"Amarillo by Morning" is not just a song to Clifton Jansky It's the story of his life.One of the lines in the song says, "Little did I know, God had a plan that was bigger than Tennessee."
As a young boy growing up in South Texas, Jansky's dream was to stand on the stage of the Grand Ole Opry with the big boys and sing. He had his first band at the age of 11, and recorded his first record at the age of 17. He was so successful in South Texas that country music was his sole source of income for 22 years.
As a mainstream country artist, he had 12 records on country radio, including a regional hit with "Amarillo by Morning" three years before George Strait. Jansky opened shows for Gary Morris, Lee Greenwood, Tanya Tucker, Eddie Rabbitt, and Holly Dunn.
It seemed as if he was one song away from really hitting the big times, but in reality Jansky was one prayer away from changing his life and his dreams forever.
After his band trailer was stolen and a marriage ended in divorce, he began to attend Bible study in January 1984 at the age of 27. For the first time, he heard the Word of God and that God had a plan for his life. On May 3, 1984, he took his eyes off his yesterdays and his future dreams, and put his faith in Jesus Christ.
"I felt like I weighed three ounces after praying that prayer, and I've never been the same since," Jansky said.
He released his first single "Heart Transplant" to Christian country radio in August 2000. In November 2001 Jansky sang at the Christian Country Music Association Awards Show in Nashville, where he was named the 2001 CCMA New Artist of the Year. He has also been awarded the 2002 CCMA Male Vocalist of the Year, 2004 CCMA Entertainer of the Year, and 2005 CCMA Songwriter of the Year.
He ministers in the prisons and jails with Bill Glass, as well as doing revivals, concerts, banquets and rodeos for everyone who rings his phone.
"I am now doing what God created me to do," Jansky said. "My heart is to go where the people are and share God's love through my music and my life."Jansky resides in San Antonio, Texas, and has been in full-time ministry for more than 24 years. He has committed his life to going where the people are and giving them the opportunity to give their lives to the Jesus who has totally and dramatically changed his life.