Janet Devlin will play her 14th consecutive gig on Saturday in Belfast, the culminating night of the Imaginarium Tour.
Having taken in cities like London, Cardiff, Sheffield, Glasgow, Birmingham and Oxford over the past month, the Gortin singer says she is particularly looking forward to this return to Irish audiences, from towns she knows so well.
Touring her new album, ‘Hide and Seek’ which was released to pledgers earlier this summer, the former X Factor starlet says the tour has been ‘wonderful’ so far.
“I’ve done 12 at this stage and the Belfast and Dublin gigs will be the end,” Janet told the Strabane Chronicle this week. “I’m looking forward to these ones.”
She added, “The single is coming out next month, November 17 or 18 and in-between now and then I’ll be making the music video. Then there’s radio tours and telly tours to promote the single – it’s all go.”
Janet says she has already noticed which songs from Hide and Seek are becoming the most popular with fans. Wonderful, the first song on the album, is one of the favourites and according to Janet, this is the song likely to get the nod as single release.
“It gets a great reaction,” she continued. “The single isn’t even out yet and I’m still surprised people are turning out to see me. It’s been going great. Hump de Bump (Red Hot Chilli Peppers) gets a good reaction too.”
By now too Janet has signed to a new label Thumbprint, a fresh label venture by producer/songwriter Eliott Kennedy (Take That, Spice Girls, The Wanted) who numbers among its collaborators.
‘Hide and Seek’
That album’s title is taken from the track ‘Hide and Seek’, a song which Janet penned at the tender age of seven.
“It’s definitely had a lot of what I call ‘refurbishment’ since then, but the meaning, the essence behind it is still the same, the theme of playing hide and seek with love as its basis,” she insists.
Janet believes this ‘refurbishing’ ability has improved through co-writing with like-minded singer/songwriters. These include Joshua Radin, Jack Savoretti and Newton Faulkner – a man she idolised since the age of 12.
“I didn’t ever think someone like him would want to work with me,” she exclaims. “I struggle to write happy songs, as I write a lot of poetry that’s quite dark and not very cheerful and I normally take those poems and turn them into songs. There are more adjectives in sadness than there are in happiness.
“But working with him is great because he is such a happy soul and I was so happy to be working with him, it was genuine, the songs weren’t happy because we were trying to write ‘happy songs’ – it’s that we were happy when we wrote them.”
Hide and Seek has already been given to pledgers who gifted through Pledgemusic.com The album proper is due for release on Thumbprint in early 2014.
• For further information about Janet, the album or what’s happening next, log onto janetdevlin.com. The lady herself is appearing at the Oh Yeah Music Centre this Saturday night in Belfast. A limited number of tickets remain on ticketmaster.ie