Like a shot of espresso to liven your day, jazz and blues vocalist Tera Johnson is small but mighty. She can carry a crowd on the back of her voice without the need of any additive; her performance offers the perfect amount of cream and sugar. Tera's voice soothes and warms a chilly eve and brings a light breeze across a feverish brow, each lyric and note so distinct and heartfelt.
Having over 10 years of professional performance experience from the intimate coffee shops of Central Illinois to the brightly lit stages of Jazz Festivals in Europe and the United States, Tera Johnson has kept a magical memory of each audience for which she has played. Beginning in a big band at her high school, Tera has received awards throughout the state of Illinois for Best Soloist in such jazz competitions as: Western Illinois University, Eastern Illinois University, Illinois State University, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, and many others. Tera has also traveled around the United States as a guest artist at jazz festivals such as: Festival of the Sea in the Bahamas, the Heritage Festival in New Orleans, Louisiana, and McGill University Jazz Festival in Montreal, Canada. Forming a jazz quartet in high school, Tera was hired to play at countless wedding receptions, business parties, restaurants, and a variety of other special events.
Moving to Boston, Massachusetts to further her education as a performer, Tera Johnson was accepted and minored in Vocal Performance at the world-famous contemporary arts school: Berklee College of Music. Taking advantage of learning from talented jazz vocalists Mili Bermejo, Maggie Scott, and Donna McElroy, Tera was able to find her niche as a jazz and blues vocalist and develop her own sound and style. Offered the opportunity to perform as a guest artist in Vienne, France at the Vienne Jazz Festival 2001 as well as the Montreux Jazz Festival 2001, in Montreux, Switzerland, Tera spent 2 weeks over seas performing almost daily at different venues for both private parties and festival concerts.
Now residing in Los Angeles, California, Tera has performed as both guest vocalist and featured artist at a variety of venues throughout Los Angeles County. Since her arrival in August 2002, Tera has had the opportunity to perform and study with a variety of musicians already established the Southern California area (John Proulx, Sherry Luchette, Jonah Minton, Tamir Hendelman, Orna, Megan Foley, Nina Beck, and Gaea Schell just to name a few!).