One of the most professional and pleasant experiences of my working life was with Peggy Still Johnson as my piano teacher. Hired by Paramount Pictures, Peggy numbered my fingers and taught me how to play piano and prepared me for my role in the blockbuster hit "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button"…It worked and we are still friends today.
— Edith Ivey
Ghost Brothers of Darkland County: Written by Stephen King, Music by John Mellencamp, Musical Direction by T Bone Burnett
Peggy, as an old timer, I know what’s what. I meant every word of it. And, I know that Andy feels the same way. You are one of the most marvelously talented people I have ever met. The honor is all mine.
(Dave Roe – Bass player for Ghost Brothers of Darkland County, Nashville session bass player who works with John Mellencamp and toured many years with Johnny Cash and others)
Just wanted to say THANK YOU for all of your kind words and detailed work on this show. You always have such good energy and it is a gift to be around. Hope our paths cross again in the future and know that I am wishing for you all possible good things!
(Emily Skinner – Lead for Ghost Brothers of Darkland County, Tony Nominated actress, has been in Broadway productions of Billy Elliott, Jekyll and Hyde, Side Show and more)
Thank you for everything. And you are so much more than my assistant. You are a force of nature!
(Andy York – Music Supervisor and music arranger for Ghost Brothers of Darkland County and guitarist/band leader of John Mellencamp’s Band)
Peggy – What a great find! Many thanks for all your work on this and all your patience amidst the storms.
(Susan Booth – Artistic Director for the Alliance Theater and Director for Ghost Brothers of Darkland County)
I have grown up in the music industry since the late eighties which has provided me endless experiences with professionals within the field. Can count on one hand the individuals that have caught my enduring attention because of their talent, work ethic and commitment to excellence. Peggy is one of those rare individuals. She has worked closely with artists that I produce and manage. She has the innate ability to tap into the artist’s psyche and bring out the very best in them. If you are seeking to optimize, elevate and push yourself beyond your perceived limits, Peggy needs to become part of your team.
Nico Constantine (music director for Lady Gaga and currently of the Starbenders, guitarist, writer, producer, manager)
You have made a great impact on our lives. You’re the very best thing that has ever happened to us! Your belief in Christina is beautiful. You are more than just a friend, but a great part of our family. I thank God he chose you to guide us in the right direction…Simply we truly trust and love you with all our heart. You’ve done a great job!
Yolanda Chavez – Mother of Christina Quinones
Thank you for all your help, it was invaluable. It was great working with you and Madison Studios.
Justin Guarini – American Idol star, Singer, Songwriter, Recording Artist, Actor, Film and Broadway star
After one session with Peggy Johnson, I feel like a whole new world of singing has opened up for me! In less than an hour, Peggy taught me how to protect my voice with warm-up and cool-down routines, how to expand my vocal range with a series of vocal exercises, and how to increase my endurance with better breath support technique. Peggy is an incredible vocal coach and I can hardly wait to see what she’ll teach me at our next session.
Rebecca Lovell – Larkin Poe
I am thoroughly amazed at the difference that even one vocal lesson with Peggy Johnson can make! After my first lesson with Peggy I was already approaching singing in a new way. She listened to my voice and was able to quickly – and accurately! – pinpoint my problems and give me simple methods to overcome them. I also learned effective warm-up routines and exercises to strengthen my voice. Most of all, she was warm and welcoming; I never felt nervous or embarrassed! Thank you Peggy!
Megan Lovell – Larkin Poe
Peggy is such a warm soul that puts you at ease always. Her very presence creates the perfect environment for learning. She helped me identify my strengths and amplify them which in turn gave me the confidence I needed. Peggy has been an integral part of my musical journey and I consider her my true ally and friend.
Kimi Shelter of the Starbenders
Training with Peggy really helped me find my true voice and enhanced my ability to sing harmonies. I wouldn’t be where I am today without her guidance and vocal expertise. She’s an incredible teacher and an absolute pleasure to work with! Thank you for all that you do, Peggy Johnson!
