In Her Own Words
In Her Own Words -
This collection contains 8 - 1 hour CDs featuring Betty reading her complete
autobiography and excerpts of over 40 of her songs.
Singer Betty Johnson’s extraordinary voice lifted her from the arduous
cotton fields of North Carolina to the luxury of Park Avenue. From the sweet
sounds of the Johnson Family Singers, America’s first family of gospel,
to the elegant rhythms of her solo career in top venues around the globe, music
was the saving force in a difficult life filled with personal hardships and
devastating secrets. The Cinderella tale of this hard-working, determined woman
leaves you cheering as the triumphs of her later life overshadow the pain of
her early life. This is a story of tremendous faith and even greater love,
but above all, it is a story of music, told by the author in her still beautiful
voice, with actual recordings spanning over seventy years of her career.
About In Her Own Words
A Brief Word About Betty Johnson
Recorded and Edited by Dave Gilliss, Wave Creative on St. Croix, U.S.
Graphic Design: Sergio Sandino for Play-It Productions, NYC
Audio Mastering: Charles DeMontebello, CDM Studios, NYC
Produced by: Betty Johnson
Executive Producer: Betty Johnson
Betty Johnson’s first career in music coincided with the music career
of her family, The Johnson Family Singers. Starting in 1938 and throughout
the 1940’s, this young soprano sang hymns with her parents and three
brothers at churches, military bases and on a daily radio broadcast throughout
the South. As the 1950’s dawned, Betty began her second career, a solo
career that took her from NYC to San Francisco and Chicago to New Orleans with
live performances on a regular basis. Frequent appearances on the Ed Sullivan
Show and Jack Paar’s Tonight Show coincided with the recording of several
hit songs for RCA, Bell Records, and Bally Records in Chicago. In 1958, Betty
joined Atlantic records and hit the pop charts with 3 hits in her first year
alone. Fast forward 50 years and Betty is well into her third career in music.
If you ask her how it’s going, she’s likely to respond...”Life
is good and it just keeps getting better.
NOW AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE IN E-BOOK FORMAT:
"I just finished listening to the first disc and I am hooked. How beautifully
you speak. How eloquent the words. How amazing the story. I
have just spent one of the best hours I've ever had. Your family was
so complex and so fascinating. The journey you traveled was amazing and
I could see and feel your homes and the situations, good and bad, down to the
depths of my soul. Your speaking voice pulls in the listener like a magnet. Thank
you so much for sharing this with me. This set of CDs is a real treasure."
"I enjoyed every word.... every song ... could not find the words to tell
you... so I have just been playing back parts. I can only say... this is more
special to those of us who were fortunate enough to have known all The Johnson
- Gordon Stoker of The Jordanaires
"What a heart rending and wonderful story." "...this package
of CD's telling your life story, with your MUSIC included, is just superb."
- Wink Martindale
"It is so much more emotional to hear a story told by the person herself,
than to just read it. It made me feel like I was there and watching it for
myself. And the music... the music added so much to the CDs."
- N. Derosier
"I just finished listening to your audio book "In
Her Own Words" and I wanted to take the opportunity to thank you
for writing and recording this. After hearing you tell your life
story, I feel as close to you as if you were my own aunt or grandma. And
knowing some of what you've been through and risen above, my admiration
for you has grown a hundred fold. Your speaking voice is as beautiful
as your singing voice; it is a very comforting and reassuring voice. And
your reading style - even in the most harrowing passages - is very
graceful and dignified. I adore this recording. Thank you again
for telling me your story."
- Stormy Hunter