Janelle Arthur

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Janelle Arthur
Birth name Janelle Oredith Arthur
Born (1989-12-12) December 12, 1989 (age 27)
Oliver Springs, Tennessee
Genres Country
Occupation(s) Singer, songwriter
Instruments Vocals, guitar
Years active 2011–present
Website www.janellearthur.com

Janelle Oredith Arthur (born December 12, 1989) is an American singer and songwriter, who came in fifth place on the twelfth season of American Idol.

Early life[edit]

Arthur was born on December 12, 1989, in Oliver Springs, Tennessee to Gentile Dean and Judy Arthur.[1] She grew up in the congregation of the Churches of Christ at Oliver Springs and is still an active member.[2] When Arthur was eight years old, she portrayed Dolly Parton in a theatrical production of Dolly's life at Dollywood theme park.[3] In 2001, Arthur was hired as a child performer for the Country Tonite Theater,[4] in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. Arthur later returned to the Country Tonite Theater stage as an adult performer and remained with the cast for another four years. She performed in over 3,000 shows in the Pigeon Forge area from 1998 to 2009.

In 2010, Arthur moved to Nashville, Tennessee to pursue her music career.[5]


2012-13: American Idol[edit]

Arthur auditioned in Charlotte, North Carolina. She had auditioned twice before, in the tenth and eleventh seasons. In the tenth season, she was cut in the group round, and in the eleventh season she made it to the Las Vegas round. In the semi-finals of the twelfth season, she performed "If I Can Dream" by Elvis Presley. On March 7, 2013, she was voted into the Top 10.[6] She was eliminated on April 18, 2013 and came in fifth place.[7]

Performances and results[edit]

Season 11[edit]

Episode Theme Song choice Original artist Order # Result
Audition Auditioner's Choice Not aired Not aired N/A Advanced
Hollywood Round, Part 1 A Capella Not aired Not aired N/A Advanced
Hollywood Round, Part 2 Group Performance Not aired Not aired N/A Advanced
Hollywood Round, Part 3 Solo Not aired Not aired N/A Advanced
Las Vegas Round Group Performance "Be My Baby" The Ronettes N/A Eliminated

Season 12[edit]

Episode Theme Song choice Original artist Order # Result
Audition Auditioner's Choice "Where the Blacktop Ends" Keith Urban N/A Advanced
Hollywood Round, Part 1 A Capella "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry" Hank Williams N/A Advanced
Hollywood Round, Part 2 Group Performance Quartet "Be My Baby"
with Angie Miller and Breanna Steer and Kez Ban
The Ronettes N/A Advanced
Hollywood Round, Part 3 Solo "I Told You So" Randy Travis N/A Advanced
Las Vegas Round Personal Choice "Just a Kiss" Lady Antebellum 9 Advanced
Top 20 (10 Women) Personal Choice "If I Can Dream" Elvis Presley 4 Advanced
Top 10 Reveal Victory Song "Home" Dierks Bentley 6 N/A
Top 10 Music of the American Idols "Gone" Montgomery Gentry 2 6th
Top 9 The Beatles "I Will" The Beatles 9 Safe
Top 8 Music of Motor City Duet "Like a Prayer"
with Kree Harrison
Madonna 2 Safe
Solo "You Keep Me Hangin' On" The Supremes 4
Top 7 Rock Solo "You May Be Right" Billy Joel 5 Bottom 21
Trio "It's Still Rock and Roll to Me"
with Kree Harrison and Amber Holcomb
Top 6 Burt Bacharach and Hal David "I'll Never Fall in Love Again" Jerry Orbach and Jill O'Hara 5 Safe
Songs They Wish They'd Written "The Dance" Garth Brooks 11
Top 5 Year They Were Born "When I Call Your Name" Vince Gill 2 Eliminated
Divas "Dumb Blonde" Dolly Parton 7
  • ^Note 1 When Ryan Seacrest announced the results for this particular night, Arthur was in the bottom two, but declared safe as Burnell Taylor was eliminated.

2013-2017: Recordings and Grand Ole Opry[edit]

Arthur took part in the American Idols LIVE! Tour 2013, beginning on July 19 and ending on August 31, 2013. Arthur has been a frequent performer at the Grand Ole Opry, appearing 16 times over the past two years.

Janelle's post-idol debut single, What You Asked For was released on May 6, 2014.[8]

Her first EP, Janelle, was released in November 2015.[9]

On April 21, 2017 Janelle released a new single Light Myself On Fire. Janelle wrote the song with Dana Jorgensen and the recording was produced by Brad Hill [10]

Feature Film - Take Two for Faith[edit]

On August 16, 2016, Silver Line Films, LLC announced it will begin production of a new independent feature film, Take Two for Faith, with Arthur portraying the lead role of Faith Winters. The film is currently in post-production and will be in theaters later in 2017 .[11]



Produced by Brad Hill

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Pine Hill" Janelle Arthur, Marty Dodson , Jennifer Hanson 3:39
2. "Same Ol Same Ol" Arthur, Victoria Veneir 3:10
3. "Front Porch Swing" Arthur, Dana Jorgensen 4:21
4. "Live Again" Arthur, Jorgensen 3:23
5. "Love You Anyway" Arthur, Jorgensen 4:12
6. "This Ole Six String" Arthur, Jorgensen 3:59
Total length: 22:44


Film and television
Year Title Role
2013 American Idol Contestant
2017 Take Two for Faith Faith Winters


  1. ^ "Oliver Springs’ Janelle Arthur advances in ‘Idol’". 4 March 2013. Retrieved 19 March 2013. 
  2. ^ "An 'Idol' favorite". Christian Chronicle. Oklahoma City: Oklahoma Christian University. May 2013. p. 5. Archived from the original on 2013-07-03. Retrieved 2013-04-12. 
  3. ^ "Terry Morrow: 'American Idol's' Janelle Arthur talks of love for Dolly Parton, Nicki Minaj". 14 March 2013. Retrieved 19 March 2013. 
  4. ^ "Pigeon Forge Entertainment - Country Tonite Pigeon Forge Show". Countrytonitepf.com. Retrieved 2013-04-14. 
  5. ^ "Pigeon Forge Local On American Idol Show". 7 February 2011. Archived from the original on July 12, 2012. Retrieved 19 March 2013. 
  6. ^ "'American Idol': Top 10 Revealed Amid Brutal Eliminations". Retrieved 7 March 2013. 
  7. ^ Rutherford, Kevin (May 16, 2013). "Candice Glover Wins 'American Idol' Season 12". Billboard. Retrieved June 8, 2016. Janelle Arthur was the fifth finalist to get a collaboration spot, dueting with The Band Perry on the group's 'Done.' 
  8. ^ "iTunes - Music - What You Asked For". apple.com. Apple Inc. Retrieved August 8, 2014. 
  9. ^ "iTunes - Music - Janelle". apple.com. Apple Inc. Retrieved November 6, 2015. 
  10. ^ "Light Myself On Fire". 
  11. ^ "IMDB - Movies - Take Two for Faith". imdb.com. IMDb.com, Inc. Retrieved September 1, 2016. 

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