Kriss Tokaji of the Starbenders
Peggy is a top-notch musician and vocal coach. In just one session there was quite a noticeable improvement to my voice! She gave me the proper tools and practice techniques to help with vocal wear, breath control, range and phrasing! She is extremely patient and knows how to teach professionals needing to keep a healthy voice a midst our hectic schedules!
Thank you Peggy!
Joe Gransden – Jazz Artist (Trumpet and Vocals)
Thank you Peggy for helping me. It was so much easier tracking vocals on my new record. My pitch was so much better and everything sounds natural in and in tune. Thank you so much.
Tuk Smith – Solo Artist former lead singer of The Biters
We have seen a big difference in our live performances ever since working with Peggy. She has provided us with great exercises that improve our harmonies and the overall strength of our vocals. We are very grateful for Peggy’s coaching.
Jack Shaw, Mike Shaw, Jacob Morell -
Peggy is so cool! Every time we meet online on Skype for coaching she shows me something new and amazing to improve my vocals… she is so electric and full of energy…while I’m over in London in England learning from her, it’s like she’s actually here with me…her presence fills the room! Time with Peggy is always something to look forward to, one minute I’m in school, next minute I’m with Peggy, I wish you were teaching me all day. You are an inspiration.
We love you Peggy,
Joelle - International Artist - London
I have known Peggy for many years and appreciate her professionalism so much. It is rare to find her magic combination of skills, determination and enthusiasm all in one place. She came to Callanwolde from a for profit organization and has used her profound abilities to take a sleepy 30+-year-old organization and turn them into a more viable forward thinking entity. Working with a strong board, she has built an incredible team that is innovative and motivated. I can honestly say she and Callanwolde are among my favorite clients/colleagues and friends.
In 2017, Peggy and I had the opportunity to present “Developing a Capital Campaign for Construction” with our colleague, Diana Duncan, at the Building Museums Symposium in Washington DC. It was so gratifying to be able to share our story of building a development program from the ground up. Peggy hired a development officer, created an effective annual fundraising program and completed a successful $2.1 million capital campaign. Callanwolde now has new programs in music and recording and horticulture and is poised for future successes.
Peggy is not just a talented Executive Director, she is an effective speaker and presenter. It has been a pleasure to work with Peggy in multiple capacities and I can’t wait to see what is next for her and Callanwolde.
Linda Wise McNay, Ph.D.
Our Fundraising Search
It is a pleasure for me to share my strongest recommendation for Peggy Still Johnson a seasoned executive committed to excellence in the execution of her work and personal passions. I have known and worked with Ms. Peggy Still Johnson for several years. She is a high-energy, creative, and strategic leader who inspires those around her. I was fortunate to meet Peggy during her program year at Leadership Atlanta. Peggy was engaging, thoughtful and a leader among her peers. As alumni, we developed a strong personal and professional relationship. She is adept at maintaining her professional composure, not taking sides, and building strong relationships with all stakeholders. In 2020, I had the pleasure of working with Peggy as a consultant who helped us rebuild our grants management and individual donor outreach. In a short time, she integrated process improvements, streamlined our systems, and identified several new sources that increased our opportunities to apply for grants. She developed a comprehensive strategy for donor outreach and worked with me to develop a framework for the organization’s fundraising activities. We were pleased to offer her a full-time leadership role in 2021 and she was instrumental in supporting short and long-term initiatives that resulted in record-breaking grant revenue and individual contributions during the pandemic! We appreciated Peggy’s passion for our mission and steadfast commitment to supporting families and our community with her talent. It has been a pleasure to work with Peggy and we are grateful for her contributions to our team.
Lisa Y. Gordon, CPA
Former CEO - Atlanta Habitat for Humanity
Chief Operating Officer - City of Atlanta
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