When 18 year Irish singer-songwriter Janet Devlin announced she was playing a couple of fan-only shows to preview tracks for her highly anticipated debut album, it wouldn’t have come as a surprise to many that she chose Sheffield as one of the cities where she would be playing.
Janet, who hails from the small village of Gortin in Northern Ireland, and appeared on ITV’s X Factor show in 2011, has spent the last few months living in Sheffield whilst recording her debut album with Grammy Award winning producer and songwriter Eliot Kennedy (Take That, Celine Dion, Bryan Adams). On Sunday evening, Janet took to the stage at the intimate Greystones venue in Sheffield to perform a series of exclusive new tracks for her fans.
Rather than signing to a Major record label, Janet has chosen a direct-to-fan platform called PledgeMusic to fund the recording of her debut album. Thousands of Janet’s fans have pre-ordered her CD, album artwork, signed posters, tour ‘meet & greets’ and a whole host of other exciting packages. She received huge support from her fans around the world and reached her PledgeMusic target on New Years Eve. Pledges are still coming in from fans wanting to be the first to hear the album.
One of the things which fans had Pledged for were two fan-only shows. Janet’s set on Sunday evening at The Greystones contained a number of brand new tracks, one of the highlights being ‘Wonderful’ which Janet has wrote with one of her favourite artists, Newton Faulkner.
Janet closed the show, alone on stage with just her acoustic guitar, performing a sublime version of the classic Ben E King track ‘Stand By Me’, a far cry from the shy 16 year old who appeared in front of Gary, Tulisa, Louis and Kelly on the X Factor in 2011.