Worship music is not a career choice, it’s a calling, and it’s one that Female Worship Leader and Songwriter Shelly E. Johnson has embraced with joyful surrender. She has a gift for writing songs that can lift a congregation closer to the Throne and a heart for serving God that makes her one of the most anointed young worship leaders of her generation.
Most well-known for writing the powerful worship anthem “Power of the Cross”, which has been recorded by Natalie Grant, Steve Green and is being used in churches worldwide, Shelly has served as worship leader alongside Beth Moore, Tony Nolan, Andy Stanley, and toured North America with renown Irish Hymn-writers Keith & Kristyn Getty.
Raised in a strong Christian home, it wasn’t until the age of fourteen when Shelly’s father tragically died from cancer that Shelly met God for the first time in a real and personal way. It was during that experience that Shelly began writing songs and felt God’s calling on her life to ministry.
Shelly followed her calling to Nashville, TN in 2003 to attend Belmont University where she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Commercial Music. After graduating in 2007, her songs began to gain the attention of the Christian music industry, as “Power of the Cross” was awarded Song of the Year by the Gospel Music Association, and her song “Draw Near” was awarded Scripture Song of the Year.
After releasing her independent album Mosaic of Grace in 2009, Shelly signed her first publishing and recording deal with LifeWay Worship in February 2011. Her debut EP Power of the Cross released in August 2012, in partnership with Maranatha! Music, with the lead off single “All Things Beautiful” impacting Christian radio formats.
In September 2014, Shelly’s full-length worship album Your Kingdom Come released worldwide through LifeWay Worship, in partnership with Elevate Entertainment.
In January 2016, Shelly released her followup worship album entitled Measureless, which debuted in the top 50 on iTunes, with the lead-off single “Loved Me First” hitting the #1 spot at Christian Radio the entire month of January.
Less than six months later, in June 2016, Shelly released her first ever live worship album, Christ Be Everything (LIVE), recorded and filmed at 1971 Sounds in Atlanta, GA.
Shelly spends her time writing songs for the Church, serving as a worship leader at her home church, and traveling the country striving to build the Kingdom of God through her music. Shelly and her husband Jack were married in May 2005 and currently live in Woodstock, GA, along with their baby daughter, Mary Carson.
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