Janie Lidey is a speaker, best selling author, Emmy-Winning Composer and Grammy winning music educator who dedicated herself to teaching music in the public schools of Alaska for 26 years. She started out teaching music in remote, fly-in only villages and in 2011, after 17 years as the choir director and guitar teacher at Grammy Award Winning East High School Janie stepped out of the safety and comfort of one school to make the world her classroom.
Lidey has been recognized for her excellence through winning an Emmy for her songwriting; a Grammy for the fine arts program she helped direct at East High School in Anchorage, Alaska; the Mayor’s Arts Award which recognizes excellence in music education; and, a spot on the George Lucas Edutopia website for her role in helping make the world a better place. Mrs. Lidey not only taught her students to sing and play the guitar, she taught them to live their lives with passion, kindness, love, hope and gratitude. The most important lesson was to instill the belief in her students that they could be or do anything they dreamed or imagined. Seeing the effect she was having on her students throughout the years made Janie feel a responsibility to step out and contribute on a global level.
Janie speaks to audiences across the country
inspiring them to take a Leap of Faith and
create the life they have only dared to dream about.
She has spoken at events including: Women Who Rock Event in Los Angeles California. The Rachel’s Challenge Summit in Denver Colorado, (Columbine Tragedy) Women’s Conferences in Alaska, California and Iowa, Lion’s International 8 to Great Event in Anchorage, Alaska, American Cancer Relays along the west coast, and Personal Growth Events, to name a few. She also had the opportunity to perform alongside John Carter Cash at Willie Nelson’s 80th birthday tribute in Nashville, Tennessee.
Janie has lived in Alaska for over 30 years and has enjoyed many leaps of faith along the way. She taught music in 8 remote, fly-in only villages, was a forklift operator for a salmon fishery in Bristol Bay where she occasionally sang and played her guitar in the saloon during fish closures, skied double diamond expert-only ski runs, paraglided off Hatcher Pass, ran a Segway Tour Business around Lake Hood and built her own log home with her husband Sean where they have lived together with their son Tristan for 15 years. They share their yard with an occasional mama and baby moose, black bear, brown bear and lynx but their favorite four-legged friend is their big yellow lab Beaver.
In December of 2017, Janie was diagnosed with stage IV metastatic breast cancer. When the doctors told her it was incurable, she told them that didn’t work for her. On April 27, 2018, just 5 short months after the diagnosis, Janie was cancer free. She is using her miracle story and inspirational music to infuse hope, love and light into her audiences.