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DeAnna Johnson
Birth name DeAnna Hope Johnson
Born (1995-12-06) December 6, 1995 (age 21)
Hazlehurst, Georgia
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Student
  • singer
  • model
  • fashion
Instruments Vocals
Years active 2013 – present
Associated acts Adam Levine
Website deannajohnsonofficial.com
DeAnna Johnson
Beauty pageant titleholder
Born DeAnna Hope Johnson
(1995-12-06) December 6, 1995 (age 21)
Hazlehurst, Georgia, US
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Hair color Black
Eye color Brown
Title(s) Miss Georgia USA 2017

DeAnna Hope Johnson (born December 6, 1995) is an American singer, model and beauty pageant titleholder.[1] Johnson is Miss Georgia USA and represented the state at Miss USA 2017.[2]

Prior to that, Johnson was also a contestant on Season 5 and Season 8 of The Voice, eventually finishing in the Top 10 as part of Adam Levine's team.[3]

Early life

During high school, Johnson sang in church and at rodeos[4]. She also played basketball, volleyball, and softball[5] and was homecoming queen [6]. Her team at ACA won two Georgia girl's state basketball championships[7][8] and a national tournament[9] in 2013 while making the all-tournament team. Johnson's volleyball team also won a state championship[10], a Division 2 state championship [11], and she was voted MVP of her team in her senior year. And her softball team also won a state title[12] and the NACA national championship in 2012.[13]

Career

2013: The Voice

While still in high school, Johnson auditioned on Season 5 of The Voice covering the Grace Potter song Stars. The audition was in the late rounds and only two coaches were available to vote: Blake Shelton and CeeLo Green. Neither turned their chair.

2015: The Voice

Johnson reauditioned for Season 8 of The Voice. This time all four coaches (Adam Levine, Christina Aguilera, Blake Shelton, Pharrell Williams) turned their chair and she eventually selected Adam Levine as her coach. Before finally being eliminated, Johnson showed her vocal flexibility by singing covers of songs in indie folk, pop, Americana, inspirational, soul, rock, and country styles.

Stage Song Original artist Result
Blind audition "All I Want" Kodaline Four chairs turned
Joined Team Adam
Battle Rounds (Top 48) "Love Me Like You Do" (duet w/ Nicolette Mare) Ellie Goulding Advanced
Knockout Rounds (Top 32) "Listen to Your Heart" Roxette Advanced
Live Playoffs (Top 20) "Down to the River and Pray" Allison Krauss Advanced
Live Playoffs (Top 12) "Oceans (Where Feet May Fail)" Hillsong United Sing-off
Instant Save Sing-off "It Will Rain" Bruno Mars Advanced
Live Playoffs (Top 10) "Somebody to Love" Jefferson Airplane Sing-off
Instant Save Sing-off "Help Me Make It Through the Night" Kris Kristofferson Eliminated
Non-competition performances
Stage Song Original Artist
Live Playoffs Results "Diamonds" (with Team Adam )t Rihanna
Live Playoffs Results "The Joker" (with Adam Levine and Joshua Davis) Steve Miller Band
Live Finale "She Talks to Angels" (with Joshua, Brian, Corey, and Kim ) Black Crowes
Live Finale "Rocket Man" (with Top 10 Finalists ) Elton John

Johnson had two songs appear on the Billboard Hot Christian Songs chart. Down to the River and Pray reached #5 and Oceans reached #14 [14].

Johnson spent the middle of the year following The Voice performing in festivals around Georgia with a four-piece country-rock band[15] playing covers of songs by Cher, Taylor Swift, The Eagles, Wiz Kalifa, Travis Tritt, Dolly Parton, Nate Reuss, Sam Smith, and others.[16]

2016: Miss Georgia USA pageant

In November 2016, Johnson competed in the Miss Georgia USA pageant held in Atlanta, GA. Prior to that, she had been crowned Miss Vidalia Onion Queen[17] and Relay for Life Miss Appling County in 2016.

