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Young Osage singer wows crowd at Good Morning America studio

When 10-year-old Ava Rose Johnson took the mic from the announcer at Good Morning America studios in New York City, her parents had no idea she was going to receive a standing ovation.

What the audience didn’t know about Ava is that she is already an accomplished singer and performer who comes from Red Oak, Okla. She was in NYC to perform with Oklahoma Kids, a division of American Kids Inc., at BB King Blues Club and Grill in Times Square and at Luna Park on Coney Island. On Labor Day morning, she and the other performers went to a taping of Good Morning America where they had priority seating tickets.

“After they were seated, the announcer began getting the crowd ready for taping. Ava was asked where she was from and she responded with Oklahoma! The announcer said to Ava, ‘If you are really from Oklahoma, then you will be able to sing “Oklahoma!” Ava immediately began to sing “Oklahoma!”, as it is also in the Oklahoma Kids Broadway Show,” said her dad Nathan Johnson, who is the national director of American Kids Inc., and the state director of Oklahoma Kids Inc.

“The announcer was shocked she sang it so well. He brought Ava onto the floor in front of the news anchors desks. He told Ava, ‘If you had 30 seconds to audition for American Idol, what would you sing?’ She said, “Broadway Baby.” He handed her the microphone, she performed and received a standing ovation.”

Johnson said the guests on GMA that day were Country Music stars Brothers Osborne, Lauren Alaina and Dustin Lynch, who were on the show to announce the nominations for the CMA Awards, as well as the news anchors of the show.

“They all complimented Ava and encouraged her to keep singing and took pictures with her,” Johnson said.

Ava has been singing and performing with Oklahoma Kids since she was four years old. A Performing Arts Program founded in 1982 that boasts such alumni as Blake Shelton, Carrie Underwood, Kristin Chenoweth, Brian White and others.

“I love New York City and will never forget how amazing it made me feel to perform in New York City,” Ava said.

She won Outstanding Performer of the Year at the American Kids Dale Awards. She also won awards at the 2017 National Competition in Branson, Mo., where she won First in Age in Country, Gospel, Musical Theater, Solo Vocal and Musical Theater Group, plus First in Age, Gold With Honors, in all of the above except for Country. In that category, she took the Silver Award.

“I am very proud of Ava and her accomplishments and know that she will continue to share her gifts from God for the benefit of others,” Johnson said.

Ava is the daughter of Heather and Nathan Johnson and little sister to Zana Johnson who is attending East Central University. Ava is of the Eagle Clan and she is the great-great-granddaughter of Alex Edward Cannon (Pahpah Ah Hah) an original allottee of Gov. Joe’s band. Ava is the great-granddaughter of Avis Cannon Johnson, granddaughter of SL Johnson and daughter of Nathan Johnson, all of whom are Osage tribal members.

To watch the YouTube video of Ava Johnson performing at the Good Morning America studios, visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3c4IndAEiUM&feature=youtu.be

 


By

Shannon Shaw Duty


Original Publish Date: 2018-01-19 00:00:00

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Shannon Shaw Duty is the editor of the Osage News. She is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma with a bachelor's degree in Journalism and a master's degree in Legal Studies, Indigenous Peoples Law from the OU College of Law. She served on the Board of Directors for the Native American Journalists Association (NAJA) from 2013-2016 and served as a board member and Chairwoman for the Pawhuska Johnson O’Malley Parent Committee from 2017-2020. She is a Chips Quinn Scholar, a former instructor for the Freedom Forum’s Native American Journalism Career Conference and the Freedom Forum’s American Indian Journalism Institute. She is a former reporter for The Santa Fe New Mexican. She is a 2012 recipient of the Native American 40 Under 40 from the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development (NCAIED). In 2014 she helped lead the Osage News to receive the Elias Boudinot Free Press Award, NAJA’s highest honor. An Osage tribal member, she and her family are from the Grayhorse District. She currently resides in Pawhuska, Okla., with her husband and six children.
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