Janice Kapp Perry

The woman who nominated Janice Kapp Perry as Utah Mother of the Year wrote the following:

I experienced a close up live concert with Janice Kapp Perry and was astonished not only by her music but by the example of motherhood and inspiration that her entire life has been. I asked her son to e-mail some information about her contributions and he share the following…. Janice and her husband live in Provo, close to their children and grandchildren. She had her musical training at BYU and met her husband in her music classes. She started composing at 38 after years of participating in many sports. This stay-at-home formed a music business which now spans the globe and has involved her whole family—she has published over 1,200 songs, musicals and cantatas. Ten of her songs are in the Children’s Songbook of the LDS church. She has written and published 156 hymns in recent years.

Janice’s works have been performed and recorded by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, Gladys Knight, Country duo Brooks & Dunn, the Osmonds Second Generation, and was sung on the Oprah Winfrey Show after 9-11. Her song “Heal Our Land” (written with Orrin Hatch) was performed at the second inauguration of George W. Bush.

Janice received the Exemplary Woman Award from Ricks College in 1997 and the BYU Alumni Distinguished Service Award in 1998. She received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Faith Centered Music Association in 2001. She sang in the Mormon Tabernacle Choir in the ‘90s. She served a mission to Santiago Chile with her husband in 2002-03. They regularly speak at musical firesides throughout the U.S. and other countries. In 2009 BYU-TV produced a 60-minute documentary entitled Janice Kapp Perry: A Life of Service and Song.