Janet returns on her own terms

Local songstress Janet Devlin (21) has returned to the musical landscape with a brand-new release, ‘Confessional.’

Set to feature in a forthcoming album, the tune is a darkly defiant folk-tinged anthem and showcases her enchanting vocal style as well as alluding to her Irish heritage.

With its thundering drums – not to mention uilleann pipes, accordion, fiddles, bodhrán, cow’s ribs and whistles – ‘Confessional’ has been described as the fusion of Janet’s identity, inspirations and influences.


Her re-entry to the music scene is seen as the start of a slow-burn, long-term engagement with her large and loyal fanbase, followers retained during her tenure on the hit show X Factor (2011), as well as those gained from her transformation into one of the UK’s most influential YouTube creators with over half a million subscribers.

“If it doesn’t sound like an obvious single, it’s because it’s not meant to,” explained the former Gortin lady.

“It’s a glimpse of what’s to come. I’ve essentially created a concept album, everything is on the table and laid bare.

“There’s going to be nowhere to hide! Everyone is going to get a chance to listen and understand, and I hope my story resonates with people. Consider this release as the perfect first piece of a larger puzzle.”

This song makes a powerful statement, and throws a spotlight on Janet’s decade-long journey towards self-discovery, a fight that has seen her defeat personal demons of every variety.

The track, penned by Janet with Nathan Thomas and produced by Jonathan Quarmby (Lewis
Capaldi, Tom Walker, Benjamin Clementine) is the singer’s announcement to the world that her frank admission of the sins and stories that have defined her journey, will soon be revealed.

It also serves as the title track to a larger anthology of confessions which comprise her hotly-anticipated second album, set to be released April 2020.

“‘Confessional’ feels like the real beginning,” remarked Janet.

“This collection of songs saved me, so the least I could do to repay

them was to let the world have a listen.

“I can’t wait to release my album out into the wild and follow the songs wherever they take me next.”

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