Performing songwriter Janet McLaughlin came to this planet wanting to do two things: ride horses and play guitar.

Janet does both and she does them very well indeed.

The Alabama-born artist has just released her third and most engaging work to date entitled Shine In The Moon. From the passion of Holy Ground to the feel good swing of the title track, this new CD takes the listener on a lovely journey.

The depth of Whispered Prayer and Where I Belong give a kind of insight into the artist's challenge that would delay her project for a while. Days after recording the first four tracks, on December 12, 2005, Janet suffered a subarachnoid hemorrhage, a spontaneous bleed between the brain and the skull. The next five days found her in the neurological intensive care unit of Nashville's Baptist Hospital.

Her doctors credit her survival to her quick response and attention to what she knew was extremely serious. Recovery was maybe slower than Janet would have liked, but it was steady. Family and friends saw her through this most difficult and physically challenging time. She knows she couldn't have done it without their love and support.

Fast forward through 2006 and into 2007. Janet's longtime friend Emily Saliers of the Indigo Girls e-mails her about playing a show with her at Eddie's Attic in Atlanta in early 2008. This message and the excitement around getting out and doing what she loves to do prompted Janet to contact two more longtime friends, Kim Copeland and Susan Tucker, to finish producing her project and to manage her career.

On the road and in the studio, Janet's is a voice to be heard. Her artistry blends beautiful lyrics with outstanding guitar playing, weaving wonderful songs together. Janet's songs have been recorded by a number of artists, including country legend Loretta Lynn, who covered Walk On Water. Her co-writing partners include some of the industry's best - Pat Alger, (The Thunder Rolls - Garth Brooks), Casey Kelly, (Soon - Tanya Tucker), and Steve Seskin (Grown Men Don't Cry - Tim McGraw).

A regular at the world famous Bluebird Cafe in Nashville, Janet also plays Eddie's Attic in Atlanta and the Handlebar in Greenville, SC. Her list of performance clubs also includes CBGB's in New York City, The Roxy in Los Angeles and The Troubadour in West Hollywood. She has toured across the country playing in music venues and over 400 college campuses, and received a nomination for Best Acoustic Act.

Janet has shared the stage with many awesome performers - Emmylou Harris, Shawn Mullins, Christian Bush of Sugarland, Kristen Hall (one-time Sugarland member) and John Prine, just to name a few. She has toured extensively, opening for the Indigo Girls and political comic and TV personality Bill Maher.

For the last couple of years, Janet has volunteered her time at the W.O. Smith Community Music School and for many, many years has donated her time to the Country Music Foundation and Museum for their songwriting program designed for school age students.

An avid reader and lover of all outdoors, Janet enjoys working with and riding, of course, her Quarter horse, Sam. For over ten years, Janet has studied and applied the wisdom of natural horsemanship with and to her beloved equine partner.

Two of the songs on her new CD, First Day of Summer and My All-American Boy celebrate the love she has for her dogs. Once she and her dog, Carson, got into dog agility, there has been no looking back. Janet and Carson, a mix of Australian Shepard and Border Collie, or All-American, run their hearts out at trials and tests put on by USDAA (the United States Dog Agility Association) and NADAC (North American Dog Agility Council). Both groups are open to all dogs. Janet now has three dogs, (her second dog, Keenan also does agility), and three cats. She supports animal rescue as all of her hairy children have been rescue situations.

There are so many wonderfully talented performing songwriters out there. Ranking high among them is Janet McLaughlin. Living in Nashville, she is in the throws of the very happening and growing creative wave found in the area. Check out her recordings and catch her in a live performance. You’ll be glad you did.

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