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.
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 pursuing 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 back-up 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.