10 December 1972
Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan, United States
24 June 2013 (aged 40)
Puff (Born Ewanya in Detroit, Michigan) Johnson (December 10, 1972 – June 24, 2013) is an American singer-songwriter. She emerged on the music scene with the singles "Forever More", and "Over & Over" which appeared on the soundtrack of the film The First Wives Club, the single was a huge smash in Europe and Australia reaching Top 20. She released her first and critically acclaimed album, Miracle, in 1996. She has also collaborated with Bay Area-based R&B group, Something For The People, and with Tupac Shakur on his first Deathrow Records release, All Eyez on Me, his hit single, "Me Against the World", which was featured on the Bad Boys movie soundtrack and his album of the same name.
In 1997 Johnson toured Europe as an opening act for Michael Jackson and 3T. Her debut album was also certified Silver in the UK. Towards the end of the year Miracle reached Top 40 in Holland and the single "Over & Over" hit the Top 20.
To date she has not released any further material and has slipped out of the limelight. However Puff Johnson is listed as co-writer on 3 tracks on the 2005 album 'A Change Is Gonna Come' by US singer Leela James (Track 3 - 'Good Time' along with Gordon Williams, James herself and Kenton Nix, Track 7 'When You Love Somebody' with Gordon and James and Track 13 'Prayer' alongside Chucky Thompson and James).
You can hear audio and see videos of her here: http://www.sonymusic.com/artists/PuffJohnson/
Johnson lived in South Africa since January 2009, following her concert in Johannesburg. She attributed the decision to relocate to South Africa to the friendly and warm people that she met throughout her journey in the country.
Johnson died of cervical cancer on June 24, 2013 at the age of 40.
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