By Tahnayee Clendinen, A&E Writer
A Pacific Lutheran University alumna, Stephanie Anne Johnson, has made it onto “The Voice” this season, and ladies and gentlemen — she is a powerhouse.
According Johnson’s Facebook fan page, https://www.facebook.com/musicsaj, Johnson was born and raised in Tacoma. After graduating from Stadium High School, Johnson moved on to PLU.
Singing since she was 14, Johnson started as an open microphone night performer. Eventually, she was offered a job singing on cruise ships. Wanting to branch out into something more significant, Johnson decided to try out for “The Voice,” following the footsteps of previous contestant Vicci Martinez, who is also a Tacoma native.
On her Facebook page, Johnson described her style of music as “organic.” She said her connection to her music comes from a long line of devotion to the art from her family. Her ability to play guitar in addition to her sultry, folk-bluesy voice make for an unstoppable musical genius.
She takes her art seriously and has produced three studio albums titled “Hollatchagurl,” “For the Record” and “Orange.” All are available for sale on her website at http://sajmusic.com.
“Music can save lives, transport the mind and give the body uncommon grace,” Johnson wrote on her website.
It is clear she believes this from her performance on “The Voice.” The song that catapulted her on to team Christina Aguilera is “Black Horse and a Cherry Tree” by KT Tunstall. Her rendition of the song was soulful and original. It felt as though the song had been crafted specifically for the curves of her voice.
On “The Voice,” Johnson’s performance turned the chairs of judges CeeLo Green and Christina Aguilera. Johnson chose Aguilera and soon after the show, Aguilera tweeted “Stephanie Anne Johnson is the real deal! So excited to have her.”
It is not clear what the future holds for Johnson, but continue to watch her advancement on “The Voice,” which airs Mondays at 8 p.m. and Tuesdays at 9 p.m. on NBC. ◼︎