20 Oct Zonya Love Johnson
Vision and Purpose
Zonya Love hails from Durham, North Carolina. She received her B.F.A. in Theatre from North Carolina A&T State University and an M.F.A. from The University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Six months after receiving her M.F.A. Zonya landed the lead role following Fantasia Barrino in the Oprah Winfrey produced musical ‘The Color Purple’. Zonya also traveled the continent in the first national tour of the Tony Award Winning Musical ‘Avenue Q’.
She has performed on stages in Lyon, Liverpool, Scotland, St. Martin Island, and Toronto. Some of Zonya’s favorite credits include playing Bessie Smith in ‘The Devil’s Music, ‘ UP HERE’, ‘Hair Spray’, ‘You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown’, ‘Blues in the Night’, ‘The Wiz’, ‘Kiss Me Kate’, ‘Show Boat’, Intimate Appare’l, and ‘Twelfth Night’. Other highlights in Zonya’s career include singing at the famed Carnegie Hall, as well singing with The Broadway Inspirational Voices (BIV). Singing with BIV has afforded Zonya many wonderful opportunities.
She has recorded with the band The Yeah Yeah Yeahs, performed in Mariah Carey’s Christmas Concert at the Beacon Theater in 2014, sang back ground vocals for TV shows America’s Got Talent, Smash and The David Letterman Show as well as recording BIV’s second album Great Joy II.
Zonya has volunteered for several organizations including The Ronald Mc Donald House and Broadway’s Equity Fights AIDS and most recently Sing For Hope. She’s taught various workshops and theatre classes and continues to pursue her passion, Performing.
Zonya is blessed and forever grateful for the journey and strives to live every day to the fullest. She thanks God for his unconditional, unfailing, everlasting Love and favor as spoken in Romans 8.
I have had the honor and the pleasure of seeing Zonya perform in Kiss Me, Kate and The Devli’s Music. She is indeed a treasure to behold!