I’m 15 year old Cheyenne Johnson. Ever since the age of six, music has been a passion of mine. I long to be in front of a crowd singing my favorite song that I wrote. The idea of showing the world new ideas and feelings is so incredible.
Music started to really take it’s place at age 11. That is when I learned to play guitar and write my own songs. My dad is the one who taught me guitar, and I read books to learn songwriting. I would even spent some days in my bedroom studying this subject. I learned so much that year.
I think the year between ages 12 and 13 was the year I have progressed the most. That was the year of seventh grade, when I performed a song for my Language Arts teacher. He liked the song except when I think about it now, I feel a bit embarassed. Recently I read through my old lyric book for that year, and thought it was written when I was nine. I checked the cover to find that it was seventh grade. I compared one of those songs to one I wrote this year. I found this incredibly remarkable.
During my eighth grade year I got so many opportunities to perform and show other people my passion. I got to play songs for my school, guitar teacher and the community I live in through a program called "Night of the Arts." I performed three times that night. I also showed my language arts teacher the lyrics I write about every week. I was fantastically enthused to hear that she enjoys reading them. I truly love to make people happy.
This year at eighth grade celebration I won five awards. They were for: Math, Language Arts, Physical Education, Choir, and for my academic grades. It was miraculous to receive them because I love doing great in school. It also gives me new inspiration for my writing.
Nowadays when I have something to write about, inspiration strikes again. I love the fact that songs are technically a self conversation (unless it’s a duet). According to my family I "talk a lot". They can't say that if I sing my words.
Songwriting isn't exactly to benefit myself, but also to help and inspire other people. That's one great thing that brings me so much enthusiasm. It's so much joy when I can use my own inspiration and give it to someone else to use too.
My motto is “never give up”. That came from personal experience myself. People thought that my “dream” was childish or immature. I never bothered to care about what they think. I want people to know that anything they set their mind to is possible. Well, almost anything. Riding unicorns is a little on the fantasy side. Being a singer/ songwriter is difficult, but not impossible. Don‘t focus on what could go wrong, but just believe in yourself and follow your dreams.