Cherilyn Johnston - Solo Artist
Cherilyn Johnston is a singer/songwriter, arranger, and worship leader. She has presented the Good News in many styles, but her recent recording, “Out of Darkness”, is a country, western swing project, presenting favorite hymns and original songs in a joyful and refreshing sound. This recording has recently won her the induction into the 2023 Western Swing Hall of Fame for the Southwest. In 2019 Cherilyn was nominated by the Texas Country Music Association for "Christian Single of the Year" and "Christian Songwriter of the Year." In 2018 she was nominated by the Academy of Western Music Association for "Western Swing Female" and "Western Swing Album of the Year".
Cherilyn was born in Palestine, Texas, but grew up in West Columbia, Texas, a very small town just south of Houston. Music was very important to Cherilyn’s family since her mom played and taught piano, and her dad played guitar, bass, and sang in country and western bands. Cherilyn started early in music, playing ukulele, guitar, and started playing bass guitar in church by age 13.
The summer of 1970 became busy when a youth revival was scheduled at her church for a week, but ended up lasting for 3 months. A youth band, Traveling Light, was formed and began playing at other churches in other towns every weekend, accompanied by their pastor, B.B. Hankins, and youth leaders. This impacted Cherilyn and she decided to go to Southwestern Assemblies of God College and major in Church Music, where she graduated with a BS degree in Sacred Music.
After serving several years in churches, Cherilyn began singing professionally and traveling with music groups playing keyboards, guitar, and bass guitar. She enjoyed playing and singing many styles including Contemporary Christian, Black Gospel, Classic Rock, Pop, and Country.
The past 16 years Cherilyn has served as the Band Leader at the Lone Star Cowboy Church of Ellis County, Red Oak, Texas, which caused her to return to her roots, performing country and western music. Cherilyn has mentored other singers and musicians, and believes it is part of God’s calling for her life. Cherilyn sings at churches, retreats, outdoor events, and conferences.