Country musician Janelle Arthur was born and raised in East Tennessee in the tiny town of Oliver Springs. She started singing and performing in the middle of the Smoky Mountains at 8 years old. Arthur performed thousands of shows in the area before moving to Nashville in 2010.
Arthur was a Top 5 American Idol Finalist (Season 12), advancing to the top out of 120k competitors. She not only had worldwide exposure on American Idol but also has been seen on shows like TODAY, Live! With Kelly and Michael, and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.
She has also been an opening act for country artists like Craig Morgan, Rascal Flatts, and has performed with The Henningson’s The Band Perry, and Vince Gill. Her lifelong dream was to play at the legendary Grand Ole Opry Stage and she has achieved that dream 22 times.
Arthur’s brand new single “Hand Me Downs,” was produced by Jen Stegall and Arthur, and was co-written with Emily Lynch. Her mom’s heartbeat can be heard throughout the song. “Hand Me Downs,” brings Arthur’s own story with Parton full circle-from acting like her as a child in Paradise Road, to singing a duet with her as an adult.
When Parton heard “Hand Me Downs,” she was so moved that she offered to sing on the song say, “Us East Tennessee girls gotta stick together.” “Hand Me Downs,” is a sentimental anthem about family, heirlooms, things you acquire from your family, and taking pride in your culture. This song also has been one of “Nashville best kept secrets,” since it was written only a few years ago.
Arthur bought in her family and friends to sing in the choir parts of the song. The musicians on the record did not know they were playing on what would become a duet with legendary Dolly Parton. If you would like to find out more about the talented Janelle Arthur, then please go check out each of her social media pages for info about her music and upcoming tour dates.
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