By Alex Welch
After stepping into the
national spotlight earlier this year, one local singer is getting
ready to perform on a stage he is a bit more familiar with. Micah
Johnson has been a member of Community Bible Church in Stockbridge
for nearly half a decade, and this weekend he’ll be performing on
his own for the first time in front of his congregation.
Micah Johnson holds up his
ticket to Hollywood after moving on to the next round in
American Idol. He appeared on Season 12 of the show.
Johnson appeared on the
reality television show American Idol in Season 12, moving past
the initial tryout stage to travel to Hollywood. After trying
out for the show multiple times, Johnson said his seventh
attempt turned out to be the one that counted.
“I made it to the top 30
guys. It was hard going to Hollywood and realizing it was going to
be a little different than standing in an audition room,” said
Johnson. “I was grateful for how far I made it.”
But simply making it to the
later rounds wasn’t the most notable part of Johnson’s achievement.
He underwent tonsil surgery 10 days prior to trying out for a
seventh time. While this is typically a routine operation, Johnson
suffered nerve damage that affected his vocal cords and resulted in
a speech impediment that he still deals with today.
“The feeling isn’t all the
way there. It’s one of those things I learn to live with now,” said
Johnson. “I feel so appreciative because of the people around me. I
really count my blessings.”
Johnson said whenever he
starts to feel bad about his situation, he receives a message on
Facebook from a fan saying he helped them get through a major life
event, like battling brain cancer. He’s no stranger to experience
ups and downs in life, which led Community Bible to include him in
the upcoming sermon series, according to Pastor Glenn Hall.
“This coming Sunday we
thought we’d have a special day where we just focus on him. He’s
been back for several months, but we thought it’d be nice,” said
Hall. “It fits in with our sermon series called Joy Ride. The
message is joy in suffering, and how good things can happen in
Hall said the church has
creative meetings each week, and they came up with the idea to
include Johnson after deciding on the theme for the next sermon. On
Sunday, Johnson will sing, answer questions from the audience and
share some of his history.
“They’re going to show my
audition and talk a little bit about that, the hardships of all the
stuff that happened with my tonsils. Then I’m going from there and
singing a few songs,” said Johnson.
Johnson said he’s been with
the church for about five years. He began attending before he joined
the Navy in 2009, but he stayed connected over the Internet while he
was stationed elsewhere.
“I love Community. It’s a
home away from home,” said Johnson. “It was weird to be stationed
out in San Diego, but it was awesome to be able to watch church
online from my bed.
Johnson is now a part of the
choir at Community Bible. He said he has done a few duets with other
singers in the past, but this weekend will be his solo debut at the
church. Johnson will be featured in the auditorium services at
Community Bible on July 14 at 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m.
After he finishes up with his
performances at church, Johnson will shift his focus towards another
important date. With another season of American Idol coming up,
Johnson is planning on trying out for the eighth time. He said he’s
a little nervous about missing the cut this time around, but he
hopes his face and his voice will bring back some memories for the
judges. Johnson will be auditioning for the show on July 26 at
Community Bible Church is located at 2001
Jodeco Road in Stockbridge. For more information on their upcoming
services featuring Johnson, contact Hall at 770-584-0961 or