Whitney Permann: Mormon Singer
Permann was raised in Idaho Falls, Idaho. Her mother taught her to sing and harmonize as well as write, arrange, and play music. In addition to singing with her mother’s children’s performance group, she participated in a host of school choirs and performed in many musicals. In her adolescence she formed bands with a few friends.
While attending Ricks College, she formed a musical fireside group called From the Heart. She was part of the Ricks College Showtime Company. She also sang in the Concert Choir at Brigham Young University. She met her husband, Rock, in the Showtime Company and they sang together at BYU. They also directed the Jenny Phillip’s Fireside Group for several years.
Permann met Brooke Stone and Soni Muller while singing with the Jenny Phillips Choir. Phillips handpicked them when she wanted to write music for a trio. They formed Mercy River in 2009, and have toured all over the United States and Canada singing about the Savior, Jesus Christ.
Mercy River released its first album in May 2008, entitled “Mercy River.” A second album named “Beautiful Dawn” followed in 2010 with “Higher” premiering in 2012. “Come Alive” was released in 2014.
The Permann’s have five children and live in Utah County, Utah.