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18 months after pixie-voiced teenager Janet Devlin shuffled nervously onto the X-Factor stage, belted out a mesmerising version of Elton John's 'Your Song' and became the only watchable thing about the show's eighth season, the retiring Gortin native continues to buck trends by rejecting record label advances and creating her debut album using fan-funding platform Pledge Music. Almost 2,000 donations later, the flaxen-haired songwriter is almost ready to release her first post-telly offering, which has been made with help from established strummers Newton Faulkner and Joshua Radin. Live versions of two new tracks have already surfaced online, both bearing the 18-year-old's trademark Celtic lilt and breathy singing style; the shoop-led 'Wonderful' is a bright and bouncy airwave-ready lovesong, while 'Crown Of Thorns' is a swirling, sensitive ballad in vein of Alanis Morissette.
Hear: tracks from Janet's Pledge Music-funded debut album at janetdevlin.com.
See: her live when she heads out on an Irish tour in April, taking in Cork, Galway, Dublin and Belfast.