Sony recording artist Angie Johnson will be a special guest at the Cheez-It 355 NASCAR Sprint Cup Race at The Glen, in Watkins Glen, NY 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.
Johnson is also celebrating her own victory this week as she just released her very first single to radio, “Swagger” which she co-wrote. The song is a fun up-tempo, forget your troubles and have a good time tune, guaranteed to make you wanna tap your foot!
Johnson, who is still serving in the Air National Guard, was also awarded a Commendation Medal this past week from her Commander with the 571st in St. Louis, MO, where Johnson serves one weekend a month and two weeks a year in the Air National Guard.
Sony Music Nashville recording artist, Angie Johnson, began her military career as an intelligence analyst in the United States Air Force. She later toured as a vocalist with the prestigious Tops In Blue performance group for a yearlong temporary duty. Upon completion of Tops in Blue she was recruited into the Air Force Band as a full-time lead vocalist. She was honorably discharged after fulfilling her active duty commitment and then transitioned into the Missouri Air National Guard’s 571st Air Force Band, as the lead vocalist in their Top 40 element, Sidewinder. Angie was deployed with Sidewinder to an undisclosed location in the Middle East, where the band gave an impromptu performance for a small group of troops. An audience member recorded Angie’s rendition of Adele’s "Rolling In The Deep" and posted the video on YouTube, where it went viral. The now-famous video has received more than 3.3 million views and can be seen here: Angie Johnson YouTube Video. Television host Carson Daly saw the video, tracked Angie down via Twitter and invited her to audition for NBC’s “The Voice,” where she became a contestant on Team Cee Lo. The extensive media exposure, combined with her talent and tenacity, caught the attention of Sony Music where she signed a record deal in the fall of 2012. Her debut EP, Sing For You, was released digitally May 21, 2013.
I’m very glad to see good things happening for Angie Johnson. She was a favorite of mine on The Voice, and continues to be a favorite as she continues her journey into a great country music career. You’ll also want to visit Angie’s facebook page, and follow her on Twitter, too @AngieJohnson. (All photos in this post are from Angie’s facebook page).
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