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Pamela Johnson joins Eklectricity with Adam and Belinda

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Raised in the church, Pamela Johnson started singing at a very young age. Pamela was very shy as a youth and resisted singing solos until she began attending her neighborhood church, First Baptist Church Denbigh. Pamela's first solo at church was “Thou My Everlasting Portion”, a gospel hymn. First Baptist Denbigh recorded a church project where Pamela was featured on, “I Know a Man from Galilee” when she was 15 years old.
Pamela's friends introduced her to the music of Phyllis Hyman, a jazzy contralto. Similar to Hyman, Pamela's contralto voice was velvety and low in pitch. Today, Pamela's contralto voice has evolved into a 4.5 octave mezzo soprano with which she incorporates many of the vocal inflections she learned by studying the vocal gymnastics of Darryl Coley, Vanessa Bell Armstrong and of course, Phyllis Hyman. As a teen, a church member approached Pamela's mother requesting permission to sponsor her in a local beauty pageant; Miss Black Teenage World of Newport News. This pageant began a string of beauty pageants and talent shows all of which serve as the foundation for her selection as the Vocalist of the Year at Denbigh High School.
"Destiny Resurrected' is saturated with songs declaring victory like, "Imma Champion" and songs of gratitude, like "Thank Ya!", and songs of overcoming like, "A Way". In "Warrior Woman" she praises the warrior women who wrestle in the Kingdom on behalf of God's people and in "As I Am" she shares her own story of overcoming insecurity and feeling like she didn't belong. She went to her college friend and now Grammy award winning producer, Tyrone Corbett and his writing partner, Bob Donzella of Bo-Ty Productions for assistance and they created a symphony piece entitled, "Lord I Come to You", a simply beautiful prayer of submission.