JANET Devlin says she’s relishing the prospect of singing for the Dalai Lama later this month in Derry.
Set to perform at the Children In Crossfire’s ‘Culture of Compassion’ event in the city on April 18, Janet will join Christy Moore in a special concert to celebrate His Holiness The Dalai Lama’s visit to the North.
“I can’t wait,” she enthused. “It’s a great opportunity.
“I was asked by the organisers a while back if it was something I’d be interested in and I agreed immediately. I didn’t want to let the opportunity pass.”
The former X Factor singer, who is the final stages of studio time for her forthcoming album, revealed she used the Dalai Lama’s teachings as a method of relaxing during the live stages of the show.
2,500 people are expected to attend the Venue in Ebrington to see the Dalai Lama this month. The event will be broadcast live on the Children in Crossfire official website, as well as the Dalai Lamas Official website.
The Dalai Lama is a high lama in the Gelug school of Tibetan Buddhism.
“It’s a big deal for me,” the Gortin teenager continued. “I read the Dalai Lama’s wisdom books some time ago and his positive thinking helped me during the X Factor.
“I’m really looking forward to the concert.”
She added, “In terms of the album, I have two more days in the studio and then that’s it. It’ll then just be a matter of mixing it and then it’ll be ready.
“It’s exciting times too because at the moment we have a couple of (record) labels interested in signing so we’ll have to see which offer suits best.”