Biography

 




Nancey Jackson Johnson's passion for God and ministering to people infuses her new CD, The Heart of Nancey Jackson Johnson, slated for release summer 2014. The title of the CD is linked to her passion for God and all that He has brought her through.  "This is a heart thing; it's a glimpse of my heart for God."

 

The new CD features an all-star team of producers, including GRAMMY Award-winning Kevin Bond, Asaph Ward, Clay Bogan, and PAJAM. The new single, A Little Longer, tugs at her heartstrings and propels her to get closer to God.  "Whenever I get overwhelmed with life, it reminds me that God just wants my time.  He wants me to stop and spend time with Him to get replenished," she says. God says sometimes you need to just chill, that there's wisdom and joy in His Presence.  Every time I play it or sing A Little Longer, it's about the encounter with God." Nancey also adds, "I really enjoy the presence of the Lord, and this CD strengthens my walk with God and really demonstrates my insatiableness for His Presence."

 

 Another single from the new CD, I'm Free, was previously released to radio.

 "I'm Free expresses who I am," explains Nancey.  "The Bible says those who Jesus Christ frees are free indeed.

 

"I've been set free from fear, from low self-esteem, from rejection, from people and their opinions of me.  So I'm not ashamed to give God everything.  I'm not ashamed to break it down like David did.  I'm radical because I'm redeemed.

 

The nationally known artist with a signature voice and a four- octave range was

born the youngest of six children in Newark, New Jersey, to a pastor/father and a loving Godly mother.  Nancey began singing in her family's church choir at age six. "I come from a musical family," she says, "but I also grew up in a wonderful period of the 70s.  Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, the Hawkins familythey were my foundations."

 

Despite the kaleidoscopic influences on her music, Nancey is adamant that biblical references underscore every song she ministers. In addition to a firm foundation and influence of family, she had strong local industry support from key artists and producers like the Rev. Milton Biggham, the Rev. Jeff Banks and the Revival Temple Mass Choir, Alvin Darling and Dorothy Norwood.  These respected individuals in the gospel music community saw her talent early on and shared their platforms by positioning her with lead vocal recordings and special appearances. 

 

This new CD is not Nancey's first foray into the gospel music industry. In 1997 Harmony Records signed her to a recording contract through Sony Music distribution.  Her debut album, Free, Yes I'm Free, followed. 

 

 

 

It yielded the successful title single as well as the radio hits My Soul and Set Time of the Hour.  Her sophomore offering, Relationship, featured an all-star production team, including GRAMMY Award-winner Michael J. Powell; Stellar Award-winners Tonex, PAJAM, and Fred Hammond; and Dawkins & Dawkins.  The album produced the infectious hit Crazy Praise and earned the artist of impeccable and passionate vocal prowess a Stellar Award nomination. 

 

 As enthused as Nancey is about her ministry and music, she is also just as fervent about her family.  She and her husband Samuel have been married for nearly 13 years and are blessed with two sons. 

 

The 2000s became a time of tremendous personal growth for Nancey, as she took an extended break from the never-ending bustle of recording albums and touring.  "I was growing as a woman, as a mother, and as a wife," she explains.  "There were many things I discovered about myself during those ten years.  Things I was once fearful of doing, God stretched me, and I am now doing them.

 

Nancey discovered she had untapped gifts for directing choirs and teaching vocal dynamics.  For six years, she and Samuel produced "Praise 732,"' an open mic event for Christian artists.  In 2003, Nancey became an ordained and licensed minister; she currently serves as director of the creative arts ministry at Greater St. John M.E.R. in Elizabeth, New Jersey.  

   

During her break, Nancey kept connected to the gospel music industry.  She recorded Prayer Song for Haitian relief with Kim Burrell and Krishnar Lewis.  She joined her high school music teacher, the Rev. Stefanie Minatee and Jubilation Choir, in recordings of Lead Me to the Rock (2006) and He's Everything to Me (2011).  Nancey's contribution to Rev. Minatee and Jubilation's Launch Out Project earned her a second Stellar nomination, for Traditional Female Artist.  She went on to contribute the lovely Just for Who You Are to Judith Christie McAllister's Sound the Trumpet in 2011.   

 

Nancey's connection with GRAMMY Award-winning Pastor Donnie McClurkin eventually led her back to a solo career.  In 2006, she had the awesome privilege of doing background vocals for McClurkin in Lagos, Nigeria.  She sang All We Ask on his 2009 Verity release, We All Are One (Live in Detroit).  McClurkin then invited Nancey to record her third album on his new label, Camdon Music.  "He said, I want to present a platform for you.  Because God has blessed me so much, I feel it is my time to help someone else. I thought that was huge for him to extend that offer to me.

 

Today the heart of Nancey Jackson Johnson is filled with gratitude. "I am a living, breathing, walking miracle," she says today.  "I know God is alive and I know that God is real."

Diagnosed with heart failure during her first pregnancy, Nancey has witnessed God heal her heart physically and spiritually. Her passion for serving God and doing all He has called her to do is unwavering. 

She is a 21st century minstrel whose brave-hearted mission in life now centers around ministry first...then music.  "It's awesome to embark upon this season again," she says, "it's a privilege to be able to spread the gospel message to the world.