Michelle Johnson is a contemporary jazz-influenced singer-songwriter based in Las Vegas, Nevada, where she is known as “The First Lady of Jazz.” After years of singing backups for many musical legends, she is currently recording her first solo album and working on a book about the music business. Michelle is an international vocalist whose versatility, affinity for languages, unique voice and impressive range have made her a hot commodity in the music business. She grew up primarily in Cairo, Egypt and then attended and graduated from Yale University. Her original path to Harvard Law School diverged onto a different route when her passion for the entertainment industry eventually won out. She has performed on Broadway and shared a stage with or recorded with several artists including Paul McCartney, Barbara Streisand, Elton John, Slash, Paul Rogers, Rosanne Cash, Neal Schon (of Journey) and PM Dawn.
She has appeared on Jay Leno and the Tonight Show, the Arsenio Hall Show, Soul Train, and many shows in Asia and Europe. She has sung backups and toured with David Cassidy, the legendary Gladys Knight, and 80’s pop icon Sheena Easton, shared the stage with David Foster, Josh Groban, Spyro Gyra, Wynonna, Vince Gill, and Cher, was contracted as the vocal arranger/soloist opposite Whoopi Goldberg, Billy Crystal, and Robin Williams in HBO’s “Comic Relief,” and recently performed with Sugarland at the AMC Awards on CBS. You can also hear her signature sound on numerous television and radio jingles. Now a Las Vegas resident, she is the voice of the Las Vegas “UNLV Tickets” jingle among other popular spots. The gospel choir she founded was handpicked to perform with Barbara Streisand at the MGM Garden Arena in Las Vegas, and has appeared with countless celebrities under Michelle’s direction.
Her unique talents as both an entertainer and producer take her across the country and the globe several times a year via her production company, Diva Las Vegas Productions. Clients include Mercedes,Toyota, IBM, AT&T, Bayer, HBO, MTV, the NBA, and countless recording artists.
An accomplished singer songwriter, she is in the process of recording a new album. She is also a coauthor of the inspirational book “Power of the Platform” and is in the process of writing a book about the music industry. Her passion is uplifting people through the power of music, and she is in the process of creating a non-profit music therapy foundation.