Singer, songwriter, mother, sister, teacher, Jannel Rap has opened her heart and her music to what might be possible. Her mission: use the power of music to create awareness for missing people and a door of hope for their families. She is the founder of the GINA for Missing Persons FOUNDation. Jannel has shared the stage with Nickel Creek, Loudon Wainwright III, Sophie B. Hawkins, John Waite, Lowen & Navarro, Hal Ketchum, Don McLean, Susan Gibson and more.
In 2011, Jannel embarked on a new project with her son, Elijah. The duo was part of the The Ride for Their Lives, an over 30-day cross country bike ride that was an effort to raise awareness to help create a safer country for our children.
Jannel's 5th CD, ka-lai-do-schope, was picked as one of the Top CDs of 2005 by the Orange County Register. Her fourth album, Blue, was also chosen by the Orange County Register as one of the top three releases of 2001. Selected as an honored Alumni from her high school, her picture now sits next to Senator Robert Kerrey's. She has contributed her songs to raise money for organizations like Loma Linda and Teammates Mentoring.
Jannel's band Clementine toured the country twice for the Squeaky Wheel® Tour in 2008 and 2009. The media, the events and the crowds helped to gain attention for America's many missing and people were found during that time frame.
In 2011, the Squeaky Wheel® Tour gained national media recognition for the missing. People Magazine, Inside Edition and other national media outlets and major local media throughout the country covered the tour. Elizabeth and Ed Smart joined the tour to lend their support. The nation reached out to help make a difference.
In 2014, the Squeaky Wheel® Tour visited Minneapolis/Saint Paul. The tour was joined by Patty Wetterling. The local major media covered the event at North Central University. Most importantly a family that had been waiting for media for twenty-five years finally received it for their missing daughter. It became the highlight for that tour.
In 2020, the Squeaky Wheel® Tour moved online due to the worldwide Pandemic. Musicians from all over participated on social media and other media platforms. A special 20th Anniversary video was made and can be viewed on the Squeaky Wheel® Tour website.