your cart: 0 items $0.00

Biography Of Janice Kapp Perry – Prolific Composer And Lyricist


                                                       Janice Kapp Perry is a prolific composer and lyricist of inspirational music. Janice Kapp Perry was born in Ogden and lives in Provo, Utah with her husband Douglas for 44 years. They have five children’s and over a dozen grandchildren in Utah. Janice and Douglas were interested in many foster children. Janice received her musical training degree at Brigham Young University in 1960.Although she was born into a musical family; she did not begin composing until she was nearly 40 years old. Sports were more important to her. She competed on many city league softball teams and regularly played volleyball and racquetball. Janice Musical Success initiated in the late 1970 through her “two lucky breaks” she calls first break when she broke her ankle playing basketball and her family TV broke simultaneously the same day. Sitting in home nothing to do she was very much upset. At that time her bishop asked her to write original music for the ward roadshow, her musical journey initiated with a great success. She has been writing and recording gospel music for the last 27 years. She composed the hymn “As sisters in Zion” for the LDS hymnbook and has ten songs in the primary songbook. She also served as a relief society president and got Provo ward for 7 years. She got retired in 2000 from singing with the Mormon tabernacle choir. Her music is known worldwide throughout the church. She has produced more than 50 albums of original music, numerous sacred cantatas, and several full-length musicals. Perry served as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter – day Saints in Chile with her husband from 2002 to 2004. She served as a missionary with her husband in Provo and assigned to a Spanish speaking ward. In 2007, her music has been performed by artists such as Gladys Knight, Brooks & Dunn, and The Osmond’s-Second Generation and she has co-written with Senator Orrin Hatch. She received the Ricks College Exemplary Woman Award in 1994, and the BYU Alumni Distinguished Service Award in 1997.She and Douglas enjoy traveling around the nation presenting firesides. Perry co-wrote six albums of songs with Orrin Hatch. Ten years, she was working as a missionary where she would attend many women conferences around United States. She recently has written and published three volumes of new sacred hymns with a variety of hymn text writers, as well as a book telling the stories behind her songs. Songs such as “Love Is Spoken Here,” “I’m Trying to Be like Jesus,” and “I Love to See the Temple” are among the most popular Primary songs. In 2013, LDS Living posted a “100 Greatest LDS Songs” list and “A Child’s Prayer” (Perry’s favorite) topped the list with seven others in the top thirty. Perry has been officially commissioned to write music by The Church of Jesus Christ, including penning “I Walk by Faith” for the Young Women organization. Her process always involves prayer, scripture study, pondering, and then writing. She has over 1300 songs and 50 albums to her credit. Some of her songs have been written in response to personal tragedy. After her fifth and last child died shortly after birth, she wrote “Where Is Heaven?” After her left hand inexplicably became nonfunctional, she wrote “The Test”. Perry music is frequently selected and arranged for the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. Perry and her cousin Joy Saunders Lundberg wrote a full-length musical and performed it 239 times over the span of three years. She has also collaborated with Utah Senator Orrin Hatch to write “Heal Our Land,” which was performed at the National Prayer Breakfast in 2001 and at President George W. Bush’s second inauguration. She also had a remarkable experience when her niece, who was dying of cancer, asked her to set a poem written by President Gordon B. Hinckley to music. She received his permission to write music to “What Is This Thing That Men Call Death?” but did not receive a reply to her request to publish it. When he passed away she thought the song would never be published. He had signed the consent, however, two days before he died. She received his letter the day after his death, and the next day, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir asked for her permission to sing the song at his memorial service. LDs music always love Janice Kapp Perry songs and their LDs hymns because most of her compositions reflect her faith in the gospel of Jesus Christ and her membership in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Leave a Reply


Copyright © 2017 Greg Hansen Music Productions