Our Master of Ceremonies

Charity Johnson is a multitalented singer, dancer, twirler and coach with more than 25 years of performing arts training and performance experience. A native of Waycross, Georgia, she trained extensively in Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Baton Twirling and Acrobatics in her hometown.

Charity has 17 years of corporate communications experience working for a variety of brands like Cox Automotive, Chick-fil-A and Coca-Cola, but her true passions are singing, dancing, coaching and mentoring young women.

Performing Arts Background 

Charity began her performing arts career in numerous recitals, talent shows, community events and church functions. Throughout her childhood, she earned various individual and team state, regional and national titles as a vocalist, dancer and twirler.

At age 18, Charity was named Miss Satilla 1996, a Miss Georgia Pageant preliminary of the Miss America Pageant system. She earned the Francis Frazier Non-Finalist Talent Award at the 1996 Miss Georgia Pageant for her vocal rendition of Mariah Carey’s “Hero.” Charity competed in numerous other preliminary pageants while attending the University of Georgia (UGA), and she has emceed and performed at local pageants and talent competitions through the years.

Performance & Coaching Credentials 

Charity earned degrees in Public Relations and Speech Communications from the University of Georgia (1996-2000). While there, she performed as the first African American majorette in the Redcoat Marching Band’s history and served as co-captain her senior year. During basketball season, she performed as an inaugural member of the Dance Dawgs basketball dance team and was named a captain of the team her senior year.

Immediately after college, Charity coached the Georgia Tech basketball dance team for three seasons (2001-2004) and later served as Majorette Coordinator for the Georgia Tech marching band (2007-2009). Most recently, Charity was the dance team coach of the Georgia State University (GSU) Pantherettes Dance Team (2012-2015). She continues to choreograph for various dance and cheer teams in metro Atlanta upon request.

In 2015, Charity founded the Level Up Dance Ensemble Director at the City of Refuge, a non-profit organization dedicated to the revitalization of the under-served Vine City community in the heart of downtown Atlanta. She has supported the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) Cheerleading ministry in a variety of roles since 2010, and currently serves as a National Advisory Board member.

Vocalist Experience 

Charity performed the Star Spangled Banner at several Georgia Force arena football games as well as Kennesaw State University basketball games. She has also performed as a lead vocalist with a few bands through the years and has worked with various local producers on demo tracks, singing both lead and background vocals. She is currently working on a Contemporary Gospel compilation of original material in partnership with a local producer and songwriter.