World-class Volleyball Player and Pop Singer Juliann Johnson Releases Complete

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World-class Volleyball Player and Pop Singer Juliann Johnson Releases Complete

Collection features upbeat songs sending a powerful message that no obstacles can stop your dreams

Juliann Johnson(DALLAS – May 25, 2017) JuliannJohnson, a world-class volleyball player, has released her new EP – Complete, a new collection of upbeat songs that send a powerful message that no matter the obstacles, you can accomplish your dreams.

The new collection is available on all music streaming and download services, including iTunes, Google Play, and Amazon. Featured singles include In Me, Fearless, Crazy, and Light Up the Sky. http://hyperurl.co/complete

The 6-foot, 2-inch-California native, now Texas resident, says she is drawing off her own personal experiences. A year ago a severe knee injury threatened to end her volleyball career. Johnson had a doctor tell her she would never play volleyball again.  Johnson, 27, says she had plenty of time to do some soul-searching, realizing her love of her sport – and of singing.

“This album is rich with all sorts of messages that are very personal,” says Johnson, who is hoping to play volleyball in the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo. “I’m writing songs where I want every word to count. I want people to feel that for every dream you have, there’s a reason, a purpose. I want anyone, especially young people, listening to my music, to feel like they can do anything, be anything and live beyond the boxes we tend to find ourselves stuck in.”

Johnson, a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, has had an amazing journey. Her father is Chuck Faucette, the former NFL pro-turned high school and college football coach, and her mom, Carolyn Erickson, a nationally known fitness guru. Johnson has traveled the world playing volleyball for teams in Italy, France and most recently, China. She devoted much of her childhood to gymnastics, but she grew six inches in eighth grade. That’s when she jumped into volleyball – after initially refusing to go to her first camp. “I really didn’t want to go,” she recalls. “I cried and cried. Then afterward, I realized how much I loved it.”

Johnson became a nationally-recognized college player, then after graduation headed off to play professionally in Italy, France, and China.  While playing in Italy during her second professional season, her love of music kicked into a new gear. As a child, Johnson had played the violin and sang in choirs. It wasn’t until an Italian fan noticed some of Johnson’s singing performances on YouTube. That’s when Johnson’s fans couldn’t resist: They asked her to sing Alicia Key’s “Girl on Fire” at a halftime show. Her teammates and the Italian fans fell in love with her. A local group, Italian Job, and its music producer pulled her into the studio, and that laid the groundwork for this new single, and this new album, Complete.


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Juliann Johnson – World Class Volleyball Player Releases ‘Light Up the Sky’

Juliann Johnson, a world-class volleyball player, shares inspirational lyrics in new single to send a message that anyone can accomplish their dreams

(DALLAS – May 11, 2017) On the volleyball court, JuliannJohnson is known as a fierce competitor, using her height, strength and speed to outplay her opponents.  Johnson is using that same energy in the music studio, releasing her first single, “Light Up the Sky,” now available on all music streaming and download services, including iTunes, Google Play, and Amazon.

The 6-foot, 2-inch-California native, now Texas transplant says she’s hoping this new single sends a message that you can accomplish your dreams. She draws off her own personal experiences, especially over a year ago, when due to a severe knee injury, she had a doctor tell her she would never play volleyball again.  Johnson, 27, says she had plenty of time to do some soul-searching, realizing her love of her sport – and of singing.

“This song is all about a feel-good, positive vibe,” says Johnson, who is hoping to play volleyball in the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo. “I’m writing songs where I want every word to count. I want people to feel that for every dream you have, there’s a reason, a purpose. I want anyone, particularly young people, listening to my music to feel like they can do anything, be anything and live beyond the boxes we tend to find ourselves stuck in.”

Johnson, a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, has had an amazing journey. Her father is Chuck Faucette, the former NFL pro-turned high school and college football coach, and her mom, Carolyn Erickson, a nationally known fitness guru. Johnson has travelled the world playing volleyball for teams in Italy, France and most recently, China. She devoted much of her childhood to gymnastics, but she grew six inches in eighth grade. That’s when she jumped into volleyball – after initially refusing to go to her first camp. “I really didn’t want to go,” she recalls. “I cried and cried. Then afterwards, I realized how much I loved it.”

Johnson became a nationally-recognized college player, then after graduation headed off to play professionally in Italy, France and China.  While playing in Italy during her second professional season, her love of music kicked into a new gear. As a child, Johnson had played the violin, and sang in choirs. It wasn’t until an Italian fan noticed some of Johnson’s singing performances on YouTube. That’s when Johnson’s fans couldn’t resist: They asked her to sing Alicia Key’s “Girl on Fire” at a halftime show. Her teammates and the Italian fans fell in love with her. A local group, Italian Job, and its music producer pulled her into the studio, and that laid the groundwork for this new single, and the forthcoming album, Complete.

Any media interested in interviewing Juliann Johnson, please contact Neil Foote, Foote Communications, neil@neilfoote.com214.448.3765.  For sponsors or other business opportunities, please contact Sandra Smith, sandra@resident-alien.us .


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American Idol Winner Ruben Studdard Releases Sam Cooke’s ‘A Change is Gonna Come’

RUBEN STUDDARD, THE FAMED AMERICAN IDOL WINNING R&B, POP AND GOSPEL SINGER, RELEASES POWERFUL NEW VERSION OF SAM COOKE’S CLASSIC, ‘A CHANGE IS GONNA COME’

Dr. Henry Panion III, the renowned composer, arranger and conductor, produced the piece recorded live at downtown Birmingham’s Lyric Theatre

BIRMINGHAM, March 20, 2017 – Ruben Studdard, the famed American Idol-winning R&B, pop and gospel singer, has released a powerful new version of Sam Cooke’s classic, ‘A Change is Gonna Come’ recorded live at downtown Birmingham’s Lyric Theatre.

Dr. Henry Panion, III produced and conducted the live orchestra recording during the 2016 Fred L. Shuttlesworth Awards Celebration. Panion is best known for his work with a “who’s who” in music, including Stevie Wonder, Kirk Franklin, Chaka Khan, the Winans, Aretha Franklin, Tramaine Hawkins, and American Idol Winners Carrie Underwood and Studdard.

Perfect Timing for Release of  Song

The release of the song comes right on the heels of one of President Barack Obama’s final acts before leaving office: Designating Birmingham Alabama’s (USA) Civil Rights District as a National Monument.

“Sam Cooke’s original became an anthem to the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s,” said Panion, who produces music out of his company, Audiostate 55 Recording Studio and Entertainment Company in Birmingham. “We believe that Ruben’s new version is right on time. Everybody could use a little soul and inspiration.”

Panion said this new version of ‘A Change is Gonna Come’ is reminiscent of the original, but he adds “splashes of Harp, B3 Organ, horns, and strings to create an aural palette that would have made Sam Cooke, himself, very proud.”

The single is available on all platforms, including iTunes and GooglePlay.

Any media interested in interview Studdard or Panion may contact Neil Foote, Foote Communications, 214.448.3765, neil@neilfoote.com.

 

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