Debbie Johnson

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Canadian singing star Debbie Johnson drew plenty of attention in the music world during the late '80s and into the '90s. During that time she recorded several hit songs and earned a number of Juno nominations,…
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Canadian singing star Debbie Johnson drew plenty of attention in the music world during the late '80s and into the '90s. During that time she recorded several hit songs and earned a number of Juno nominations, including one for Most Promising Female Vocalist. When the new millennium arrived, Johnson began to devote more time to positions that found her working behind the scenes where she wore such hats as engineer and production assistant for artists like Barbra Streisand, New Edition, Michael Jackson, Fourplay, and many others.

Debbie Johnson, a singer, keyboardist, and songwriter, was born into a musically gifted family. Together with her parents and brothers and sister, they performed as the Johnson Family. Appearing on stage at festivals and such, even before she hit her teens, gave Johnson a chance to polish her natural talents and become comfortable on stage no matter the size of the audience.

When she was a little older, Johnson moved to another family group, this one a R&B act called Sweet Ecstasy. It was made up of her brothers Eddie and Rick, and her sister, Joanne.

By the late '80s, Johnson was working solo. Her debut single, "Mama Said Why," was released in 1987. It eared her a Juno nomination and her first hit. Over the next five years, she recorded a few other singles and three albums, Just Like Magic, So Excited, and The Dance Mix. The last two were both done under the Capitol Records label. Two of her biggest hits were both recorded in 1992, "Power to the People" and "I'll Respect You."