|This biographical article relies on references to primary sources. (May 2007)|
|Born||October 18, 1956|
|Origin||Reidsville, North Carolina|
|Genres||Southern gospel, inspirational|
|Occupation(s)||Singer, musician, songwriter, author|
|Labels||Vine, Spring Hill Music Group|
|Associated acts||The LeFevres, The Rex Nelon Singers, Jimmy Swaggart, Bill Gaither|
Janet Paschal is a native of Reidsville, North Carolina. She was raised in a Christian and musically inclined family. Her grandfather was a minister who served as a great inspiration in her life. Following her high school graduation, Paschal was invited to become a member of the southern gospel group, The LeFevres. The group then 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 entitled I Give You Jesus on Jimmy Swaggart’s ministry label, Shiloh Records.
Her 1994 album, Journey of Grace, made a mark, but it was her 1997 album, The Good Road, and also a book by the same title (authored by Paschal), that put her on the map. Since then, she has released seven more successful albums, received several awards and Dove and Grammy nominations.
In 2005, Paschal was diagnosed with breast cancer and received 11 months of treatment. Following a clean bill of health, Paschal recorded a new 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. In 2012, she won the Diamond Award for Best Female Vocalist for the fourth time.
Paschal's self-penned song, "Another Soldier's Coming Home" was written as a tribute to her grandfather. It became an instant hit and broadened Janet's audience tremendously. She was invited to perform the song for the national memorial service of Michael Blassie, the first unknown soldier to be exhumed and positively identified. The song is frequently performed by the United States Army Band and in a special video presentation at Los Angeles' Forest Lawn Memorial Park. It was the signature song for the organization, Grief Share.
Paschal made history with the release of her first single from the 2008 Treasure album. Her single, "Hide Me Sweet Rock of Ages", landed at the No. 1 position on the August 2009 Singing News Top 80 Chart. Janet is the first full-time female soloist to have a No. 1 song on the magazine's charts. 1
In 1999, Paschal married an airline pilot.They reside in North Carolina. In 2005, she was diagnosed with breast cancer and received 12 months of treatment. As of July 2012, Paschal has been deemed cancer-free.2
- 1975: Experience The LeFevres
- 1976: Gospel Music U.S.A.
- 1977: Sing Your Request
- 1977: Singing 'Till He Comes
- 1977: I've Never Been This Homesick Before
- 1977: The Sun's Coming Up
- 1978: Live
- 1979: Feelings
- 1980: Expressions Of Love
- 1980: One More Song
- 1980: Sing the Gospel
- 1981: One Step Closer
- 1994: Promised Reunion (The Nelons)
- 1986: I Give You Jesus
- 1987: An Evening With Janet Paschal
- 1987: Live!
- 1988: Janet Paschal
- 1990: Language of the Heart
- 1991: Simple Trust
- 1994: Journey of Grace
- 1997: The Good Road
- 1998: Grateful Hearts
- 1998: Make Us One
- 1998: Sweet Life
- 1999: Christmas
- 2000: Songs For A Lifetime
- 2000: Women of Integrity
- 2002: This is Janet
- 2004: Home Again
- 2007: Greatest Hits
- 2007: Sounds Like Sunday
- 2007: The Best Of Janet Paschal Live
- 2008: Treasure
- 1993: One Special Christmas; David T. Clysedale "Home for Christmas Medley: I'll Be Home for Christmas/White Christmas"
- 1995: Sisters: The Story Goes On "Godspeed" with Babbie Mason and Tanya Goodman-Sykes
- 1996: Tribute: The Songs of Andrae Crouch (various artists) "My Tribute (To God Be the Glory)"
- 1997: Big Band Hymns; Chris McDonald "Let Us Break Bread Together"
- 1997: Lovin' God & Lovin' Each Other; Gaither Vocal Band
- 1999: Vestal & Friends duet with Vestal Goodman on "Friends"
- 2000: Fields Of Grace duet with Kirk Talley on title song
- 2000: Hands of Time; Anthony Burger "What a Savior Medley: What a Savior/He Came To Me/Oh, What a Savior"
- 2002: Homecoming Lullabies "Between Here And Heaven"
- 2002: More Than The Music, Vol. 1; Vestal Goodman "Another Soldier's Coming Home"
- 2003: It's My Life; Mike Bowling (background vocals)
- 2003: Masterpiece; Anthony Burger "Over the Rainbow"
- 2005: A Tribute To George Younce
- 1995: All Day Singin' and Dinner On The Ground "Lead Me To The Rock", "I Am Not Ashamed"
- 1995: Holy Ground
- 1996: Sunday Meetin' Time
- 1998: Atlanta Homecoming "Something Got A-Hold Of Me"
- 1998: Because He Lives
- 1998: Down By The Tabernacle "Tell Me"
- 1998: Hawaiian Homecoming "Born Again", "God Will Make A Way"
- 1998: Marching To Zion "Another Soldier's Coming Home"
- 1999: Kennedy Center Homecoming "The Body And The Blood"
- 1999: So Glad "Born Again"
- 2000: 50 Years: The Happy Goodman Family "Friends"
- 2000: Christmas In The Country "Sitting By The Fire"
- 2000: Oh, My Glory! "How Are Things At Home?"
- 2001: What A Time! "God Will Make A Way"
- 2002: God Bless America "It's Lucky We Met", "It Won't Rain Always"
- 2002: New Orleans Homecoming "He'll Deliver Me"
- 2003: Australian Homecoming "My Soul Is Anchored To The Rock", "I Will Never Leave You Alone"
- 2003: Heaven "It's Not About Now"
- 2004: This Is My Story "You're Still Lord"
- 2004: We Will Stand When I Survey The Wondrous Cross"
- 2005: Jerusalem "El Shaddai"
Paschal served as the spokeswoman for an international Christian relief organization, "Mission of Mercy".
Paschal has authored two books: in 1997, "The Good Road", a collection of her own writings and reflections on life, based on the book of Jeremiah; in 2008, "Treasures of the Snow".
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