With a click of your mouse, you can help propel Bahamian gospel artist Shara “Shara J” Johnson to win at the upcoming Music Love Awards, an annual event that honors people in the performing arts who are rarely recognized in any of the major awards platforms. Shara J has been nominated in three categories – Praise and Worship Artist of the Year, Songwriter of the Year and Song of the Year, for her single, “While I Wait”.
Shara J has been nominated in the Praise & Worship Artist of the Year category against Kenny Lumpkin, NEBS (Not Easily Broken Singers), Eric and Derrick McElroy and Pastor C’Tyre and Shift. In the Song of the Year category, she is up against “A New Chapter”, Stephen Robinson; “I Paid for it”, Andrea Carlisle; “Mercy Says”, Andrew Kurtz; “Precious”, Anointed Mims Singers; “Holy Ghost”, COGIC; and “Keep Prayin’”, Essence. And in the Songwriter of the Year category, she is up against Chris McGehee, Lorraine Dunn and Brenda Kwaidah.
To help propel her to win, you can vote for Shara J at musicloveawards.com, and have until midnight tonight to vote. Winners will be announced August 23-24 at the Little Rock, Arkansas, Anjelica Records event.
She says the nominations exemplify her hard work and dedication as an artist and a songwriter.
“It is honestly one of my greater accomplishments, as this to me marks a level of affirmation, not just as a Bahamian gospel artist but also an international gospel artist. In the world of music, having the title ‘award-winning’, or even ‘award-nominated’ to your name – more so on the international level – means that you are someone that the industry can take seriously,” said Shara J.
She is also tapped to perform during The Relaunch! concert on Friday, August 23, at the Comfort Inn & Suites Presidential in Little Rock, Arkansas. She is on the ticket with heZEMI, the Hunter Brothers, Kevin Riley, The Bishop, Tommy Womack, Michael Giboney, Jones L, Faye Mosby and Tanj.
Anjelica Records hosts the Music Love Awards as they realize that indie artists, groups, mimes, poets, praise dancers, actors, actresses, singers, Christian hip-hop/rap artists, internet radio DJ’s, MC’s, promoters and recording studios who are not attached to major labels or do not have major representation and/or distribution deals, hardly get the recognition they deserve, even though they are just as talented, professional, hardworking, dynamic and prepared as the best-of-the-best in their respective fields within the industry.
Shara J’s “While I Wait” was produced by Nehemiah Hield of Kingdom Glory Records, who is also a former lead singer of the Grammy Award-winning band Baha Men. He also lent his soulful vocals to the song which Shara J said was crafted from issues of her heart, but relatable to people worldwide.
The gospel artist, who is a paralegal by profession, was led to pen the lyrics to her hit single by the Holy Spirit and said they express every feeling, emotion and thought she experienced during what she said was a trying season in her life, which made music take a backseat in her life for a period.
“I went through a period of discouragement based on the lack of support and guidance. I truly didn’t know the way to success in the industry and there was very little assistance or enough knowledge about the business part of being an artist. I didn’t want to be the normal artist putting songs out there and getting airplay, void of compensation or recognition. I had already had a stint with putting out music but was never compensated; also, one of my songs was played every single day on the radio stations. I wanted more, and I promised myself that should I ever do it again, I would properly equip myself. I needed to know the business aspect of the industry. Through internet research, a little direction from Nehemiah Hield in terms of copywriting, coupled with personal guidance from Anjelica Records, I learned everything that I know now.”
Through her single, it is Shara J’s hope that individuals who may be experiencing trying times will learn how to wait on God and be of good courage; but while waiting on Him, she said, worship is still essential.
With her return to the music scene, she continues to perform and write songs, using day-to-day experiences as inspiration to sing praises to God.
Shara J has performed her hit single on the Bobby Jones Gospel Presents show in Nashville, Tennessee, which was aired on Impact TV. Her international debut was at a concert in Little Rock, Arkansas, as well as on Another Level Gospel Show in Montgomery, Alabama.
A worship single she penned, entitled “Healing Worship”, which was produced by Cambrell Poitier of Firecloud Records, is regularly played on WBCR Radio Chicago and Prazyfest Gospel Radio, as well as local stations.
One of the biggest moments in her music career, she says, was her international debut concert in Little Rock, Arkansas.
“Growing Green” – a mesh of Junkanoo and rake n’ scrape – is her latest release.
The paralegal of more than a decade is never afraid to share her testimony and is a firm believer that while experience in itself may be the best teacher, a person does not necessarily have to personally experience to learn – that a person can learn by observing the trials and triumphs of others.
Shara J aspires to be a globally-recognized, award-winning gospel artist known for her expressive worship and praise, and for touching and changing lives through ministry.
Her vocal talent was discovered at the age of eight when she was asked to lead a song with the class choir for an assembly service as a student at Centreville Primary School. She has been singing ever since. But she’s no stranger to great vocals, coming from a family of talented vocalists. Her paternal grandparents, Christopher K. Johnson and Ivy Johnson, and her father and mother, Pastor Jeffrey and Franceta Johnson, used to be a backup singer for Smokey 007 and many other secular Bahamian artists who were famous in the late 1960 and 70s.
Shara J also has a passion for community and children and founded the Kingdom Kids Club in 2003 which spawned the Kingdom Kids Choir. She also founded the Cacique-Award nominated Children’s Choir, which is well-known for its hit single “Bahama Praise”, which she also wrote and composed. “Bahama Praise” also served as the theme song for the Dandy Lion’s Children’s Hour on ZNS 1240 inspirational station and can be found on the album “Bahama Praise Party”. She also wrote “Jump”, another Cacique Award-nominated single on the album.
Shara J was also an artist with Fam Entertainment and featured at Fam Fest on a number of occasions, as well as Joy in the Park, sponsored by Joy 101.9 FM.
She acknowledges Jesus Christ as her lord and savior and serves as minister-elect of praise and worship at her church, Family Life Kingdom Center. She is also an honorary member of In His Presence Worship Ministry, Little Rock, Arkansas.