Janet Devlin is a 26-year-old Northern Irish singer-songwriter, who grew up the only girl and youngest of four, outside the village of Gortin in County Tyrone. Fueled by a love of bands like Foo Fighters and Red Hot Chili Peppers and inspired by their songwriting, she taught herself to play instruments by ear and penned her own songs. Her musicality and determination flourished from a young age and she joined YouTube in 2006 at age 12 to push out her music to the public. This 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 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 skillfully captures a range of feelings associated with Christmas. Each of Janet’s releases was followed by an accompanying tour, which saw her travel around the UK and Ireland, as well as the East Coast of North America.
2018 was a real turning point for Janet as she embarked on new experiences! She made her screen debut for Triskelle Pictures’ indie film Songbird. While writing the script, award-winning screenwriter Tommy Draper was inspired to write the part of Jennifer specifically for her. Janet wrote two original songs for the film, of which ‘Chandeliers’ has gone on to win numerous awards; Original Song, The Midlands Movies Awards 2019; Best Foreign Theme Song, Artemis Women In Action Film Festival 2019, and was nominated for Best Score/Soundtrack, Nexus Film Awards 2019.
Over the last twelve years Janet’s been posting on YouTube, but 2018 saw her creating bi-weekly video content for nearly half a million subscribers including original music, cover versions, vlogs and poetry, and posts on a variety of subjects including mental health, sexuality and bullying. 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, and she’s been confirmed as a guest at the YouTube Creator Summit this summer.
On 5th June 2020, Janet Devlin stepped back into the spotlight as her brave and ambitious dual concept album and autobiography were released – ‘Confessional’. They offer an intimate look into a decade of the singer- songwriter’s life; from the years leading up to her appearance on the X Factor, to the present, as well as giving those who struggle with the same mental health issues that Janet has survived, a sense of comfort and hope that they too, shall overcome. The album is fueled by pop songs that wear not only their hearts, but their scars, on their sleeves: the purest confessions of a young life lived less ordinary, twelve true-to-life tales, each as candid and powerful as the next. Each chapter in the book unlocks the truth behind each song on Confessional; and as Janet says, “The only way out now – is up.”
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