Janell Johnson graduated from Brigham Young University in 1998 with a bachelor's degree in vocal performance and pedagogy and in 2000 with a master's degree in public administration. She was asked by the School of Music to be a student presenter at the August 1998 Convocation where she sang a solo. Janell currently sings with the Utah Baroque Ensemble and teaches voice lessons in Provo, Utah.
Johnson has overcome many obstacles in her life. After a tragic and debilitating accident in her youth, Johnson has gone on to do many things, much to the disbelief of her doctors, who once told her she would never be able to move her legs and arms again.