Her platform cause is anti-trafficking of children[18] and she has cited Ashton Kutcher's work as a role model in the fight against child abuse and exploitation.[19]

2017: Miss USA pageant

In May 2017, Johnson competed in the preliminary and finals of the Miss USA pageant held in Las Vegas, Nevada[20][21]

This year the Georgia State House of Representatives and the Georgia Senate added resolutions to recognize DeAnna Johnson's achievements[22][23]

Artistry

Influences

Musically, DeAnna has mentioned artists such as Florence and The Machine, the Civil Wars, Loretta Lynn, and Dolly Parton as influences. Her contralto voice, a "blend of strength, fragility"[24] with vibrato, country yodel, and English folk inflections has been compared to Cher ("trademark full-throated Cher-like tone"[25]), Crystal Gayle, Florence Welch, Patsy Cline, Sandy Denny, and Amy Lee.[26][27]

During the Miss USA competition, it was announced that she plans to continue her studies in fashion design.[28] During a snapchat, Johnson has said that she had designed the evening gown that she was planning to wear.[29]

References

  1. ^ "Jeff Davis Living 2015". Retrieved May 27, 2017. 
  2. ^ NEWS, Pageants. "Deanna Johnson is Miss Georgia USA 2017". Retrieved May 27, 2017. 
  3. ^ "Deanna Johnson eliminated on 'The Voice': 'It was just my time to go'". Retrieved May 27, 2017. 
  4. ^ Amy Reiter (February 25, 2015). "Adam Levine's mojo returns in the blinds, Night 2". LA Times. Retrieved May 30, 2017. 
  5. ^ "Deanna Johnson's High School Awards". MaxPreps.com. Retrieved May 27, 2017. 
  6. ^ "A big night for Eagles, Johnson crowned queen - The Baxley News-Banner". baxleynewsbanner.com. Retrieved May 31, 2017. 
  7. ^ "Lady Eagles Basketball Team State Champions - The Baxley News-Banner". baxleynewsbanner.com. Retrieved May 27, 2017. 
  8. ^ "Appling Christian Lady Eagles capture State Title - The Baxley News-Banner". baxleynewsbanner.com. Retrieved May 27, 2017. 
  9. ^ "Lady Eagles win National Tournament - The Baxley News-Banner". baxleynewsbanner.com. Retrieved May 27, 2017. 
  10. ^ "ACA Vollyball Team captures first GCAA State Championship - The Baxley News-Banner". baxleynewsbanner.com. Retrieved May 27, 2017. 
  11. ^ "Lady Eagles Volleyball Team Captures Division Two State Crown - The Baxley News Banner". baxleynewsbanner.com. Retrieved June 1, 2017. 
  12. ^ "Lady Eagles capture State Crown - The Baxley News-Banner". baxleynewsbanner.com. Retrieved May 30, 2017. 
  13. ^ "Lady Eagles win NACA Championship - The Baxley News-Banner". baxleynewsbanner.com. Retrieved May 27, 2017. 
  14. ^ "Deanna Johnson". Billboard. Retrieved June 2, 2017. 
  15. ^ "Telfair County Banquet". Retrieved May 27, 2017. 
  16. ^ "Deanna Johnson Music". deannajohnsonofficial.com. Retrieved May 27, 2017. 
  17. ^ Fowler, Zack. "2016 Junior Miss and Miss Vidalia Onion Crowned". southeastgeorgiatoday.com. Retrieved May 27, 2017. 
  18. ^ "Deanna Johnson to Entertain at the 2016 Chamber Banquet" (PDF). Retrieved May 27, 2017. 
  19. ^ "DeAnna Johnson Wiki: 6 Facts to Know about Miss Georgia, the Miss USA Contestant". May 13, 2017. Retrieved May 27, 2017. 
  20. ^ Miss USA (May 7, 2017). "Meet Miss Georgia USA 2017 DeAnna Johnson". Retrieved May 27, 2017 – via YouTube. 
  21. ^ Lauren Weigel (May 14, 2017). "Miss USA 2017 Winner : Top 10 Predictions". Heavy.com. Retrieved June 3, 2017. 
  22. ^ Georgia House of Representatives (January 24, 2017). "Day 5: Invitation Resolution". Retrieved May 27, 2017 – via YouTube. 
  23. ^ "Senate Resolution 17" (PDF). Retrieved May 27, 2017. 
  24. ^ Amy Reiter (April 15, 2015). "'The Voice' recap: 12 become 10 in tough elimination show". LA Times. Retrieved May 30, 2017. 
  25. ^ Amy Reiter (April 14, 2015). "'The Voice' recap: The top 12 turn up the heat". LA Times. Retrieved May 30, 2017. 
  26. ^ "Season 8 of 'The Voice' packs a number of power players". smudailycampus.com. Retrieved May 27, 2017. 
  27. ^ Amy Reiter (March 25, 2015). "The Voice' recap: Tough calls as knockouts roll on". LA Times. Retrieved May 30, 2017. 
  28. ^ Mount Light (May 12, 2017). "DeAnna Johnson, Miss Georgia USA - Miss USA prelims". Retrieved May 27, 2017 – via YouTube. 
  29. ^ Mount Light (March 24, 2017). "DeAnna's @MissUSA SnapChat takeover". Retrieved May 27, 2017 – via YouTube.