Michelle Johnson is a contemporary jazz singer songwriter based in Las Vegas, Nevada where she is known as "The First Lady of Jazz."  After years of singing backups for many musical legends, she is currently recording her first solo album and working on a book about the music business. 

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Dennis Bono Show

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The South Point Hotel & Casino, 9777 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas

Guest appearance on the Dennis Bono show to promote the upcoming Smith Center show "Spotlight." The Dennis Bono Show is celebrating its 15th year of broadcasting, and continues to feature many of the stars in the famous "City of Entertainment." TICKETS ARE FREE: Call South Point Box Office with any questions at 702-797-8055

Guest on ABC's "The Morning Blend"

ABC Channel 13 - KTNV Las Vegas , 3355 S. Valley View Blvd., Las Vegas

Live television appearance - promoting the upcoming Smith Center show "Spotlight" on the Morning Blend, on Las Vegas ABC affiliate, KTNV. (Channel 13.)

Guest of the Merv Harding Big Band

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E String, 2031 W Sunset Rd, Henderson

Enjoy live jazz at the E-String with the big band sound of Merv Harding's Talk of the Town Big Band. The band is made up of some of the best and most prolific big band players in Las Vegas. Guest vocals by Las Vegas' First Lady of Jazz, Michelle Johnson. Don't miss it!

9th Annual Toys for Tots Variety Benefit Show

Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino, 3000 Paradise Rd, Las Vegas NV 89109

It’s that time of year again... The 9th Annual Marine Corps. Toys for Tots Variety Benefit Show sponsored by Findlay Cadillac. Findlay Cadillac presents the 9th Annual U.S. Marine Corps Toys 4 Tots Celebrity Benefit Show at the Westgate Las Vegas International Theater. Free tickets are available for supporters who donate a new unwrapped toy at Findlay Cadillac- 5185 W Sahara Ave. Las Vegas, NV 89146. Join us for dazzling performances and guest appearances; all for a great cause! Highlights: Date: December 16th Time: 7:30pm (Red Carpet starts at 6pm and doors open at 6:30pm) Location: Westgate Las Vegas International Theater Price: $20. Tickets can be purchased at the Westgate Las Vegas or picked up from Findlay Cadilllac of Las Vegas. (1 ticket per new unwrapped toy at a $20 or greater value) Age: All Ages

Symphonic Rockshow with Brody Dolyniuk

The Smithe Center - Reynolds Hall, 361 W Symphony Park Ave., Las Vegas, NV 89106

Symphonic Rockshow returns to The Smith Center for an evening of “classic-al” rock, fronted by SRS creator/vocalist Brody Dolyniuk, leading a full rock band and 21-piece orchestra. Veteran trumpeter Lon Bronson conducts the ensemble which also features the Bella Electric Strings. Hear songs from Led Zeppelin, The Who, Queen, Electric Light Orchestra and more like you’ve never heard before. Tickets are going fast.

Tapestry Unraveled - a Tribute to Carole King

The Smith Center - Cabaret Jazz, 361 W Symphony Park Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89106

From Michelle: "This 'complete album' show is a tribute to the iconic Carole King album that most shaped my musical career and my personal life. The show is a blend of her music and my biography, woven together. Carole King's "Tapestry" was and continues to be a groundbreaking album, and Carole King remains the largest influence on my songwriting and musical sensibility. We are doing the entire album. I can't wait to see you there!"

VIP Reception for AFAN's Black & White Party

Hard Rock, 4455 Paradise Road, Las Vegas, NV 89169

Theme: New Orleans! VIP Reception from 7pm - 9pm with special guest, vocalist Michelle Johnson Main Event 9pm - 1am Welcome to Las Vegas' most FABULOUS Party! What started as a small get together among friends to help the HIV / AIDS community during the 1980's has become one of the premier events of the city. The 31st annual Black & White Party stands out as a night that brings people together from all walks of life. Attendees wear black and white attire that can range from avante-garde or risqué to modest. We encourage you to get as creative as possible. Remember, this is not a black & white tie affair or a gala. It is a PARTY, filled with celebrities, DJ's, costumes, food & alcohol vendors, stage performances and live entertainment. The best part is that all of this fun actually helps raise money for for a fantastic cause. 100% of the proceeds go to support the programs and clients at Aid for AIDS of Nevada (AFAN), Nevada's largest and oldest HIV / AIDS service organization. AFAN provides services to nearly 1,200 men, women & children who are infected or affected by the HIV / AIDS virus. This is a 21+ event.

