Janelle started singing at an early age in church. She performed on the road with The Spurrlows, under the direction of Thurlow Spurr.
Her training as a classical lyric soprano allows her to perform a variety of genres including: jazz, blues, soul, country, gospel, and musical theatre. Janelle has a way of connecting with her audience through song and smile.
She has sung in Orlando theme parks (Disney's Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Animal Kingdom, Sea World, Gaylord Palms) and The Villages with a cappella groups including: The Caroling Company, The Dickens Carolers, and 4 Girls Only. She has also sung with live bands (including TNT and TC and Sass) at festivals, city events, restaurants, and private parties.
As an actor/singer she performs at Sonnentag Theatre at the IceHouse, in Mount Dora. Her roles include Mrs. Everett P. Osgood in Suite Surrender, Mrs. Tottendale in The Drowsy Chaperone, Miss Andrew in Marry Poppins, and Alma Hix in The Music Man. Janelle had the opportunity to play Emily, the principal, in Lark Eden, an epistolary play. She has also played the role of the stepmother in Sondheim's Into the Woods. Woodyard has held leading roles in First Baptist Orlando and other church productions. She has also been a professional greeter at the Orange County Convention Center.
As an audiobook narrator and producer, Janelle is able to bring books to life through narration. She remembers listening to books on tape as a child and reading along with the narrators. She recalls the ever popular phase on the Walt Disney recordings, "You'll know it's time to turn the page when Tinker Bell rings her little bell like this..."
Janelle is a published author with Capstone Press for her book entitled, "A Girl's Guide to Softball." Janelle had no idea that her many years of playing Little League Softball at the ballpark and at her high school would one day lead to writing a book and inspiring other girls to be active in softball. Woodyard says, "The competitive, leadership, and disciplined skills of an athlete apply to everyday life on and off the field. It's a privilege to have the opportunity to be a role model to other young athletes."
Woodyard had the privilege of directing and producing Light Up Mount Dora 2014, which is the City of Mount Dora's city-wide event for turning on the Lights of Mount Dora for Christmas. With over 15,000 in attendance, Janelle said it was by far the biggest event she's ever produced and was thankful for the opportunity to be a part of it.