About Deborah2019-08-16T17:47:02-08:00

Deborah Johnson

 My experience as a successful entrepreneur in the volatile field of Performing Arts makes me uniquely qualified to speak on the subject of positive mental code in life and leadership. Creating personal and professional momentum, working with a wide variety of team members including agents, managers, meeting planners and scores ofartists and actors has equipped me in running numerous varied projects and programs. I have discovered how to walk the delicate tightrope of negotiation in running showcase rooms across the country, with artists, agents, managers and hotels.

Deborah Johnson
Cows-Dairy Farm

Born on a Dairy Farm, I understand the value of HARD WORK. My father was raised milking cows. I heard the story often of how he had to get up multiple times a night to milk cows. There was no automation and somehow they all survived and thrived! The smell of fresh milk from a cow still brings back vivid memories!

My grandmother on my mom's side was a violinist and also played mandolin. She was an immigrant from Italy, playing in Carnegie Hall when she was 16 years old. She graduated from the New York Conservatory of Music, which was  quite a landmark for a woman in her era. She then entered an arranged marriage, had a dozen children and really never played again. To carry on her legacy, one of my sisters became a wonderful violinist and I was her accompanist for years. I have also used her on some of my recordings.

Deborah Johnson Grandma A-Conservatory
Deborah Johnson Grandma A

During one of my original musical world premieres, the theatre was red-tagged and I definitely felt stuck! However, through that experience, staying strong and making quick, assertive decisions for a large group of actors was imperative in discovering viable solutions. (fortunately the fire department came and opened up the theatre at the last moment and the show went on!)

In order to create business and stay in business, the mindset of a sole proprietor sitting at a table for one has been fundamental to my developing and ongoing business. It has taken courage, emotional strength and a clear mindset to make decisions, communicate and lead wide-ranging personality types that tend to be involved in the arts. With my graduate degree and experience teaching at the graduate university level, my depth of research as well as life knowledge brings relevance and direct application to women at halftime and the H.R. community. I love people, love my audiences and deeply care for students. I have been an instructor as well as an entertainer since the age of 13 and probably won’t quit any time soon!

DEBORAH JOHNSON, M.A., international award-winning music artist, author and speaker, helps others get unstuck with mindsets to reinvent their life and reach expansive goals. Up for multiple GRAMMY Awards and spending over 20 years in the entertainment industry, she's an expert on how to constantly reinvent yourself in a gig-economyShe is also the recipient of the 2018 Women's Economic Forum Exceptional Women of ExcellenceAward. Deborah is the author of Stuck is Not a Four Letter Word and Bad Code and Women at Halftime. She speaks and performs in both live and virtual events.

  • Created Multiple Online Instruction Programs, including a 42 video course on Getting Unstuck with downloadable study guide for each lesson. Over 500 enrolled.
  • Close to 75,000 views on YouTube Channel and has created hundreds of videos-edits with Final Cut Pro.
  • Created and maintains five current websites, regularly putting out blogs and new content. Has put out a weekly eArticle for over ten years with 25% open rate.
  • Has performed as a headline entertainer with DoubleGrandePianos.com and produced her own solo show, touring around the country. Also put out over 2 dozen albums.
  • Produced showcase rooms with up to ten artists per room for four years in regional Arts Conferences around the U.S. (Rented space, grand pianos, booked artists, M.C.'d and promoted)
  • Wrote and transcribed over 50 pieces of sheet music up for immediate download on SheetMusicPlus.com.  Uses Finale Software
  • Transcribed and Formatted Scores for two full length musicals for Samuel French Publishers.
  • Visual Performance & Community Arts top Excellence Award - Chaffey College, Rancho Cuc. CA
  • Lecturer of the Year Award;  Research, Scholarship & Creative Grant - Calif. State University, Pomona.
  • Top Student Educator Award, Calif. State University, Northridge.

SPEAKING REVIEWS

Deborah Johnson is a pro. Her ideas are fresh; her openness is genuine.  Peter Lesnik, Arts Presenter, Producer, Executive Director and Consultant

The depth of layers that Ms. Johnson was able to bring to each session was magnified by her high level of musical ability…an asset to any organization. Julie Varley, Retreat Coordinator, Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church

Gave me a new perspective of how to move forward. Thank you! Judy Bolton, TOPS International Days Conference

Great! Very helpful ideas about core strengths and creating new habits! Barbara Midney, TOPS International Days Conference

BOOK REVIEWS (More reviews on Amazon)

STUCK: An engaging seven-step plan for tackling seemingly insurmountable problems. KIRKUS National Review

Your book was and will be a MAJOR PART of my recovery! (cancer) Amazingly motivating and very inspiring – I have check-marks on every page! Elizabeth Wood, Amazon Review

BAD CODE: At the intersection of art and science, Deborah Johnson illuminates how our mind can get stuck like a faulty computer, or how it can run smoothly like a high speed download.  This is owner’s manual for getting sharper with age, not slower. Glenn Miya, M.D. Host of Smart Health Talk radio

MUSIC for KIDS: Highly Recommended. Laura Sullivan, GRAMMY Winning Composer & Recording Artist

MUSIC REVIEWS

Better than Brightman! Not just great...Dynamite! Boynton Beach, Florida

As promised, the audiences main reaction was “WOW” as Deborah Johnson performed in concert…she played and/or sang over fifty recognizable musical pieces during her two hour concert.”  Ron Erickson, Ladysmith, Wisconson

...Most graceful singer/pianist I’ve ever witnessed… Your voice goes anywhere you direct it to go and your playing is accurate, clean and crisp. You also have wonderful dignity and humor.  I knew you were good, but you are so much more!”     Richard Allen Woody, original director for the FANTASTICS

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Books by Deborah Johnson (click to preview)

COMING SOON!

Women at Halftime Book
Bad Code Book
Personal Development-Stuck
Music for Kids Book