Tejh Johnson

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Terry "Tējh" Johnson, a soulful singer and composer who initially got his start singing in the church, grew into a voice that later began singing background for several mainstream artists. After praying, searching, and waiting...Tried In Fire was born! Tried In Fire Band has fashioned an original sound that glides through the perimeters of soul, jazz, funk, blues and sentiments of gospel.

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What is music to you? What does it give you?

Music is my refuge. Music to me is God whispering the lyrics in my ear and playing my instrument as if each note had a soul...and performing like I was born to do so.

What is your music dream?

I would love to one day write music for other artists and eventually open my own music venue for artists all over the world to come and perform - and cause the hearts of the audience to smile.

If you could change the world - what would you start with?

I would start with myself and learn to believe in myself from an early age. I would trust that God created me with the gift of music to make the world smile.

Which is the most memorable song from your childhood?

Blackberry Molasses by Mista

Who are your favorite musical artists or bands?

PJ Morton, Anthony Hamilton, John Legend, Karen Clark-Sheard, Stevie Wonder, Donny Hathaway, Jill Scott, Mint Condition, Frankie Beverly and Maze, Daryl Coley and so many more!

What inspires you to make music?

What inspires me about music is being able to change the moods of those who listen to my songs...allowing God to use me to list others.

What is the message you want to send with your music?

No matter how bad things seem...it will always get better.

How do you feel when you perform in front of an audience?

Nervous, excited and fearless...in that order lol

How do you see the musicians’ reality nowadays? What could be improved?

I would love to see musicians actually networking and building each other up...it's not a competition. We all have a gift and there's room for us all to use our gifts.

What do you think of Drooble?

I'm still trying to learn Drooble. I think it's a great concept and so far I like it.

What frustrates you most as a musician?

What frustrates me most as a musician is when some don't take my craft seriously. Being a musician is diligent work - and at times hard work. Don't treat my passion and career like your hobby.

Do you support your local scene as a fan? How?

Yes, I love to support my local musician friends! I try to go to at least 2 shows a week that showcase new artists. I also try to support new artists by liking and following their social media profiles.

What qualities should a musician nowadays have in order to get their music heard by a larger audience?

Integrity, Persistence, Good Work Ethic, Flexibility, Positive Attitude and Determination

Share some awesome artists that we’ve never heard of.

Jade Nova, Ayana George and Dante Bowe