Carol Johnson has been an active performer most of her life, playing
guitar and singing since childhood with four sisters throughout
her native Wisconsin, and earning degree in music from the University
of Wisconsin at Eau Claire. She participated in the college scene
coffee house and hootenanny days, and was
a peace troubadour in the 60s in New York City.
She then began a career of solo club work in Nashville, Tennessee,
where she moved primarily as a songwriter. Her current passion and
focus on uplifting childrens and family music began and blossomed
as she raised her own two children.
In addition to nationwide appearances at thousands of schools,
libraries, festivals, camps, churches and conferences, she has sung
at the Grand Ole Opry, at Wolf Trap International Childrens
Festivals, has been featured with the Grand Rapids Symphony, the
Meijer Gardens Summer Family Series, and with the St. Cecelia Music
Society Youth Choirs. Shortly after the Berlin Wall fell, she was
privileged to take her songs and song-leading talents to Russia;
more recently she led songs of peace at Corrymeela, a center for
peace and reconciliation in Northern Ireland. Through a series of
songwriting sessions with children in high risk neighborhoods
in her hometown, she and the children created songs of peace, which
became her latest CD, Circle of Peace.
Hundreds of thousands of children have enjoyed her popular Music
With A Message assembly programs in elementary schools; she
is a frequent soloist at Unity and other churches, on occasion leading
the entire service.
She has produced seven recordings (four especially for kids) and
three songbooks of original works. One of her childrens recordings
received a Parents Choice Award. Other artists, as well as publishers
of songbooks, textbooks and curriculums, seek to include her material.
One of her best known songs Love Grows One By One has
been recorded by at least a dozen other performers. And she is well
represented in the popular folk songs collection Rise Up Singing.
Two grown children and their spouses, a granddaughter, a life partner,
and two cats fill her life, along with other loves, such as biking,
painting, walking dunes and beaches, and hiking. Her greatest passion
remains that of using her musical talent to bring joy and healing
to the planet.
Concerts and song leading have taken her as far as Russia,
and most recently to Northern Ireland.
She has seven recordings and three songbooks of original
music, and she thanks you for visiting her Web site!