Janet Deneen Coleman Johnson was surrounded with music her whole life growing up in Bearden, Arkansas, with her parents Reverend and Mrs. Willie Robert Coleman, and her siblings Michael, Gary, and Lisa. At the age of 6, she sang her first solo in church. The song had a Christmas message and was titled "I Saw Three Ships." Janet's mother, Bobbie, recognized her daughter's love of music and arranged for her to take music lessons from Mr. E. C. Ricks. Later, Janet studied with Mrs. June Murphy Rogers as she continued developing her musical interests throughout Middle School and Senior High School. Janet sang and played piano in the Macedonia African Methodist Episcopal Church's Youth Choir and the Bearden Community Choir, also known as "The Christ Crusaders." Janet’s active participation in these groups provided many musical opportunities at churches in the community and surrounding areas. During her college years, she served as Alto Soloist in the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Vesper Choir, directed by Professor Shelton J. McGee, and earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education.
Married on June 28, 1986, to Lt. Daniel W. Johnson, the couple moved to Fort Bliss in El Paso, Texas, where Janet completed her Master of Music degree at the University of Texas at El Paso. Throughout their military travels (Germany, West Point, Korea, Louisiana, and Georgia), she performed at every opportunity provided in the military chapel setting, and local church programs and organizations. She has continued to write songs and perfect her craft, while raising a family of three bright and musical children (Kristen, Judith, and Daniel II), and working consistently as a music educator. Janet has been a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., for 25 years. Janet was voted the “Teacher of the Year” (TOTY) 2008-2009, by her colleagues at Pointe South Elementary School in Riverdale, GA, a very nice and humbling honor.
Janet is a prolific song writer and has over 30 songs to her credit ranging from traditional, to songs for special occasions, to contemporary gospel. Each song on this CD, "Songs of Praise, Volume I," expresses a variety of tempos and uplifting lyrics. Janet sums up her message by singing, "Lord, I Hear You," as she thanks God for His love, because he has made her “New”. As she strives to show her appreciation, Janet tells others that Jesus can do the same for them. "Drive my Life" is Janet's prayer to God for His continued guidance in her life. With a thankful heart, Janet sings "Thank you for the Dream" in memory of the great Civil Rights Leader, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Janet encourages listeners to get on the “Right Track," and stay with the Lord, because when one experiences God’s great and tender love, it will make all the difference. Janet hopes that her music will bless each listener in a special way, and encourage a deeper relationship and a closer walk with God.
On Saturday, September 5, at 5:00 p.m., the Janet Johnson Family and Friends “Songs of Praise Vol. I” CD Release Concert was held at Macedonia A. M. E. Church, on Stagecoach Road in Rex, GA, Reverend Bruce L. Francis, Pastor, Reverend Earl H. Ifill, Presiding Elder. It featured the Reverend Roberta Heater as Mistress of Ceremonies, Reverend Eschol Harrell, Reverend Mary Favors, Reverend Dr. Cecil Wayne Cones, the Dunwoody Brothers, Ms. Barbara Rodriguez, Sister Carla Brayboy, Brother Gabel Watkins, and guest singers on the project Mrs. Yolanda Loving, and Ms. Penny Webster, and the entire Johnson Family singers Reverend Daniel Johnson, and daughters Kristen and Judith, and of course, Daniel Johnson, II, playing on the drums. It was indeed a wonderful event and Janet is very thankful for the support of all who came and shared in the CD Release Concert in Georgia.
Following the event at Macedonia in Rex, Georgia, the Johnson Family and Friends boarded vans and headed for the highway, for a “tour” of sorts. On Sunday, September 6, at 7:30 p.m., the Janet Johnson Family and Friends “Songs of Praise Vol. I” CD Release Concert was held in conjunction with the John T. Curb, II Scholarship Foundation Committee and Scholarship Recipients, at New Haven Baptist Church, in Camden, AR, Reverend Vincent A. Waller, Pastor. It featured Mrs. Clada Williams as Mistress of Ceremonies, Mr. John T. Curb, Sr., Reverend Angela Rogers, Mr. Bo Watson of Midnight Star (lead singer and keyboard player, and a first cousin), singer and musician Reverend John D. Griffin, Jr. of St. Mary C. M. E. Church in Bastrop, LA, and Ms. Cledis Braswell, along with the crew of singers and dancers from Georgia. Presenting the CD Release Concert “at home” in Arkansas was truly a blessing for Janet Johnson Family and Friends, and that great Arkansas hospitality was shown and truly felt in a great way by all of us.
Songs of Praise, Volume I was produced in collaboration with Mr. Warren Lankford of Lankford Music, Summer, 2009 All Rights Reserved.
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