Janelle Oredith Arthur was born on December 12, 1989, in Oliver Springs, Tennessee. She is the daughter of Gentile Dean and Judy Arthur.Arthur is an active member of the Churches of Christ. She grew up in the congregation at Oliver Springs, Tennessee.
When Arthur was eight years old, she portrayed Dolly Parton in a theatrical production of Dolly’s life at Dollywood theme park.In 2001, Arthur was hired as a child performer for the Country Tonite Theater, in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. As an adult performer, Arthur returned to the Country Tonite Theater stage and remained with the cast for another four years, until she moved to Nashville, Tennessee in 2010 to pursue her music career.
Arthur auditioned in Charlotte, North Carolina. She has 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. She was eliminated on April 18, 2013 and came in fifth place.