Inspiring Audiences Around the World with Music, Message and Media
“Deborah’s words touch the mind and her music touches the heart…”
Founder and CEO, DJWorks Music, Worthy Acts
Deborah’s drive to encourage and inspire her audiences has led to her writing and creating numerous projects, including albums, musicals and books. She creates and performs with a deft ability at the piano and a vocal range that seems unending. Deborah’s natural ability flows not only out of her experience as an instructor at every level from elementary to graduate school, but from her passion to connect with her audiences with an effervescent, sparkling and candid personality. Because of this, her audiences walk away inspired, encouraged and motivated with messages they can easily apply and understand.
As an entertainer, she has toured the world and has been up for multiple Grammy Awards with her songs and albums. Deborah claims part of her ability is inherited from her grandmother who came over from Italy to play violin in Carnegie Hall when she was 16, then graduated from the New York Conservatory of Music in 1920, a landmark for a woman at that time. Deborah has also been a music director for a large mega-church, coordinating multiple teams and writing numerous arrangements weekly. When she decided to get further studio experience, she built into her own music studio, which has served her well in writing and creating her multiple projects.
Deborah holds a Master’s Degree in Music Arranging and Composition and is the author of Stuck is Not a Four-Letter Word as well as the Inspirational Walking with the Hymns, a companion guide to one of her albums. She released the book Music for Kids in 2015, as she found a whole new generation was asking the same questions on why music education is so important. She has worked with numerous top agencies in the U.S., as well as Disney Entertainment. When appropriate, Deborah constantly strives to push the envelope of creativity by using media in her presentations, as she understands the growing importance of visual media in a society that is rapidly becoming more connected and electronic. Her most recent albums are The Hero Inside and Wayfarer’s Journey.
Deborah has won multiple awards, but she claims her biggest accomplishment is successfully raising and launching three sons. She understands intrinsically the challenges of young moms, raising three active boys four years apart. After completing graduate school, Deborah married Greg Johnson, a former professional baseball player and one of her favorite quotes is, “The conversation always comes back to baseball!” But Deborah, with a wink and smile, definitely hits it out of the park!
Deborah’s Resumé. (the specifics)
-PERFORMANCE, TEACHING, DIRECTING:
•1991 to Present. Headliner and other concerts, with Double Grande (Wayland Pickard), solo and band. Appearing around the U.S. in venues up to 3,000 seats. Has also worked with many agents and theme parks, including Disney.
•2004-2008, Chaffey College, Rancho Cucamonga, CA. Adjunct Professor. Music Business.
•1996-2002, Cal Poly University, Pomona. Adjunct Faculty. Voice, Music Business.
•1992-1998, Upland Unified School District. Director-Choral & District Honor Choruses.
•1988-1991, Director of Music & Drama, Calvary Church Newport Mesa (now The Crossing) -three services per weekend.
•1981-1982 Grace Graduate School. Professor of Music & Worship.
•1978-1979 Long Beach City College. Adjunct Faculty, piano.
•1977-1979 Long Beach Unified School District. Choral Music & Drama instructor, Secondary schools.
•1964-present, Private Teacher & Coach: (started teaching adults along with children when 13)
•2015 release of internationally distributed book Music for Kids.
•2014 release of original CD Wayfarer’s Journey, up for New Age Grammy Award.
•2013 release of internationally distributed book Stuck is Not a Four-Letter Word, iUniverse publishers.
•2013 release of original CD The Hero Inside, with “Come Out of the Dark” song and album up for a Grammy.
•2012 release of CD My Father’s Favorite Hymns, up for Grammy Award.
•2012 release of books Walking with the Hymns, 122 page devotional book and 96 page piano/vocal music book, both companion books to My Father’s Favorite Hymns album.
•Sept/Oct. 2011 World Premiere of TSARINA the Musical, music, lyrics & book by Deborah Johnson. 6 performances, Cast of 17, 6 performances, Dir. by Joshua Finkel, Chor. by Kevin Remington, Prod. by Deborah Johnson. Studio cast recording updated with cast for demo purposes.
•2011 public release of One Little Kiss musical songs digitally.
•Sept/Oct 2010 World Premiere of STILTZ! The Musical, music & lyrics by Deborah Johnson, Book by Paula Miller. Cast of 7, 12 performances. Dir. by Wayland Pickard & Doug Engala,, Prod. by Deborah Johnson.
•2009 release of CD Office #7 (Stiltz the Musical), Grammy Award Contender, Musical Theatre album.
•2009 release of CDs Classics Rock and Double Grande Experience both Grammy Contenders.
•Other solo album releases: Chocolate, Songs of Love, 2005; Musical Moments, 2002; Merry Christmas Too, 2000; Classical Spice, 1998; Charade, 1996; Destiny 1991
•Many other readings and staged readings/performances of musicals scheduled 2002-2011.
-AWARDS and DEGREES:
•2011 “Inspirational Artist of the Year” city of Upland, Calif.
•2006 Visual, Performance & Community Arts Excellence Award, Chaffey College
•2004 Second Round Winner for One Little Kiss musical in Int. Cardiff Global Search for New Musicals
•2003 Project Grant CSU Pomona ; Lecturer of the Year; 2002 Research, Scholarship & Creative Grant
•2001 Merry Christmas Too album runner up -Holiday Album of the Year. JPL Int.Competition
•1980 MA Arranging & Composition, Cal State University, Long Beach
•1977 BA & Secondary Teaching Credential, Cal State University, Northridge, Honors
•1974 AA Long Beach City College, Honors
-PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS and website: www.DJWorksMusic.com, WorthyActs.com, DoubleGrandePianos.com
National Academy of Recording Arts (NARAS), Local 47 Musicians Union, ASCAP
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