Johnson wins NAMA for independent recording “Heaven’s Window”

BY LINDSEY BARK
Reporter
11/18/2019 08:30 AM
Main Cherokee Phoenix
Cherokee Nation citizen Ava Rose Johnson, a 12-year-old singer, won Best Independent Recording by a New Artist on Nov. 2 at the 19th annual Native American Music Awards in New York. According to news outlets, Johnson is the youngest to ever win a NAMA. COURTESY
RED OAK – After co-writing an original song in honor of her late friend, 12-year-old Cherokee Nation citizen Ava Rose Johnson has been on a musical whirlwind since releasing the song and music video – attending performances, and more recently, winning an award on Nov. 2 at the 19th annual Native American Music Awards in New York.

Johnson won Best Independent Recording by a New Artist for her song “Heaven’s Window,” which she co-wrote with country artists Lainey Edwards and Billy Dawson, and Florida Georgia Line drummer Sean Fuller.

During Dawson’s “Nashville to New Mexico” event in Eagle’s Nest, New Mexico, he first met Johnson and invited her to Nashville to write the song and record it.

“It’s about my friend Behr Place. He passed away two years ago. I just want it to be a symbol of hope for his family and friends and for whoever has lost a loved one,” Johnson said.

With the song, she became the youngest person to ever win a NAMA, according to mcalesternews.com.

“I was very shocked. I was really happy that I got to go there and honor Behr. I was real excited and I’m really blessed. I couldn’t have done this without God blessing me and helping me,” she said.

Singing since age 4, Johnson has received recognitions for her talents such as being named the year’s outstanding performer at the American Kids Dale Awards and placing first in her age bracket at the 2017 National Competition in Branson, Missouri, according to a previous Cherokee Phoenix article.

She was also a member of Oklahoma Kids and had an appearance on Good Morning American when she was 10.

Johnson said she is working on new songs she hopes are released soon. When she is not singing, she is busy being a regular kid.

“The things I usually do when I don’t sing is go to school, play sports, hang out with my friends and go to church,” she said.

For more information, find Ava Rose Johnson Music on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube.
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Lindsey Bark grew up and resides in the Tagg Flats community in Delaware County. She graduated magna cum laude from Northeastern State University in 2012 with a bachelor’s degree in mass communication, emphasizing ...
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Lindsey Bark grew up and resides in the Tagg Flats community in Delaware County. She graduated magna cum laude from Northeastern State University in 2012 with a bachelor’s degree in mass communication, emphasizing ...

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