Janet Elizabeth Jarriel founded JEJ Artists, an exclusive talent agency for performing artists, in 1996. With a diverse background in performance and administration, Janet serves a select roster of artists with international reputations and credits including Metropolitan Opera soprano Angela M. Brown, internationally-acclaimed organist Diane Bish, revered choral conductor and organist Stephen Cleobury, and other noted musicians.
JEJ Artists’ clients have been featured in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Oprah magazine, Opera News, Reader’s Digest, The Chicago Tribune, and The Boston Globe, in major motion films and television broadcasts, and perform around the world with the finest orchestras, music festivals, opera houses, and concert series. Former clients include two-time Grammy Award recipient Sylvia McNair, international opera baritone Timothy Noble, actor and stage director John de Lancie, sacred music icon Ken Medema, and many other legacy artists.
After receiving her undergraduate degree in voice from Mercer University in Macon, Georgia, in 1989, Janet became a soprano soloist for the 6000-member Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. While there, she made numerous appearances on the church’s weekly, internationally broadcast television program and its concert series.
She also appeared as a guest artist on The Joy of Music Television Series and later became the producer of this internationally broadcast series. During that time, she and Diane Bish, host and creator of the program, moved the production office of The Joy of Music to Bloomington, Indiana, to collaborate with the local PBS station there. While living in Bloomington, Janet obtained her Master’s degree in Arts Administration from Indiana University and began JEJ Artists.
Janet has produced and assisted with a large number of music television programs and served on the staff of the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, widely considered to be one of the top schools of music in the world. She has also consulted for performing arts schools and organizations in the United States and is proud to have been a part of the formative years of the Townsend School of Music and the Robert McDuffie Center for Strings at Mercer University. Most recently, she consulted for Celebrating Grace, a sacred music publishing company with worship arts resources for ecumenical churches, children’s choirs, and sacred musicians.
Janet resides near Nashville, Tennessee, with her son and daughter, Haiz and Marie Claire Webb, and their champion German shorthair pointer, Zauber Hund von Lexington “Lexi” and other furry, family companions.