Panzie Johnson, to her credit, has had the luxury of meeting quite a few heavy hitters during her tenure as a recording artist.
From Fred Hammand, to Kirk Franklin, Trin-i-tee 5:7, Rick James, Kerry Gordy, Nancy Wilson, Randy Jackson, to Jeffrey Osbourne.
Oh, and Stevie Wonder.
What was her relationship like with Mr. Wonder, a 25-time Grammy Award-winner and arguably one of the greatest and most renowned entertainers of all time?
“My relationship with Mr. Wonder is great,” Johnson told News Reporter Andre Johnson during a recent interview. “He and I are still friends today. I’ve met so many precious friends in 14 years.”
In assessing the overall landscape of her singing career, it is because of Johnson’s close-knit relationships with Mr. Wonder, coupled with her early training by her mother whereby she routinely sang “from her heart,” all of which ultimately gave way to her being catapulted her into a more favorable musical orbit.
A former Star Search contestant and Bryan, Texas native, Johnson, although she is continuously making strides — a much-anticipated comeback, if you will — in this ever-so-evolving music industry, doesn’t refer to herself as an “entertainer,” she doesn’t shy away from the notion that she is, above anything else, a child of the Most High God.
“Well, I’m no longer an entertainer,” Johnson said with a straight face. “I’m a minister and I love what I do. I wouldn’t trade my job as a minister for no other. I love seeing people restored and blessed.”
PANZIE APPEARS ON STAR SEARCH: https://youtu.be/RHgrxfyf7Xg
And, in the coming days, those from afar and near, those who have witnessed her rise as a singer, coupled with her revamped mind to sell out solely to God, will be afforded the golden opportunity to see just how far her Creator has brought her.
Aside from routinely ministering to the hearts and telling of God’s goodness, Johnson will be releasing her debut single on May 9 entitled, “We Come To Glorify.”
The founder and CEO of her own independent record label, Johmax Music Group, Johnson’s debut album will be released sometime in the near future (or at time that has yet to be determined), although the debut single is currently available online at: http://cdbaby.com/cd/panziejohnson3.
According to Johnson, her album will be available on compact disc, at CDBaby.com, as well as other digital outlets.
“I toured with Stevie Wonder for 14 years, doing what I love…singing,” said Johnson, explaing her extensive singing background. “I’ve worked with many others, but it was Mr. Wonder that truly taught me so much about the industry.”
By and large, it was the spiritual nurturing and guidance of her mother and grandmother that greatly kept this preacher’s kid (or PK) afloat and grounded for fulfilling her divine purpose and destiny.
Look at her today, steadfastly savoring the best of both worlds, all while walking in her calling, walking under the unction of the Holy Spirit.
Yes, what a mighty God she serves.
“My mother and grandmother, they raised me to be a fearless woman of God,” Johnson said. “(They taught me) to be accountable and to walk worthy of the call placed on my life. They were both preachers and singers.”
Given her upbringing, one shouldn’t be all that surprised that Johnson, even after a notable stint in the secular industry, ultimately found her way back to singing for Jesus.
Johnson is the associate minister at The House Of Prayer And Life Worship Center in Bryan under the leadership of my mother.
“I grew up in a Christian environment,” Johnson explained. “My mom was of the Pentecostal faith and we went to church at least four times weekly. So my childhood was centered on church. I had my siblings (Audreece, Cory, Johnathan, and Tonya) and a few friends.”
And, as she waits with great expectancy the release of her debut single and the subsequent launching of her album, there is one more addition to the family who undoubtedly will have the chance to savor this compelling music project.
“I am the proud mother of 10-month-old Matthias Drew Johnson, known as ‘Baby Drew,’” Johnson said.
Yes, what a mighty God she serves.
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