What I Gotta Say
It seems like just yesterday Janelle sang for the late Pope John Paul II and close to 1 million people at World Youth Day in Toronto, 2002. The 25 year old dynamo was chosen from entrants around the world to sing and record the World Youth Day 2002 theme song and perform with her band 26 times throughout the 6 day event in Toronto. Since then, she has toured Canada, the US and New Zealand bringing souls closer to Christ through her music and message. Janelle grew up in the small French town of Legal, Alberta. By the time she was 5 years old it was apparent that this sparkling, vibrant little girl had an extraordinary gift. From a very early age, her mother and grandmother taught her old French folk songs, after which came plenty of exposure singing in Church. By age 14, Janelle had become the lead singer with a contemporary Christian band, hosting evenings in Edmonton, Alberta that regularly attracted 300-600 youth. After singing with this group for 4 years, Janelle moved to New Zealand where she attended ICPE School of Evangelization. Upon her return to Canada, she joined the LVC team, singing, recording and helping with administration. Soon after, Janelle married LVC's director of operations, Jason Reinhart, presently her manager. The couple currently lives and works in Lloydminster, Alberta with their two children, Eric and Monique. Janelle and her current band, ONE80, have been touring throughout Canada and the United States extensively, growing in their art and their faith. They have a clear objective - to reach youth with a positive and Christ-centered message, offering hope to a hurting world. Janelle's first solo album, 'New Day', produced in Nashville, Tennessee, was released at WYD2002. In 2005, Janelle released a new single 'Be Not Afraid - Open Wide Your Heart' in honor of Pope John Paul II. The release of this song resulted in over 25 radio and television interviews, including an appearance on NBC Dateline following the passing of His Holiness, John Paul II. In 2005, Janelle was further blessed with the honor of singing for Queen Elizabeth II in Edmonton during the Royal visit to Canada. She also had the privilege of opening for the popular Christian musician, Michael W. Smith at the Saskatchewan Centre of the Arts - one of only two Canadian performances. In 2005 she released, 'Livin' for Something' which received a Juno Nomination and then in 2008 released her latest album, 'What I Gotta Say'.