TEHILLAH JOHNSON-FROM BEATS TO BUSINESS
How can someone so young be so successful and driven? Easy, when you have the mindset of Tehillah Johnson, a 24-year-old Greensboro native with big dreams. Johnson is a business owner and is a part of a rising acapella group. “I feel so accomplished and established at a young age. I would have never thought I would be here five years ago.”
Johnson wasn’t sure if singing would be a big part of her life simply because she only sang during her leisure time. “I’ve been singing since I was four. The only person who knew I could sing was my sister Angel. I begged Angel not to tell anybody because I didn’t want to be put in the spotlight. When I was 14, Angel told everybody and I was a little upset but I got over it soon because I knew I had a special talent that everyone is not blessed with.”
When Johnson’s parents found out she was graced with an amazing voice, they put her in vocal classes and got her a vocal coach. “My vocal coach made me realized how much I loved to sing and it wasn’t something I wanted to do for fun. My coach pushed me and believed in me. She stayed with me throughout my adolescent and college years.” Johnson attended Bluefield College in Bluefield, Virginia where she studied music education.
“While I was in college, I mastered the art of playing the piano, guitar and violin. I also specialized in opera and gospel. The art of music is so powerful and who would have ever thought a small girl like me could have such a powerful voice?” In college, Johnson and a few classmates formed an acapella group called Total Praise. The group has made several guest appearances. “The biggest and most memorable appearance we made was for the opening of Tamela Mann, a gospel singer and actress, in Martinsville, Virginia. This opportunity opened so many doors.”
After college, Johnson continues to perform and record with her acapella group but another opportunity came up. She was trying to find a job in her field until she applied for one particular job. “When I started at Prevail Management I had no idea how many doors would open up for me. When I finished the training program, I opened my own business in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Prevail taught me a lot about myself and I grew a lot personal. I never thought in a million years I would be a business owner. I’m glad I took a leap out on faith. I always say, ‘you never know your full potential until you take risks’ and I’m glad I did.” !