Janice Kapp Perry was born in Ogden, Utah and lives in Provo with her husband Douglas. She has five children and over a dozen grandchildren. Perry received a degree from Brigham Young University in 1960 and she raised her children. In the late 1970s she got her “two lucky breaks” as she calls them when she broke her ankle playing basketball, and simultaneously the family TV broke. While recuperating from her injuries, and with nothing to do, her bishop asked her to write original music for the ward roadshow, which initiated her future musical success.
Perry served as a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) in Chile with her husband from 2002 to 2004. She later served with her husband as a missionary in Provo assigned to a Spanish-speaking ward. In 2007, Perry wrote children’s songs about each one of the 15 presidents of the LDS Church. In early 2008, Perry set Church President Gordon B. Hinckley’s poem “What is this Thing Called Death” to music after one of her nieces died. This was done just in time for it to be sung by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir at Hinckley’s funeral.