DJONTHEARTIST is an American singer, songwriter, record producer and actor. Known for his distinct voice and musical style, DJon first embarked on a career as a ghostwriter, and in 2016 made his way to sunny Los Angeles to step into the light as an artist.
He was born Derrick Charles Johnson on August 20 1985, in New Orleans, LA. When he was a child, Johnson’s family moved all around as his father was in the military but finally moved to Mobile, AL where he spent the majority of his youth. He was exposed to the country scene there, and also listened to his mother’s gospel records and CDs.
While in high school, DJon began to recognize his gift and musical talent. After graduating from high school in 2004, he began cultivating his vocals and musical artistry. However, in August of that year, Hurricane Katrina hit and wreaked havoc on the region. Amidst the chaos, Johnson’s home was badly flooded, prompting him to set aside his musical ambitions and take some time to find out who he was.
Johnson moved to Memphis, TN to continue his recording projects, intending to stay only a short while. However, as he continued to make meaningful contacts within the music industry, he decided to extend his stay. To make money during this time, He took a job as a personal assistant. Eventually, he got a songwriting deal and began collaborating with singers and songwriters in the greater Memphis area.
In 2016 he made the move to Los Angeles, where he connected with several artist and made tv appearances on such shows as Jimmy Kimmel and The Late Late Show with James Corden. He can also be seen in the short film “Josh” and the music video “One More Day” by Snoop Dogg.
He is now preparing for the release of his Freshman EP “August” set for a worldwide distribution 08•20•2018. Expect to hear and see more from this artist in the near future.
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