Con­tin­ued suc­cess and recog­ni­tion

St. An­thony-born Janet Cull nom­i­nated for five Mu­sic NL awards and open­ing for k.d. lang

Northern Pen - - EDITORIAL - BY KYLE GREENHAM ST. AN­THONY, NL

St. An­thony-born mu­si­cian Janet Cull is up for five Mu­sic NL awards for her 2016 record Real Tough Love.

Al­ways sur­rounded by mu­sic, Cull was pre­par­ing for her ca­reer at a very young age.

She grew up belt­ing hymns in the Sal­va­tion Army Ci­tadel in St. An­thony, and her fa­ther was also a singer.

Cull says her first record­ing date backs to when she was four.

“Singing in the con­gre­ga­tion grow­ing up was very in­flu­en­tial in my mu­si­cal di­rec­tion,” Cull said. “That’s where I learned to sing har­mony.”

She was en­cour­aged by friends to make her singing into a ca­reer, and she’s spent the past 18 years in St. John’s pursu- ing that goal to strong suc­cess.

This year Cull is nom­i­nated for Fac­tor Al­bum of the Year, Fe­male Artist of the Year, En­ter­tainer of the Year, Ron Hynes SOCAN Song­writer of the Year and Pop Rock Artist of the Year.

But this is not the first oc­ca­sion Mu­sic NL has rec­og­nized her tal­ents. Cull was nom­i­nated for six awards in 2004, and won four. She also co-pro­duced an al­bum in 2007 that she won her an­other Mu­sic NL award.

Cull says 2017 has been her most suc­cess­ful year yet, as she is now pre­par­ing to open for ac­com­plished Cana­dian mu­si­cian k.d. lang on Sept. 14.

“She’s a hero of mine, so I’m su­per ex­cited,” Cull said. “She once sang backup with Roy Or­bi­son and that must’ve been quite the moment for her. And this must be the equiv­a­lent for me.

“It will be the high­light thus far of my ca­reer for sure.”

Cull is cur­rently on tour hit­ting the smaller ru­ral pock­ets of the is­land. Her most re­cent ap­pear­ance on the North­ern Penin­sula was a gig in Woody Point.

With 20 years of ex­pe­ri­ence, Cull says it’s a hard-work­ing and chal­leng­ing line of work. She feels with a ca­reer in per­form­ing mu­sic, it’s best to go at it from a self-em­ployed per­spec­tive.

“It takes time to fig­ure it out,” she said. “You have to fig­ure how you want to do it, be­cause the in­dus­try is tough.”

Cull will be play­ing Labrador in Oc­to­ber, and hopes to reach some more North­ern Penin­sula dates next sum­mer.

The 2017 Mu­sic NL Awards take place on Oct. 15 at the St. John’s Con­ven­tion Cen­tre.

PHOTO BY ALICK TSUI

Janet Cull has been pur­su­ing a ca­reer in mu­sic for the past 20 years. She is nom­i­nated for five Mu­sic NL awards with her 2016 al­bum Real Tough Love. Cull will also be open­ing for k.d. lang on Sept. 14.

PHOTO BY CHRIS LEDREW

Janet Cull with her group The Na­tive Side’s drum­mer El­liot Dicks.

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