JESSICA JOHNSON - PRESIDENT/CEO
Jessica Johnson, affectionately referred to as “JJ”, is a renowned award winning recording artist with deep southern roots. JJ is recognized for her talents as a Motivational Speaker, Author, Radio, TV, and Events Promotor, Marketing and Relations Director , TV Producer, and a BMI Songwriter.
JJ has 45 years of experience in the music and entertainment industry. Highlights of her career have been performing with such greats as, Shirley Caesar to Floor Director for the TV show “In Your Corner”. JJ is owner of JJ’s Music and Jessica Johnson Ministries. JJ is very passionate about helping others.
In her journeys you might find her in a recording studio, speaking at an event, or counseling those in need. For “We Rise By Lifting Others”
CHRISTINA DONOHUE - 1ST VICE PRESIDENT
Christina Donohue is Singer and Musician. After writing articles with the wonderful Rob Patz. She served as a Promotional Manager for Chris Hester and Joey Canyon.
Christina grew up traveling with her parents, ministering in different churches. Christina has an extensive background in law.
A subject matter expert in her field. Through the years, Christina has been part of gospel groups, where she has appeared in many musical events. She has recorded numerous cd's. She is also a Praise and Worship Leader.
- 2ND VICE PRESIDENT
Steve Berry has been involved in gospel music since childhood. He comes from a family rich in music history and ministry. Steve was part of a popular quartet, The Young Messengers, in the mid 1970's. This group of young men recorded two albums of quartet music and traveled the Midwest doing concerts and revivals. After the Young Messengers dissolved, Steve and his older brother started a new group known as The Berry Singers.
His younger brother Doug later joined The Berry Singers and the group quickly became a favorite gospel group in the Midwest. Their album “Jesus, How I Love You”, included the song, “Hallelujah Meeting” which reached number 15 on the Midwest Gospel Music charts in 1976. Both the Young Messengers and The Berry Brothers have performed in concerts with such groups as The Oak Ridge Boys, The Imperials, The Blackwood Brothers, The Isaacs, Highroad, and The Lester’s just to name a few.
They have appeared in several television and radio programs throughout the South and Midwest. Steve is also an award-winning BMI songwriter with his most recent song penned “Let There Be Light.” Other than gospel music, Steve has played and sang country and bluegrass in the variety show “The Berry Boys Mountain Music Show.”
At the end of the day Steve’s talents which also include a comedic side, will touch a heart and bring a smile to all around.
BECKI DEAN - SECRETARY/TREASURER
Becki was born with a passion for music, and had encouragement from her grandparents to sing and play guitar. Becki wrote her first song at the age of five, and was later introduced to Buck Owens. Buck was very gracious to Becki, and he listened to her sing. He then shared some very important wisdom, and during this time, Becki knew she wanted to be a vocalist.
In 2002 her passion for music took over. With strong Country Music roots, Becki went on to be named Female Vocalist of the Year several times in Branson and the Arizona Gospel Music Community. She was nominated for several awards such as, Songwriter of the year, three times. She is a BMI songwriter who has written over 180 songs, many of which are being performed by another artist.
Becki has co-written with other writers, such as Carl Watson, and Brian Collins.
MARK DEAN - CHIEF JUDGE
Mark spent most of his free time learning to play guitar, which led to the dream of entering the music industry. He began working in construction, but never lost his passion for music. After several life-changing events, he returned to his early life's desire for music. Mark has drawn from several musical influences, including, Ray Price and Stevie Ray Vaughan. Mark has played various genres of music, including, his own style of Gospel.
Mark has won several music awards which includes Artist of the Year, Male Vocalist of the year, and Songwriter of the Year throughout several music associations nationwide. Mark and his wife, also host the Gospel Spotlight multiple times a year. Mark is a BMI songwriter, which include 180 songs, many of which are currently being recorded by several artists.
DIRECTOR OF MARKETING AND PROMOTIONS
I grew up listening to southern gospel music. My father had a group called The Skyline Boys, and I can still hear them rehearsing in our living room. Music has always been a huge part of my life. I always loved the way you can get lost in a really good song. I was in musicals in middle school and high school, took theatre classes, and as most other little girls, aspired to be a singer.
My career as a promoter, marketer and client facing expert lends me the expertise to be a great asset to Cardinal Country and Gospel Music Association. In recent years I have been blessed to open my own specialty desert shop.
Now, I am excited to be part of this wonderful team. I am so blessed to be here!
NATIONAL REGIONAL MEMBERSHIP DIRECTOR
Born and raised in Alabama, Richard became interested In media in his early teens. He became actively involved in learning Video and Sound in church.
At age sixteen he became passionate about radio broadcasting. In GOD'S time Richard got his chance to begin radio announcing on a local AM radio station. In pursuing his passion he started his own radio program that ran successfully for 4 years.
With the help of broadcasting colleagues, Richard is now actively ministering in internet radio. Heavens Country is a much loved internet station that plays 24 hour positive country music. Richard is honored to broadcast alongside such greats as Marty Smith and Micah McCarley. In addition to Heavens Country, Richard has three other web stations airing his shows. Star99 Radio, Racman Christian Radio, and Gospel Hour Radio.
At the end of the day you can hear Richard say “God keeps blowing my mind! He keeps blessing lives through this ministry. I am abundantly blessed”.