With Sonny Turner (former lead singer of the Platters)

Suncoast Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada

Michelle Johnson will be performing with Sonny Turner, Former lead singer of The Platters, alongside singers Keith Blake and Daemine Lowe. Sonny is bringing his iconic hits to Suncoast Showroom on Saturday, Aug. 12. Turner rose to fame in 1959 after being chosen out of 100 prospects to replace The Platters’ original lead singer, Tony Williams. As the new lead vocalist of The Platters, Turner began touring the world with the group at age 19, performing top hits “I Love You 1000 Times,” “With This Ring” and “Washed Ashore.” Turner also re-recording The Platters’ most celebrated hits “Only You,” “The Great Pretender” and “The Magic Touch.” The Platters went on to become one of the most successful vocal groups in music history. Showtime is 8:30 p.m. Tickets start at $15 plus taxes and fees, and can be purchased by calling Ticketmaster at 800.745.3000; online at www.suncoastcasino.com; or in-person at Suncoast, The Orleans, Gold Coast and Sam’s Town. Tickets may also be purchased the day of the show (depending upon availability) at the venue box office.

Strictly Taboo!

Smith Center - Cabaret Jazz, 361 W Symphony Park Ave Las Vegas, NV 89106, Las Vegas, NV 89106

Michelle Johnson presents her new production of “Strictly Taboo!" The show is "a salacious musical revue about the divas of jazz.” Enjoy the hits of Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Billie Holiday, Eartha Kitt, Peggy Lee, Nina Simone, Dinah Washington, Bessie Smith, Etta James and more in this fast-paced musical revue featuring the music and fascinating, little known backstories of some of the world’s greatest female jazz artists. Scandals, love stories, triumphs, tragedies, gowns, gloves, feathers …. and all of that fabulous music! Featuring the Strictly Taboo Orchestra, a 17 Piece Big Band under the direction of arranger and conductor Joe Escriba, dancers and more. Starring Michelle Johnson with several special surprise guest vocalists. Go back in time and be swept away!

Despite her moniker as Las Vegas’ “First Lady of Jazz”, Michelle Johnson is much more than a jazz singer. Michelle has shared a stage with or recorded with several artists including Paul McCartney, Gladys Knight, Barbara Streisand, Elton John, Sheena Easton and Slash, appeared on several major television networks, and produced events across the globe for various headliners and Fortune 500 companies. Her love of jazz, both the music and it’s history, have been a constant throughout her versatile musical journey that started during a childhood spent in Cairo, Egypt as the child of diplomats, continued at the ivy halls of Yale University and later the Broadway stage, and has her now living in Las Vegas as a critically acclaimed headliner known for jazz and more.

Join us for non-stop musical thrills in an intimate setting as Michelle Johnson, her special guests, and the Strictly Taboo Orchestra uncover the stories of the great divas of jazz.

The Set List 3.0 - The Rolling Stones- Hot Rocks

House of Blues, 3950 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV

Benefitting Golden Rainbow! Produced by House Seats. The performance will feature several performers from prominent shows on the Las Vegas strip working together to recreate the music of Rolling Stones. Tickets are just $10!

Doors open at 7 pm. Show time is 8 pm.

Patrons must be 18 and over with valid I.D. to gain entry to venue. No professional cameras, wallet chains & studded belts or jewelry. All GA tickets are STANDING ROOM only. Join us for dinner in Crossroads Restaurant and Bar at House of Blues before the show. View our menu and make reservations online or call: 702.632.7607 Upgrade your concert experience with a VIP table. For more info visit: http://www.houseofblues.com/lasvegas/vip or email: LasVegasVIPHost@LiveNation.com to ELEVATE TO THE ULTIMATE VIP EXPERIENCE. If you are 21+, the party does not stop when the show ends. You are invited to #FINDYOURKARMA at Foundation Room, Proper dress required

July 4 Fireworks Extravaganza - Las Vegas 51's (National Anthem)

Cashman Field, 1101 Las Vegas Blvd N, Las Vegas, NV

Annually, the best Fourth of July firework show happens at Cashman Field after the 51s game. Enjoy hot dogs, hamburgers, ice cream and baseball on the most American of holidays. National Anthem to be sung by Michelle Johnson. Tickets go fast so be sure to get yours today.

Summerlin's Annual July 4th Patriotic Parade


Michelle Johnson's choir The Desert Angels has been invited back to be a part of the Summerlin Patriotic July 4th Parade. Residents are invited to show their colors at The Summerlin Council Patriotic Parade taking place Tuesday, July 4. Now in its 23rd year, the Patriotic Parade features more than 70 entries including marching bands, floats, giant inflatable balloons and children’s favorite storybook and cartoon characters.

The escort division steps-off at 8:30 a.m. with the parade’s main body commencing at 9 a.m. The parade travels along flag-lined streets from Hillpointe Road and Hills Center, then south on Hills Center Drive concluding on Trailwood Drive at the entrance of the Trails Village Shopping Center. Arrive early to get a prime viewing area along the route.

Don’t miss this time honored tradition that brings together friends, family and neighbors for an old-fashioned, hometown parade through the streets of Summerlin! For more information on the Patriotic Parade, call The Summerlin Council at 702-341-5500.

