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Week of November 21, 2005
Janelle is Livin' for Something
The first single Believe from the Radway singer's new CD is number one on Shine FM
By BILL GLEN
WCR Staff Writer
Janelle Reinhart's second CD release has the potential to cross the musical genres.
Titled Livin' for Something, the 10-song production is a more message laden, forceful work than her first CD New Day that garnered the Radway musician several Christian music awards.
Motherhood has helped mature the singer who performed for Queen Elizabeth II in Edmonton during the royal visit to Canada in May. It seems to have seasoned her work.
Livin' for Something just may tweak some mainstream ears.
"The album is about living not for ourselves, but for Christ," Reinhart said.
Top of the charts
New Day sold 13,000 copies and within a week of its release, Livin' has sold some 2,000.
The first single, Believe, is number one on Shine FM charts in Edmonton and Calgary.
"The song is about taking the first leap of faith. A lot of young people today feel alone and don't quite understand why they are living. If they were to take that first step to believe in something greater than them in Christ, then they can see there is a world of opportunity open to them. It's about believing," she said.
Amanda MacDonald first heard Reinhart at Lac Ste. Anne's Family Life Conference in 2003.
"Her music is upbeat and exciting. It gives a good message of God's love. It's fun to listen to."
The 16-year-old pre-ordered Livin' for Something at this year's conference. She said waiting several months for the CD to arrive in the mail was agonizing.
"I was so excited. She is a very good Christian role model giving the message that Jesus is alive in each of us."
Reinhart said it is both a responsibility and an honour to be a messenger.
"I want to make sure that everything I do is brought with integrity, that what I am on stage is what I am in real life."
Reinhart said it is a reality check to sing to an audience screaming her name one minute, leave the stage and then change a dirty diaper.
"It's about being genuine because young people see though fakeness.
"I want to make sure I am authentic in what I do just like we are all called to do for Christ in whatever walk of life we pursue."
Reinhart penned the intensely personal ballad Dying To Be With You for an aunt who died in 1999 of cancer, leaving behind a husband and two young children.
It was Reinhart's first experience losing a member of her immediate family. It was a time she began to question God.
"I was asking a lot of questions like 'Why did God do this?' and 'What was his will in this?' It was difficult to watch my uncle and his kids in so much pain.
" But at the same time, my aunt fought her battle with great faith. She was an incredible example for all of us. Her legacy is her hope for something greater than this earthly life."
Warren Dungen is director of diocesan youth ministries for the Diocese of Prince Albert. He said Reinhart and her band ONE80 are an accommodating professional act.
"I thought they stepped it up a notch from their previous album.
"This one has a broader appeal," he said.
Several students from the Prince Albert Diocese were attending John Paul II Bible School in Radway about a year ago. While visiting the students, Dungen had a chance to hear Reinhart's music.
"I'm glad that as an artist, she lives what she teaches. There is credibility as a Catholic Christian. I think she's the best female Catholic artist out there," he said.
To order a copy of Livin' for Something, call 1-780-736-3606.