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Singer to share story, experiences with church

 

By Alex Welch
Assistant Editor 

  After stepping into the national spotlight earlier this year, one local singer is getting ready to perform on a stage he is a bit more familiar with. Micah Johnson has been a member of Community Bible Church in Stockbridge for nearly half a decade, and this weekend hell be performing on his own for the first time in front of his congregation.

Micah Johnson holds up his ticket to Hollywood after moving on to the next round in American Idol. He appeared on Season 12 of the show.                                                   Special photo

  Johnson appeared on the reality television show American Idol in Season 12, moving past the initial tryout stage to travel to Hollywood. After trying out for the show multiple times, Johnson said his seventh attempt turned out to be the one that counted. 

  I made it to the top 30 guys. It was hard going to Hollywood and realizing it was going to be a little different than standing in an audition room, said Johnson. I was grateful for how far I made it.

  But simply making it to the later rounds wasnt the most notable part of Johnsons achievement. He underwent tonsil surgery 10 days prior to trying out for a seventh time. While this is typically a routine operation, Johnson suffered nerve damage that affected his vocal cords and resulted in a speech impediment that he still deals with today.

  The feeling isnt all the way there. Its one of those things I learn to live with now, said Johnson. I feel so appreciative because of the people around me. I really count my blessings.

  Johnson said whenever he starts to feel bad about his situation, he receives a message on Facebook from a fan saying he helped them get through a major life event, like battling brain cancer. Hes no stranger to experience ups and downs in life, which led Community Bible to include him in the upcoming sermon series, according to Pastor Glenn Hall.

  This coming Sunday we thought wed have a special day where we just focus on him. Hes been back for several months, but we thought itd be nice, said Hall. It fits in with our sermon series called Joy Ride. The message is joy in suffering, and how good things can happen in difficult times.

  Hall said the church has creative meetings each week, and they came up with the idea to include Johnson after deciding on the theme for the next sermon. On Sunday, Johnson will sing, answer questions from the audience and share some of his history.

Theyre going to show my audition and talk a little bit about that, the hardships of all the stuff that happened with my tonsils. Then Im going from there and singing a few songs, said Johnson.

  Johnson said hes been with the church for about five years. He began attending before he joined the Navy in 2009, but he stayed connected over the Internet while he was stationed elsewhere.

  I love Community. Its a home away from home, said Johnson. It was weird to be stationed out in San Diego, but it was awesome to be able to watch church online from my bed.

  Johnson is now a part of the choir at Community Bible. He said he has done a few duets with other singers in the past, but this weekend will be his solo debut at the church. Johnson will be featured in the auditorium services at Community Bible on July 14 at 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m.

  After he finishes up with his performances at church, Johnson will shift his focus towards another important date. With another season of American Idol coming up, Johnson is planning on trying out for the eighth time. He said hes a little nervous about missing the cut this time around, but he hopes his face and his voice will bring back some memories for the judges. Johnson will be auditioning for the show on July 26 at Gwinnett Arena.

  Community Bible Church is located at 2001 Jodeco Road in Stockbridge. For more information on their upcoming services featuring Johnson, contact Hall at 770-584-0961 or glenn.hall@communitybiblechurch.com.

 

 

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