Singer-songwriter and Sony Music Nashville artist Angie Johnson visited the MusicRow offices on Wednesday (Aug. 7) to preview songs from her EP Sing For You.
Johnson, who began her military career as an intelligence analyst, is also a Tech Sergeant in the Air National Guard. She was part of the prestigious Tops In Blue group for a year-long duty, and was then recruited by the Air Force Band as a full-time lead vocalist. At one point during her military career, Johnson was tasked with learning and singing the national anthems for more than 11 countries during special ceremonies welcoming foreign dignitaries.
She first caught the world’s attention in 2011 after a video of Johnson’s performance of Adele‘s “Rolling In The Deep” as part of the Air National Guard band Sidewinder was posted on Youtube; the video has garnered more than 3 million views.
Originally from the St. Louis area, Johnson has pursued a musical career long before the video released; she released an independent project in 2007.
During the visit, the powerhouse vocalist performed “Outlaw Spirit,” “Grandpa’s Farm,” the military-inspired ballad and EP title track “Sing For You,” and her high-energy single “Swagger.” Johnson penned “Swagger” while driving to St. Louis from Nashville to take part in a two-week Guard training. “I really wanted to be going out dancing with my girlfriends that evening instead,” says Johnson, “so I wrote ‘Swagger’ as my way of just letting loose and having fun.”
The track was produced by Josh Leo; Johnson finished penning “Swagger” with co-writer Phoenix Mendoza.
Johnson will be a special guest at the Cheez-It 355 NASCAR Sprint Cup Race at The Glen, in Watkins Glen, N.Y. this weekend, where she will start the festivities by singing the National Anthem, serving as the Grand Marshal for the festivities, riding in the pace car and giving the “Driver’s start your engines” command for the famed race.
For more on Johnson, visit officialangiejohnson.com.
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