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In Her Own Words

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In Her Own Words -
The Audiobook

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

Recorded and Edited by Dave Gilliss, Wave Creative on St. Croix, U.S. VIrgin Islands
Winter 2006
Graphic Design: Sergio Sandino for Play-It Productions, NYC
Audio Mastering: Charles DeMontebello, CDM Studios, NYC
Produced by: Betty Johnson
Executive Producer: Betty Johnson

A Brief Word About 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.


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"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."
-E. M. Carlton
Leesburg, VA

"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 Family."
- 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

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