Fast Facts

  • In 1997, she won the John Lennon Songwriting Contest in the rock music category.
  • In 2005, she originated the role of Nettie in the Broadway musical The Color Purple.
  • Received two Daytime Emmy nominations for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series in 2006 and '07, for her role as One Life to Live's Evangeline Williamson.
  • Has performed with Barry White, Patti Austin, Whitney Houston, Al Green, Mariah Carey, Faith Hill and Barry Manilow.


  • 2016, Tony — Actress (Featured Role--Musical): Winner
  • 2015, Grammy — Best Musical Theater Album: Winner


  • Benjamin — Son
  • Ryan — Brother
  • Brielle — Daughter
  • Alexis Johnson — Husband
  • Betty — Mother


  • Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States (BA in Theatre); University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California, United States (MM in Vocal Jazz Performance)


  • Birth Place: San Jose, California, United States
  • Profession: Actor, Singer, Songwriter

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