Frederick Johnson

Music/arts organization
Organization/Affiliation (no abbreviation): 
The David A. Straz Center for the Performing Arts
Tampa, FL 33601
United States
Short biography and a description of your interest(s) in music and health: 
serving currently as Community Engagement Specialist and Arts and Health Program manager, Fred Johnson is an artist and educator dedicated to the journey of creating space that serve to manifest the restoration of our highest energy of humanity. The fact that he has opened for both Aretha Franklin and Dr. Deepak Chopra points to his versatility as an artist and healer. An acclaimed jazz vocalist, sacred chanter, storyteller, author and arts educator, Fred is a graduate of the National Academy of the Performing Arts as well as the Master Performers School of the National Mime Theater. He studied abstract painting at The National Academy of Art and Design.
He has opened for or recorded and toured worldwide with jazz and R& B legends Ramsey Lewis, Chick Corea, Sonny Rollins, Christian McBride, Richard Elliot, George Benson, Boney James, Joe Zawinul, Ottmar Liebert, David Sanborn, B. B. King, Patti LaBelle, Herbie Mann, Dizzy Gillespie, Nat Adderley and Miles Davis.
He is recognized globally for his work in the health and wellness community as well as his extensive work in international Interfaith peace and reconciliation. He served as Deputy Executive Director of Intersections International, a Multi-faith, Multi-cultural initiative of The Collegiate Church of New York for nine years and led their international outreach, utilizing the arts, meditation and dialogue that specifically addressed challenges in communities around the issues of bias, exclusion and cultural conflict. Fred has a deep commitment to the journey of utilizing to enrich the health and healing of communities and individuals globally.
Collaboration Interests: 
Supporting any project that amplifies the science, research and practical application of music towards the journey of wellness and healing in public and global humanitarian engagement.