JANIT PAIGE The lights of Las Vegas became a little dimmer April 15, 2019 without star singer Janet Lynn Martinez Andriotis "Turtle" aka Janit Paige (46). Janit was born an entertainer December 20, 1972, in Pueblo, CO. As a young girl she sang in church and enticed friends and family with her songs and dreams of bright lights, big cities. She attended East High School in Pueblo, class of 1989. In search of adventure, in 1991 she joined the band Sister Max and gave herself the persona and stage name "Janit Paige." With them she toured 30 states (including Alaska) for three years singing and dancing in casino showrooms, ski resorts, cruise ships and high energy nightclubs. Her powerhouse vocals and larger than life personality made her an audience favorite on the circuit. Janit was a free spirit. She envisioned her artistic life and boldly set out to create it. Janit moved to Las Vegas in 1994. She was lead vocalist in the band Chyna, impersonated Janet Jackson in the show Divine Divas, and sang with Denita Asberry in "2 Kings - Elvis and Michael Jackson." She sang backup for The Platters, Skip Martin and Kool & the Gang, sang with Gary Anthony's An Afternoon Affair and many musicians and artists in Las Vegas called her friend - always knowing they could call her up to sing a gig with them. Music was her dream life. Singing, dancing, recording. Janit was memorable and always had a creative way of telling a story. She loved to walk into a room and become the life of the party and weave a tale with imagination and spice. Janit also loved animals, especially her fur babies, cat Nikko and dog Jeeter. Janit is survived by her mother, Jacqueline Martinez Montoya; father, Pete Fernando Martinez; sister, Michelle Martinez Cordova; nieces, Danielle Medina, LeAnn Martinez and Yvette Roybal; stepmother, Judy Martinez; stepbrothers, John, Michael and Robert Aguirre; and ex-husband, Takis Andriotis. A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Tue., May 14, at CrossPointe Church, 405 E Grant Ave., Pueblo, CO 81004.
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Published in Las Vegas Review-Journal on May 5, 2019.