Golden Rainbow's Ribbon of Life 2017 - Reimagined

Tropicana Theater, 3801 South Las Vegas Boulevard, Las Vegas, Nevada

Michelle Johnson, her choir, and a wonderful troupe of modern dancers are proud to be a part of this year's Ribbon of Life show for Golden Rainbow. Ribbon of Life is an original production unlike any other in Las Vegas, featuring custom production numbers from the best singers, dancers and performers from premier shows on the Las Vegas Strip. Showcasing new acts and talent, each year's Ribbon of Life audience is always surprised, thrilled and inspired by performances that are exclusive to the event.

This year's show is appropriately titled REIMAGINED and it will feature Billboard Top 40 hits reimagined for this one-day-only performance. The audiences can expect to hear and see their favorite classic songs performed in new and exciting ways. Another exciting element for creators, performers, and audience members alike this year is that we will be bringing back live music to the show! REIMAGINED will be under the direction of some new and returning show directors and will feature some of the newest and hottest performers from the Strip.


Smith Center - Cabaret Jazz, 361 W Symphony Park Ave Las Vegas, NV 89106, Las Vegas, NV 89106

Get on up with the iconic 14-piece horn infused Lon Bronson Band as they pay homage to the Godfather of Soul, James Brown. World-renowned tribute artist King James Brown (see video) will be one of the guest artists recreating Soul Brother Number One, performing such classic hits as ‘I Feel Good’, ‘Cold Sweat’, ‘Sex Machine’, and ‘Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag’. Spend an evening with the hardest working man and band in show business – a guaranteed funky good time.

Songbook of Soul

Smith Center - Cabaret Jazz, 361 W Symphony Park Ave Las Vegas, NV 89106, Las Vegas, NV 89106

David Perrico - Award winning (Best of Las Vegas 2013-Review Journal) Trumpeter, Composer, and Conductor returns to Cabaret Jazz with his Pop Strings Orchestra. A celebrated trumpeter, Perrico leads the All-Star 18-piece ensemble of strings, horns and rhythm section. This concert will showcase classic sounds and new arrangements of the "Songbook of Soul" featuring music by artists: Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Chaka Khan, Temptations, Tower of Power, Gladys Knight, Smokey Robinson, Al Jareau, to name a few and Original Compositions by Perrico

Jazz in the Park - Free Concert!

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The Downtown Container Park, 707 Fremont St, Las Vegas

Jazz musicians Michelle Johnson (vocals), Cocho Arbe (piano), Chris Gordan (bass) and Mike Mechem (drums) debut at the "Jazz in the Park" series at the Downtown Container Park. Free of charge, entertaining and fun! Enjoy a jazz concert in a lively, outdoor atmosphere, and explore one of Downtown Las Vegas' main attractions .... the Downtown Container Park. 6:00 to 9:30 PM every last Saturday of the month, starting April 29th, 2017. Located at: 707 Fremont St, Las Vegas, NV 89101

Legendary Ladies of Song - Presented by Bill Fayne

Suncoast Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada

Bill Fayne’s LEGENDARY LADIES OF SONG is a showcase celebrating the women whose music has painted the portrait of our lives.

Beginning in the 1940’s and 1950’s with Ella Fitzgerald, Judy Garland, Billie Holiday and Rosemary Clooney, through the 60’s with Aretha, Patsy Cline, Karen Carpenter and Carole King. The songs and the singers were unforgettable! The 70’s include Dionne Warwick, Olivia Newton-John and Linda Rondstat and we enter the 80’s with Barbra Streisand, Bette Midler, and Whitney Houston. Our journey ends with Celine Dion, and Lady Gaga….plus many other legends as well. Every song is a memory and every singer is a legend!

Our cast includes four of the brightest stars in our Las Vegas community. These versatile ladies are: Naomi Mauro, Michelle Johnson, Rita Lim and Ashley Fuller.

Jazz in the Park-Free Concert!

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Downtown Container Park, 707 Fremont St, Las Vegas

Jazz musicians Michelle Johnson (vocals), Cocho Arbe (piano), Bob Sachs (bass) and Mike Mechem (drums) debut at the "Jazz in the Park" series at the Downtown Container Park. Free of charge, entertaining and fun! Enjoy a jazz concert in a lively, outdoor atmosphere, and explore one of Downtown Las Vegas' main attractions .... the Downtown Container Park. 6:00 to 9:30 PM every last Saturday of the month, starting April 29th, 2017. Located at: 707 Fremont St, Las Vegas, NV 89101

SPOTLIGHT! - My Journey from Backstage to Centerstage - THE RED ROOM in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

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An electric evening of music and behind the scenes stories from a singer to the stars. Michelle Johnson, a popular Las Vegas based vocalist, will be playing in the beautiful Red Room in Puerto Vallarta's Stages Theater. Her one woman musical show is a powerful, story driven theatrical piece about her experiences in the music business, as a session and back up singer to some of the all time greats. Fused with jazz, R&B, rock and pop, the show is sure to delight audiences across a wide demographic. Hurry and get your tickets! SIX NIGHTS ONLY! March 21, 23, 35, 28, 30 and April 1, 2017.



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