyricism to great effect, and couldn’t be more timely as more and more people embark on a ‘digital detox’. The track got a worthy revival at the start of 2017 when it was remixed by dance-floor maestro Jason Nevins, to industry acclaim. Little Lights EP arrived in 2016, another Christmas cracker which skilfully captures a range of feelings associated with Christmas.
2018 was a real turning point for Janet's YouTube channel - she was invited over to the YouTube Creator Summit in Berlin in September, then again to Athens to attend a Google launch event where she performed and took part in a speaker panel. Another huge highlight was being included in the UK Book of YouTube 2018; an industry manual containing the top 100 most influential YouTubers in the country. At the end of last year Janet released ‘I Lied To You’ – a very personal, soul-searching baring of emotion, which ignited conversations on social media about the challenges young people face in today’s society. The track is a precursor to her long-awaited second album which will be released later this year.
Janet's latest project for 2019 has been setting up her Patreon page, where she can interact with her supporters and provide new content such as music videos and poetry, behind the scenes sneak peeks and exclusive merchandise. Find out more at patreon.com/JanetDevlin.