Johnnie Proby is a native of New Orleans, Louisiana, by way of California. Despite what is usually considered a boy’s first name, she is a lady with class, talent, charm and a genuine love for others. Like many performers, Johnnie’s talent first became evident when she started singing in church at age 5. As the next to the youngest of 13 children, Johnnie’s remarkable voice was the means of establishing her individual approach to life and finding a way to show God’s love to everyone she met.
After years of singing in local churches, special community events, and charity fundraisers, Johnnie’s vocal training was cultivated through her music major studies at Nicholas State University in Thibodeaux, Louisiana and Southern University in her native New Orleans. She currently attends Emory Rollins School of Public Health in the Executive Masters of Public Health Program, Prevention Science to expand her research and knowledge of music as a catalyst to help guide others toward self-care. She mastered the “Barefoot Shiatzu,” a holistic, vocal, aerobic technique taught by the renowned international folk singer, Hope Foye. Her mastery of this mind, body, and spirit technique is the foundation upon which Johnnie has strengthened her vocal instrument.
God has given her a gift with music ministry as its foundation. Through this foundation and her life experiences, she developed a genuine love for music, believing it is the voice of her soul. With a compassionate heart, she uses music to uplift others. She desires to teach people of all ages about the impact that music has on our daily lives to keep us connected and in harmony with God’s highest vibrations.
A petite bundle of power, Johnnie has a stunning crystal soprano voice with a contemporary musical style infused with jazz, classical, gospel and R&B. Her musical talent is a joyful expression of God’s love and it penetrates deep into the hearts of every listener. Her gift comes through in the heart-felt inspirational songs she sings as a sweet soulful sound to awaken the spirit. For this reason, she is often called an “uplifter,” as her audiences experience the joy and elation she radiates through the music.
When she sings, each song emits vibrations of healing for all who have the opportunity to hear her anointed tones. She is highlighted at Gospel concerts, churches, retreats, college campuses, supper clubs, radio, and television programming around the country. She is a volunteer musician and public health advocate at Emory Winship Cancer Institute Healing Arts Program, where she provides songs of hope and inspiration to patients, their families, and caregivers to promote health and healing to those in the fight against cancer.
On her first inspirational CD entitled, “Life is Now,” she brilliantly captivates her audience as she glides across a 4-octive vocal range. She exquisitely wraps her beautiful soprano voice around ten awe-inspiring songs that feed the soul and uplift the heart. Not only is she a talented singer, she penned the title track, Life is Now. The CD also includes the songs, Born Free, Miracle, Born to Live, Don’t Quit, The Promise, We, A Change is Gonna Come, Imitate the Sun, and Golden Time of Day. Johnnie believes the success and longevity of this CD has manifested because of the powerful music and heart-felt lyrics found in each God ordained song and its harmonious vibrations encourage each listener to get in tune with one’s self.
Shortly after its release, Johnnie’s rendition of the civil-rights anthem, A Change is Gonna Come, was selected as “the new song of hope” to the Crescent City and reached No. 1 at KKNO-750AM in New Orleans. She received a proclamation from the Mayor of the City of New Orleans, during her CD release concert, for her impact on the community in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina through her various motivational speeches, mentoring programs and role as an inspirational vocalist at numerous charity benefits in the community.
Johnnie is a singer-songwriter with a bleeding heart who believes in equality and justice for all mankind and has lent her voice to perform in concerts as well as theatre performances such as:
- The African Awareness Campaign’s 7th Annual “Compassion for Africa” Benefit Dinner, at the Founders Inn & Spa – Virginia Beach, VA with keynote address by The Honorable Andrew Young.
- The Inaugural Observance of Mrs. Coretta Scott King’s Birthday, at the Georgia State Capitol and the Martin Luther King, Jr., March & Rally
- The Atlanta-Rio de Janeiro Sister Cities Committee 2007 Awards Ceremony and Anniversary Gala in the Atlanta City Hall Atrium, to honor Mayor Shirley Franklin
- Gospel Concert honoring the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and the 2007 Martin Luther King, Jr., March and Rally in Atlanta
- Clark Atlanta University’s presentation of Gian-Carlo Menotti’s Opera, “Old Maid and the Thief.”
- Jazz-A-Thon benefit for Hurricane Katrina survivors held at Carbine’s Jazz Alley in Los Angeles.
Over the years, Johnnie has been a volunteer and voice of inspiration to our youth by mentoring and inspiring young adults through programs such as the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) W.O.M.E.N, “Bridging the Gap” – Girls-To-Women Mentoring Program, Essence Cares/Atlanta Cares, Moving in the Spirit, and Boys and Girls Club of Atlanta. Johnnie is a Certified Second Step Trainer, which teaches a social skills approach to youth violence prevention. She has studied and facilitated The Virtues Project, Inc., “The Gift of Character” building techniques. Additionally, Johnnie facilitated a Personal Development Workshop entitled: “Empowerment Through Inspiration and Spirituality” for forty teenage girls at the Johnnetta B. Cole Global Diversity & Inclusion Institute “Powergirls” Global Summer Leadership Institute – Bennett College, Greensboro, North Carolina. Johnnie designed and facilitated a personal development seminar entitled: “Your Life is Now Workshop Series” for hundreds of high school seniors preparing for college at Mayor Shirley Franklin’s Youth Program in Atlanta, GA.
Today, she continues to build resilience, overcoming odds, using her own life experiences to serve her community as vice president and education coordinator with “Rare Pearls Mentoring and Leadership Program” in Douglasville, GA, where she can be found enriching and empowering the lives of young girls and women between the ages of 12-22, providing life skills and training that affirms their self-worth through education and compassionate community service. She wants to help every young woman and girl recognize and embrace the power of self-love and self-care that resides within each of them, through the gift of song, God’s spoken word, and health education.
Because of her desire to serve, Johnnie’s lifelong mission is to develop a world-wide music ministry that will allow her to be an instrument of peace, ordained by God to continue educating and inspiring others by spreading world peace, love, and joy with her God-given gift of song and spoken word.
She resides in Villa Rica, GA with her husband and executive producer, Lee Proby.
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