Peggy Still Johnson
Peggy Still Johnson is a successful CEO, Executive Director, Consultant, Arts Advocate Leader, Music Composer/Artist, and Educator.
Most recently, Peggy was the Executive Director for Callanwolde Fine Arts Center. The Callanwolde team under Peggy’s direction transformed the center in less than 5 years (Press Release Link – Peggy Still Johnson Retiring from Callanwolde Fine Arts Center). In 2017, Peggy was asked to speak in Washington D.C. at the National Building Museums Symposium. Peggy serves on the Advisory Board for Georgia State University School of Music, Georgia Music Partners, Atlanta Film Festival, has served for 5 years on the Board of Governors (Composer Seat) for The Recording Academy (Grammy Organization.) She is an alumna of Leadership Atlanta (class of 2013) and Leadership DeKalb (class of 2014). Peggy released her avant garde CD Footsteps and later a single (“Pie Jesu”) she wrote for the award-winning film Requiem for Herstory on iTunes, CD Baby, and Amazon. “Pie Jesu” was on the ballot for the 54th Grammy Awards and nominated for an Indie Award for Best Classical and Orchestral Song (Independent Label Music Award.) Peggy worked with Stephen King, John Mellencamp, T Bone Burnett and Andy York on their musical production Ghost Brothers of Darkland County as the vocal coach and copyist (working on the musical score.) Peggy has performed all over the world as a soloist and in bands and also performed in Maui for former President George and Barbara Bush along with singing as a soloist the “National Anthem” at Turner Field (Atlanta Braves Game) and Philips Arena (Atlanta Hawks Game.) Peggy founded the Peggy Still School of Music in 1988 which grew to three locations, 600 students and 45 teachers. Peggy successfully sold the Peggy Still School of Music in 2011. She also founded Peggy Johnson Productions & Talent where she worked as a music supervisor, casting agent, coached/developed talent, and a composer/arranger of music for film. She has worked on such films and television shows (coaching, casting, composing, music supervision): Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Big Momma’s House 3, Parental Guidance, Bessie, Requiem for Herstory, Greenleaf, American Idol, America’s Got Talent, and more. Peggy composed music for the Point of Light video presentation at the Kennedy Center and arranged, performed, & recorded music for the Dedication of the Atlanta Temple for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
Peggy is a Cooper Piano and BKE Beat Thang artist- Beat Thang is sold at Best Buy, Sweetwater Music, Guitar Center, Musician’s Friend, and more. Cooper Piano – over 100 years of valued service
Long bio: Peggy Still Johnson attended Brigham Young University and Georgia State University and received a B.M. Degree (Magna Cum Laude.) She was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa, Pi Kappa Lambda (Music Honor’s Society,) Phi Kappa Phi, and Golden Key National Honor’s Society. She is the recipient of the Champion Award from the Entrepreneur Network at Georgia State University and the See Green Award from CeeLo Green and Shedonna Alexander of The GreenHouse Foundation.
Peggy was the Executive Director for Callanwolde Fine Arts Center (Callanwolde.org) for 5 years. The Callanwolde team under Peggy’s direction transformed the center in less than 5 years (Press Release Link – Peggy Still Johnson Retiring from Callanwolde Fine Arts Center). Peggy is on the Advisory Board for Georgia State University School of Music and was on the Board of Governors (Composer Seat) for the Atlanta Chapter of The Recording Academy (Grammy Organization). Peggy also serves on the Advisory Board of the Atlanta Film Festival and Georgia Music Partners. She has been on the Executive Board for Mainstreet Woodstock, Day League, and the Atlanta Music Project and has worked with the Dallas Austin Foundation. She has also been chosen as a member of the prestigious Leadership Atlanta (class of 2013) and Leadership DeKalb (class of 2014). Peggy has served on the Fulton County Arts Council Literary-Media Grant Approval Panel and has also worked with the Buckhead Club.
