Kevin Phillip Johnson is an Associate Professor of Music at Spelman College. Dr. Johnson received his degrees from California State University, Los Angeles (B.A. M.A.) and the University of Missouri, Kansas City (D.M.A.). He is a renowned musician, conductor and composer in demand both nationally and internationally. Currently he is serving as the Minister of Music at The Catholic Church of St. Gabriel in Fayetteville, Georgia.
His works have resulted in performances for church and school choruses, all-state choral festivals, Catholic Archdioceses nationwide, as well as international performances with the Spelman College Glee Club.
Dr. Johnson is an active composer, frequently writing for Catholic worship. He provides an extensive catalog including seven mass settings, more than 300 psalm settings and many sacred songs. In 2013, he completed his second compact disc recording for Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Atlanta entitled, “Reap a Harvest in Due Season: A Treasury of African American Catholic Music.” This work includes nine of his compositions and other favorite songs of the church.
Under his direction, the Spelman Glee Club has recorded six compact disc recordings and more than 20 recordings of the Spelman-Morehouse Christmas Carol concert, which celebrated its 95th anniversary in December, 2021.
As a professional composer, Dr. Johnson has been commissioned to compose several works, most recently including “Lift Every Voice and Sing Trilogy”, “Spirituals”, two multi movement works for chorus and orchestra, several commissioned works with Spelman College including the popular settings, "A Choice to Change the World", "We Are Christmas”, and many mass settings for Catholic worship including, "The Mass of Faith", “The Preacher’s Mass” , “The Mass of St. Benedict the African” and many others.
Dr. Johnson has been published with Colla Voce, GIA Publications and Treble Clef Press. He continues to publish much of his music through his own publishing company, lionandlambpublishing.com. In 2022 he joined the Carl Fisher Publishing family with his own Kevin Phillip Johnson – Soulful Singing Choral Series. https://lionandlambpublishing.com/