Black Sheep Signs Vocal Powerhouse Janelle Arthur

Nashville, TN – Black Sheep is proud to welcome Janelle Arthur to their roster. The American Idol finalist and female vocal powerhouse recently premiered her poignant new video for her emotional self-penned song “Hand Me Downs” (featuring Dolly Parton) with People.com.

Arthur’s introduction to performing professionally began at the age of eight in Dollywood’s production of “Paradise Road,” where she portrayed a young Parton. Throughout the years of touring, Janelle has traveled the U.S. and abroad performing thousands of shows including multiple appearances on country music’s most hallowed stage, The Grand Ole Opry.

“The first time I heard Janelle’s duet ‘Hand Me Downs’ I knew she had a talent like no one I have ever heard.  When I had the opportunity to see her perform live that just solidified my belief in her gift. Janelle is a superstar and we are so blessed to be sharing this journey with her,” says Susan Hobbs, CEO/ Black Sheep.

The new music video, a sentimental look at faith and family, also revealed that Janelle is pregnant with a baby girl. This happy news came after Janelle and her husband suffered a miscarriage at six weeks in early 2021. 

“It’s hard to put into words what you go through because you have so many different emotions,” Janelle told People magazine. “It was as if my brain wasn’t prepared for the loss and the sadness of it all. I let myself cry and grieve. And then I just had to trust Him. I just had to trust God’s timing.”

“I can hardly believe it’s real”

“I can hardly believe it’s real. I have been sitting on this for a little while, but I have officially signed my first record deal,” Janelle shared on social media.

I am grateful for this new journey with an incredible team. I can’t thank my family and my hard working, dedicated manager Stephanie Maynard Gastley enough for their unwavering belief in me. Their encouragement as well as the love/support I have felt from my fans over the years are truly what has kept me going.

Janelle continued: “I have always said I would only sign a deal that was the RIGHT deal. Whatever I do in this industry, I’m either going to do it the right and honest way or no way at all. Black Sheep Label Group has that same mission and high standards; therefore, I am SO honored to be aligned with them and could not feel more hopeful about what we can accomplish together. I am thankful to God and I will do my best to give Him all the glory.”

About Brad Jones

Brad is the Owner/Operator of BBB TV 12, and has been with the company since August of 1996. Brad is a 1987 graduate of Coalfield High School and a 1995 graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Communications. He won the 1995 broadcast production student of the year award. Brad worked at Shop at Home, Inc. a home shopping network that was located in Knoxville, TN from 1993 - 1995 and then at Via TV (RSTV, Inc.) from 1995 - 1996. After some freelance work in Nashville, Brad joined the BBB Communications staff in August of 1996. A short stint at WVLT TV as a news photographer was in 2001, but he continued to work at BBB TV as well. Brad is married to Nicole Jenkins Jones, a 1990 graduate of Oak Ridge High School, who works at Oak Ridge Gastroenterology and Associates in Oak Ridge. They have 3 kids, Trevor Bogard, 27, Chandler 22, and Naomi 13. On December 12, 2013 they welcomed their first grandchild, Carter Ryan Bogard. Brad is also the assistant boys basketball coach at Coalfield High School for the past 11 years. In 2013-14 the Yellow Jackets won their first district title since 1991 and just the 4th in school history.

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