Janet Paschal

Janet Paschal

Of her life, Janet says, ''I conclude simply that, for me, there is no other way but to follow Christ. To study Him. To pursue Him. He has carved a place in my heart that yearns for Him.''

Janet Paschal is an inspirational gospel vocalist and writer, often hailed as one of the most soulfully versatile voices in Christian Music. A native of Reidsville, North Carolina, Paschal was raised in a religious and musically gifted family. Her grandfather was a minister who served as a great inspiration in her life.

Following her high school graduation, Paschal was invited to join the gospel singing family, the LeFevres. The group changed its name to the Rex Nelon Singers after the last LeFevre retired from the group. From there she became a member of televangelist Jimmy Swaggart's Crusade Team. In 1986, Paschal began her solo career, releasing her first album titled, I Give You Jesus on Jimmy Swaggart's ministry label, Shiloh Records. Several other albums followed, but none gained the commercial success that would occur after Janet's 1992 move to Nashville, Tennessee.

Her 1994 album, Journey of Grace, made a mark, but it was her 1997 album, The Good Road and a book by the same title (authored by Paschal) that put her on the map. Since then, she has released nine more successful albums, garnering numerous awards and Dove and Grammy nominations. She is consistently named one of Christian Music's top female vocalists. With more than 100 concerts a year, Paschal has performed at such notable venues as Carnegie Hall, The Sydney Opera House, The Grand Ole Opry, and The Kennedy Center. After moving to Nashville in 1992, Janet became the Official Spokesperson for Mission of Mercy, an international Christian relief organization. Following her first trip to Calcutta, India, she concluded, ''You realize there's a whole world out there that God cares about.''

Janet Paschal

Her singing family galvanized in her an unrelenting desire to sing. She single-mindedly pursued her dream and began singing professionally after high school. Her good road has led her through doors which she's convinced God opened. She offers, ''I used to pray that God would give me the courage to walk through the doors He opens. I still pray that prayer, but with an addendum. I now ask Him to keep me from standing and staring at the doors He closes for so long that I miss the ones He's opening.''

In 2005, Paschal was diagnosed with breast cancer and received 11 months of treatment. Following a clean bill of health, Paschal recorded a project of hymns titled, Sounds Like Sunday, which benefits breast cancer research. Her latest releases include a CD titled Treasure and a book titled, Treasures of the Snow.

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