Woman singing near site of fire that claimed her Morristown salon

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Woman singing near site of fire that claimed her Morristown salon

Woman singing near site of fire that claimed her Morristown salon

Woman singing near site of fire that claimed her Morristown salon

This is the 8th in a series of profiles highlighting the finalists of Morristown Onstage, to be held March 1 at the Mayo Performing Arts Center.  

MORRISTOWN – A salon owner will take the Mayo Performing Arts Center stage in March to sing a song she’s dedicating to someone she lost.

“I first sang this song at the funeral of a special friend,” said Keisha Smith-Johnson, a Morristown Onstage finalist. “If I should give credit to anyone, it should be her. This song speaks volumes of her selfless character.”

Smith-Johnson is singing Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You,” and she is excited to share her passion with the audience.

“Singing has been a part of my life since a very young age,” Smith-Johnson said. “It wasn’t unusual in my household growing up to have night listening to albums and using a broom stick as a microphone.”

Smith-Johnson, 43, of Rockaway, said she decided to audition for this year’s show because she said it was time for her voice to be heard.

“Maybe it’s something that happens when you hit 40,” she said. “You just lose all fear and say go for it.”

Smith-Johnson is looking forward to performing so close to where she owned her salon, Shear Bliss, prior to a 2015 fire that destroyed her Pine Street business. She now has a salon in Dover.

“I truly enjoyed having my business in Morristown,” she said. “The beauty of Morristown is the sense of a real community, small yet large in its diverse population. There is so much life and spirit in the town via community activities, theater, dining, night life. As a small business owner, all of this has played a great part in the growth and success of my business.”

Leading up to the competition Smith-Johnson is ready to put in the work.

“I will practice, practice, practice,” Smith-Johnson said, “And promote, promote, promote.”

She has a feeling that effort will pay off come March 1.

“Deep within me I feel I should win because I know I have a talent, I have just been afraid to share it with the world,” Smith-Johnson said. “When I win I will add this money to my children’s college fund.”

Staff Writer Michael Izzo: 973-428-6636; mizzo@GannettNJ.com

Morristown Onstage

What: A show featuring the best amateur talent from Morristown, Morris Township and Morris Plains, presented by and benefiting the Morris Educational Foundation.

When: Wednesday, March 1

Where: Mayo Performing Arts Center, 100 South St. in Morristown.

Tickets: On sale starting Feb. 1. Prices range from $25 to $75. For information, call MPAC at 973-539-8008 or visit www.mayoarts.org.

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