My Story

Gospel Recording Artist, Songwriter, Entrepreneur
 
Hailing from Saint Paul, Minnesota, recording artist, songwriter and entrepreneur, YaLonda Lolar-Johnson has a voice to be reckoned with.  From a young age, this Twin Cities native has been using her anointed voice to inspire and encourage the world. 
 
YaLonda was born and reared in Saint Paul, Minnesota.  Her love for music and her musical gift emerged from a long lineage of musical giftedness. YaLonda’s maternal great grandmother and great aunts along with her paternal grandmother sang in musical groups throughout her childhood. YaLonda sang her first solo in church at the age of eight and knew by the ago of 12 she wanted a career in the music industry.  She attributes some of her inspiration to her home church, Glendale SDA Church, where she had the privilege of hearing powerful singing groups like The Remnants, The Demps & Taylor Families, Ngozi, songwriter and composer, Louis Boney and the Glendale Church Choir which was under the direction of YaLonda’s earliest voice teacher, Cloie Logan. YaLonda’s childhood dream was to sing like the late Whitney Houston at Carnegie Hall.  Her favorite musical genre is gospel.  A few of her favorite songs are “Pray” by Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir,  “Destiny is Waiting” by Deon Kipping and “New Life” by John P. Kee. 
 
After studying history at Oakwood University in Huntsville, Alabama, YaLonda returned to Saint Paul where she would marry her college sweetheart and have two beautiful children.  She worked in sales operations for a large telecommunications company and continues in that capacity in her spare time.  As a wife and the mother of two (ages 11 and 19), YaLonda considers it an honor to have been gifted with an anointing over her voice.  She is dedicated to singing and writing music for God’s glory and looks forward to the day when she is positioned to engage in full time music ministry.
 
YaLonda began singing professionally over ten years ago under the tutelage and direction of James Grear and the Minneapolis based Nu Friends Community Choir.  The experience changed her life forever by nurturing her confidence and developing her skill as a gospel singer igniting an undying flame of purpose inside her to continue to push toward what she has always known is her life’s purpose. 
 
YaLonda attributes her start in the music industry to gospel music industry broadcasting professional, Kevin James at CJB Radio, Henry Harris, founder of the ECMA, Andre Harris at Synergy Radio, Let’s Talk About Gospel, and Coffee Talk Jazz Radio. 
 
YaLonda’s musical inspiration was ignited by gospel greats like The Winans, Smokie Norful, Hezekiah Walker, Yolanda Adams, Commissioned, and John P. Kee.  She looks forward to one day being blessed with an opportunity to sing with her favorite gospel singers.  YaLonda is a true worshiper.  She is inspired to sing worship songs that move the soul to repentance.   “Anyone can sing,” says YaLonda.  “But not everyone has God’s anointing.”  She says music brings her joy and she will always treat her voice as if it’s God’s voice and not her own.  She understands her anointing is a gift and offers the gift back to God, knowing lives will be changed under the sound of her voice.  YaLonda knows this can only become a reality if God takes full control as He speaks through her in song. 
 
YaLonda’s music is geared toward Christian listeners between the ages of 35 and 45.  She recently released a single entitled “I Shall Wear a Crown” and is currently working on recording her debut album.  She gets shows through word of mouth and through her website, Thysongbird.com.  For bookings, please email BookingThysongbird@gmail.com.  YaLonda performs at churches, Christian conferences, gospel theater circuits, and community events. 
 
In addition to singing, songwriting and engaging with her fans on social media, YaLonda loves to cook, study genealogy and spend time with family and friends.  She is passionate about natural hair for black women and regularly posts her own natural hair adventures on YouTube as well as on other social media outlets.  YaLonda is a member of the Alliance of Black Telecommunications Professionals (ABTP) and gives back to her community by providing food and other items of necessity to the disadvantaged.  YaLonda’s favorite quote is “Let your faith be bigger than your fear.”  Above all, YaLonda wants to be known as God’s anointed songbird whose music changes lives and inspires others toward a closer walk with God
 
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Maranatha Jesus is coming!!!!