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SAGU students sings televised solo for Harry BelafonteWaxahachie, Texas — March 7, 2013 — Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) junior Robert Johnson performed at the Dallas Meyerson Symphony Center with the Grammy-nominated Dallas Black Academy of Arts and Letters Civil Rights Choir. Johnson sang a solo tribute for Harry Belafonte that was aired on Channel 21 KTXA on Feb. 16 and 17.

Johnson stated, "I recall praying at least three times before I performed my solo. It felt like I had every human emotion running through my body. I was excited, anxious and nervous, but with my personality, I'm always in good spirit. I knew God had blessed me with the chance of a lifetime to sing at the Meyerson. It will be a moment I will never forget."

Johnson is no stranger to limelight. In Oct. 2008, he sang the National Anthem at a Dallas Mavericks basketball game in the American Airlines Center.

Johnson recently made the American Choral Directors Association National Choir as a one of the top 25 tenors in the nation. His debut performance with the choir will be in Dallas, Texas, at the American Choral Directors Convention on March 12-13, 2013. World-renowned composer John Rutter will conduct the performance.

Johnson said, "Being chosen for the national choir was a dream come true. I knew from the time that I was in high school that I would audition for the choir at some point in my life. The hopes were to make it during my collegiate years, and here I am!"

Johnson was born in Oklahoma City, Ok., but grew up in Hurst, Texas. He attended Lawrence Dale Bell High School — one of the top 100 schools in the nation for its musical excellence and scholastic achievements.

Johnson added, "Music has been apart of my family since before I was born. My grandfather was a jazz musician and singer. My mother also sang with numerous gospel artists and choirs. So music came to me naturally. I've been involved in music since I was four years old."

Johnson has been involved with the American Choral Directors Association National Festival Choir, The Harrison Lane Elementary Bulldog Choir, HEBISD Honor Choir, Texas Boys Choir, LD BELL H.S. Show Choir, SAGU Chorale and many more.

Having accomplished singing on national television, his next goal is to become a well-known chorale director. After graduation he plans to become a music teacher and use Christian morals to reach high school students.

Robert shared, "I would like to thank my mom for being a continuous source of strength and supporting me at every performance, and I would like to thank the SAGU music faculty for their inspiration and belief in the music students. Especially, my vocal instructor Professor Donathan Chang for his constant drive for musical excellence."

Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) is a private, Christian university located 30 minutes south of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex in Waxahachie, Texas. The University was established in 1927 and now offers more than 60 associate, bachelor’s or master’s degrees on campus or online. More information is available at www.sagu.edu or by calling 1-888-YES-SAGU.
 

 

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