Artist Spotlight: Walter Johnson

by Terry Watson | May 10th, 2014

He is still in the process of becoming who he is. He is still finding out there are things about himself that have not changed, but some that are still in motion to change. Walter Johnson is a passionate, caring, adventurous and creative Christian who Ioves God, family, friends and people in general. He is a minister through his music and acting, and he explains what he loves most about singing is how it provides him the ability to express his love to God and man. It has allowed him to encourage himself while encouraging others. It has allowed him to cross cultural barriers and to travel around the country.

Walter Johnson

Walter Johnson

“I have a talent to sing and I have been singing, according to my parents ever since I could talk,” said Johnson. He also has a talent for writing songs and plays. He has performed on national platforms and toured across the country. “I actually can teach and I believe it is a talent that not everyone can do,” he says. “I have taught music, bible principles, life skills, basic computer skills, communication skills, parenting skills, leadership and team building.” Johnson currently teaches individuals how to live healthier as a wellness coach.

Johnson says his mom was the first inspiration for music to him. “She is the example I had in church as a child to sing with passion. I can remember her singing until she would almost pass out. She sang with all her might and the Holy Spirit would take over and she would lose it,” he says. As he recalls his years as a child at St. James Baptist Church, he was brought to tears. His dad and family were always there to encourage and support him. His great-aunt, Geraldine Payne, “Aunt Jelly” would be the one to push him to go sing, perform and record in front of thousands of people at the James Cleveland Gospel Music Workshop of America. In addition, Kiser Middle School teacher, Cory Williams would later push him in front of Edwin Hawkins which led him to record with Word Records. He has also recorded music with gospel great, Daryl Coley while in college. “He was a major influence that further motivated me to study music in college,” Johnson states. He also acknowledges his vocal instructor, Judith Womble Pinnix Howle-Wow for having a huge impact on his life and career as well.

Without family, Johnson says he couldn’t have been able to enjoy the successes he had thus far. His children have now begun to display their talents of which is a result of Johnsons’ dedication, talents and labors. “I have to say turning 40 four years ago I was depressed, facing health issues and ready to give up on everything. My journey through this process has birthed more anointed music out of me than ever before. It has also pushed me to become healthier than I have ever been,” he says. God, family, health and music are the pulse behind his latest project that will chronicle the story for his next solo project. “Instead of just simply releasing music, I am going to release a music production (a one man play with music if you will) that will walk you through my experience to my personal encounter with God,” he says.

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New Project: “Encounter” Release Date: June 20th, 21th 7:00pm
Where: 709 E. Market Street Suite 200 A, Greensboro, N.C. 27401
Facebook: Walter Johnson

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