Peggy performed with the GSU University Singers at Lincoln Center in New York and has also performed professionally since 1982 in San Diego, Salt Lake City, Dallas, Atlanta, Montego Bay (Jamaica,) Maui (Hawaii,) Colombia-South America, Washington D.C., Las Vegas and throughout the southeast. Peggy was the keyboardist and vocalist for Atlanta’s most popular Dance/Party Band – formerly known as “The Celebrity Rock Band” – now known as “BandX”. She performed with BandX at The Grand Wailea for President George and Barbara Bush in Maui and performed with Mickey Thomas (Starship/Jefferson Starship), Jeff Carlisi (38 Special), and Jenny McCarthy at The Palms Resort and Brian Howe (Bad Company) at the Red Rock Resort in Las Vegas. Peggy sang (soprano) in a 30 voice gospel choir in 2017 for a Christmas television special backing up legends Gladys Knight, Smokey Robinson, Patti LaBelle and Yolanda Adams. Peggy was featured in Urban Lux Magazine – “People on the Move”. Peggy has also sung the “National Anthem” as a soloist at Turner Field for the Atlanta Braves, Philips Arena for the Atlanta Hawks, and the Kaiser Permanente 5K Run in Atlanta (18,ooo runners.) Peggy re-released her avant garde recording entitled Footsteps in 2010. Footsteps is sold on Amazon, CD Baby, and iTunes. In 2009 Peggy was hired by Scott Houston (5 time Emmy Award Winner – known as “The Piano Guy”) to speak at his National Seminar in Indiana for his “Play Piano in a Flash” teaching program. In 2006, Peggy was hired by Paramount Pictures to train actress Edith Ivey on piano for her role as the piano teacher (Mrs. Maples) in the 2008 blockbuster movie The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (starring Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett.). The film was nominated for 13 Academy Awards, winner of 3 Academy Awards. In 2010, Peggy received composing, casting, and coaching credit for her work in the Independent Film Requiem for Herstory which was nominated for Best Short Film in the Toronto Female Eye Film Festival. The film was also screened at the NewFilmmakers Summer Festival in New York City and has received praise from the faculty of Columbia University Film Dept. Jade Films released the theme song (composed by Peggy) “Pie Jesu” on CD Baby, Amazon and iTunes. “Pie Jesu” was on the ballot for the 54th Grammy Awards. In 2010, Peggy received sound management and mixing credit for her work in the Independent Film Like Sugar on the Tip of My Lips. The film was shown at Cannes Film Festival, Women’s International Film Festival, and received 3rd place prize of Director’s cut for the Black Maria Film + Video Festival. Peggy also received sound and music management credit for the Independent Film Life.Less. In 2010, Peggy helped with piano casting and coaching for Big Momma’s House 3, casting and coaching (MoNique) in Bessie (HBO film starring Queen Latifah and MoNique), and Peggy also received sound and music management credit and composing credit on the documentary After the Fall. Peggy also worked on casting for the hit TV show America’s Got Talent, American Idol, and casting for Parental Guidance starring Billy Crystal and Bette Midler. Peggy was hired as a coach for the television show Greenleaf. Peggy worked on the musical Ghost Brothers of Darkland County written by Stephen King and music by John Mellencamp (T Bone Burnett – Musical Director.) The musical was premiered spring of 2012 and is still touring today. Peggy was the vocal coach and copyist for this musical (working on the musical score.) Peggy has worked with Justin Guarini (American Idol), employed thousands of musicians, and also personally taught hundreds of musicians including national and local celebrities such as Rebecca Lovell and Megan Lovell (Larkin Poe,) Dean Roland (Collective Soul,) Brandon Bush (Sugarland,) Monique, Babi Mac, Rachele Gilmore (Metropolitan Opera,) Brad Shaw-Mike Shaw-Jacob Morrell (The Head), Sonny Mack, Tanner Hendon, Joe Gransden, Sydney Ward, Chelsea Szegidewicz, Tuk Smith (The Biters), Amy Gerhartz, Joelle, Justin Martin (Lion King, High School Musical 3, The Soloist,) Jon Mero (The Voice), Cristina Quinones (Georgia Music Hall of Fame Horizon Award Recipient,) and more.
A great supporter of education, Peggy was an award presenter for the 2011 Televised Shuler Hensley Awards at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre. Peggy also worked with Tony award winning actor Shuler Hensley in the Ghost Brothers of Darkland County musical. Peggy has also been an arts advocate speaking to politicians in Washington D.C. and in Georgia about the need for artist tax incentives and protection of artist intellectual property/creator rights.
In 2011 Peggy arranged, performed, and recorded music for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints dedication of their Atlanta Temple in which the President of the church, the late President Thomas S. Monson, was in attendance. Peggy arranged 2 choral pieces, 2 five piece instrumental medleys, and recorded most of the piano tracks for the youth choir performing in the Atlanta Civic Center.
Peggy founded The Peggy Still School of Music in 1988 and the school had grown to 3 locations and an enrollment of over 600 students and 45 instructors. Peggy successfully sold the Peggy Still School of Music in 2011 which today is now known as North Fulton School of Music. Some of the finest musicians in the southeast have taught at The Peggy Still School of Music. We are proud of the many accomplishments of our staff and students. Many of our students have won college scholarships, contests, auditions, lead roles in plays locally and on Broadway, TV and movies, recording contracts, and have become professional musicians and/or serious music hobbyists. Peggy has also enjoyed working with the many schools in North Fulton County as the pianist of many choral and drama productions.
Peggy Still Johnson founded the Peggy Johnson Productions and Talent, Inc. in 2009 and provided services in casting, coaching, composing, and sound design. Peggy and her team developed talent and projects. Peggy Still Johnson also founded a non-profit corporation in 1999 to benefit the community and musicians.
The Peggy Johnson Foundation for the Performing Arts, Inc.was founded to provide the community, community organizations, charities, and community events with performance opportunities and entertainment at minimal or no charge. PJFPA provided the community with diverse styles of musical entertainment to be excellent, educational, wholesome, and artistic.
Personal Mission Statement: “Music touches lives and souls – Music can be the glue in our community.” Peggy’s personal mission is to bring together and musically help those of all genres and styles of music, all ages, all levels of income, the elderly, the underprivileged, and those that are handicapped and have special needs. Our community will not be truly successful unless it contains a support of the arts for all to learn and/or benefit from.
Peggy lives in Atlanta with her husband Scott Johnson – he is the love of her life. Their amazing adult daughter Ashley lives in Atlanta with her son Landen.