Studio Snapshot: Jennie Johnson

Mike MeyerDecember 1, 2018
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Singer-songwriter uses her life story as inspiration

Life has been full of ups and downs for singer-songwriter Jennie Johnson. From teen pregnancy to an abusive marriage, the world hasn’t always treated her kindly. “When I started writing the music, it was almost like a form of therapy for me,” Johnson says. “It was medicine to help me heal from my past.” She pursued a career in music in order to speak out against the toxic things she experienced in her life and to send a message of hope to those living through similar traumas. Her album, Note to Self, is available on iTunes. Keep up with all things “Jennie J” at


“It was my first year of actually doing music here and I got the support of my community and AZMT [local music website Arizona Mixtapes] picked me as R&B Artist of the Year,” Johnson says.

“To me [recording] is much more comfortable at home,” Johnson says. “I have a platinum producer on my album, and singing in front of him can be pretty intimidating.”

“Everything that I have ever put out, I wrote them on that guitar,” Johnson says of her Martin acoustic. Fun fact: It is also signed by rapper Paul Wall.

“Anything I think of goes in there,” Johnson says. “Whether it is a memory I had in my head, or a story that I’ve told, I always write it down.”

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