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Janice Kapp

Perry
Lyricist & Composer

Janice Kapp Perry Biography


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
childrens 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.

Janice Kapp Perry Biography


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

Janice Kapp Perry Biography


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.
Janice Kapp 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 OsmondsSecond Generation and she has co-written with Senator
Orrin Hatch.

Janice Kapp Perry Biography


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, Im
Trying to Be like Jesus, and I Love to See the Temple
are among the most popular Primary songs.

Janice Kapp Perry Biography


In 2013, LDS Living posted a 100 Greatest LDS Songs list
and A Childs Prayer (Perrys 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.

Janice Kapp Perry Biography


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. Bushs 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.

Janice Kapp Perry Biography


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.
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.

Janice Kapp Perry Biography