The new CD, The Return of Nancey Jackson Johnson, slated for release later this year, features another all-star team of producers, including GRAMMY Award-winning Kevin Bond, Asaph Ward, Clay Bogan, and PAJAM. “I’m Free,” the album’s debut single, was recently released to radio.
Nancey Jackson Johnson is more than a nationally known artist with a signature voice and a four octave range. She is a virtuous woman of God who is passionate about ministry, marriage, motherhood, mentorship…. and yes, music. You can say that it’s the five M’s mentioned above that defines her and makes the return of Nancey Jackson Johnson exciting for gospel music lovers. She stepped away from recording and touring for ten years to focus on family and personal growth- now she’s back and more powerful than ever.
Born the youngest of six children in Newark, New Jersey, to a pastor/father and a loving Godly mother, Nancey began singing in her family’s church choir at age six.
“I come from a musical family,” she says, “but I also grew up in a wonderful period of the ‘70s. Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, Hawkins Family—they were my foundations.” Despite the kaleidoscopic influences on her music, Nancey is adamant that biblical references underscore every song she ministers.
“’I’m Free’ expresses who I am,” explains Nancey. “The Bible says those who Jesus Christ frees are free indeed. Through Jesus, I’ve been set free from fear, from low self-esteem, from rejection, from people and their opinions of me. So I’m not ashamed to give God everything. I’m not ashamed to break it down like David did. I’m radical because I’m redeemed.”