College professor turned gospel artist/songwriter (SESAC), Dr. Sheila L. Johnson, has recently released her new single “Freedom,” which debuted #9 on the Billboard Hot Singles Sales Chart. Her previous singles, “First Day of the Week” and “Jesus The Problem Solver,” both received national airplay and were featured on her release “Move With God.” (available at www.cd.baby.com/drsheilaj2; Amazon.com; iTunes.com)“Freedom” is her 8th recording. The Hampton Ministers Conference Choir and Organist Guild selected Dr. Johnson’s arrangement of “Little David Play on Your Harp” to include in its music packet in 2016. In addition, her song, “Jesus The Problem Solver” was selected from over  600 song submissions to be included in the Gospel Music Workshop of America (GMWA) 2013 Mass Choir Songbook,  featured on the 2013 GMWA (Gospel Music Workshop of America) Mass Choir Recording and presented at the 2013 National Baptist Convention USA Inc. Annual Session. Her gift of songwriting, arranging and singing is apparent to all in this recording. The choir vocals are impeccable and the band does not hold anything back in their playing. No wonder many walk away after hearing “First Day of the Week” feeling that no matter how bad thing may be, (stones in our life figuratively speaking), Jesus can and will roll the stones away. Dr. Sheila’s compositions and arrangements in “Move With God,” include diverse gospel genres such as Urban gospel, gospel rap, praise and worship, Pentecostal praise, Latin, Negro Spiritual Jazz/gospel fusion and down home gospel to name a few. No wonder it is said, “Dr. Johnson’s music meets your diverse musical taste.” Dr. Johnson is not a new comer to gospel music. Dr. Johnson is not a stranger to gospel music. This native of Dayton, Ohio has toured and captivated audiences throughout the United States, West Indies, Germany, Mexico and Italy. She holds two earned doctorate degrees, is a former member of the national faculty of the Gospel Music Workshop of America (GMWA), appeared on Bobby Jones Gospel (BET) a number of times, director of the 2012 Allegheny Union Baptist Association Pre-Musical Choir, former board member of the Gospel Music Educators’ Seminar (GMES), director of the Citywide Youth Choir of the Baptist Ministers’ Conference of Pittsburgh and Vicinity, Citywide Youth and Young Adult Ensemble and also served as one of the directors for the National Baptist Congress of Christian Education Pre-Musical Choir. She also served as a conductor for the Lott Carey Foreign Mission and NAACP National Convention Pre-Musicals. She is a member of Delta Omicron International Music Fraternity and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority.  She currently serves as minister of music at First Baptist Penn Hills located in Pittsburgh where her husband is the senior pastor. She and her husband were the first clergy couple in the Allegheny Union Baptist Association Pittsburgh area where the pastor’s wife was an ordained Baptist minister. The Hunts’ have two musical sons Dr. Julian E. (Rev. Teresa) Hunt of Pittsburgh and Minister Justin E. (Deaconess Tracy) Hunt of Baltimore, MD.

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