Heaven's Mountain Band Bio 2015
Heaven's Mountain Band was formed in February 1986. Having sung at church revivals and gospel meetings, Roger and Deborah Johnson were asked to sing at a local benefit singing, they left that night with requests to sing at other places. Heaven’s Mountain was born. Soon after, they recorded their first major release with The Eddie Crook Company in Nashville, Tennessee. Their first chart song was, "I Feel the Later Rain Coming Down." The next project, "When Children Cry," garnered another Singing News chart hit for them.
Heaven's Mountain Band's primary goal has always been that the lost would be saved and hurting hearts would be lifted up. The smiles and the tears observed when they sing is evidence that people are being blessed and affirms that they are doing what God has called them to do. Heaven's Mountain Band always wants to be anointed by God, and they count it a blessing that God has allowed them to be in His service.
Over the last few years, Heaven’s Mountain Band has established themselves as one og Bluegrass Gospel’s top groups. They have garnered four consecutive Singing News #1 songs, multiple Singing New Fan Award Nominations and have been featured in many prestigious venues like Shadow Valley, Hominy Valley, and Dollywood.
With the release of their newest project, This Old House Of Mine, the Alabama based group shows no sign of slowing down.
Roger was saved at the age of 13. The Lord called Roger to preach at the age of 15. Roger states, "I thank God for a praying mama, my wife and family, and for those old 'Men of God' who took a stand for Jesus and the old time way....all the way." Roger sings lead and plays rhythm guitar and banjo. He is a prolific songwriter and has written many chart songs for Heaven's Mountain Band as well as other artists. Roger's goal is to brag on Jesus, lift Him up, and help someone along the way.
Deborah grew up in East Tennessee with godly parents and eight siblings. She began singing at an early age. Deborah and Roger married very young in life. She's thankful for her Christian family. Deborah believes her greatest accomplishment is that she's "born again." Deborah states, "My goal is to see souls saved and make Heaven my Home." Deborah occasionally plays rhythm guitar for the group.
Rodney, son of Roger and Deborah Johnson, grew up around church and gospel music from his early childhood. Rodney started playing the bass for Heaven's Mountain Band in the early 1990s. After the group took a break from traveling, they restructured in 2011, with Rodney returning as the lead guitarist. He is married to Stacy Johnson, and they have four children - Gavin, Tori, Seth, and Ashton. All of his children are interested in music and are currently learning how to play various instruments.
Murlin Johnson (aka "Brother")
Murlin plays mandolin for the band. He also plays some guitar, sings a little bass, and does anything else needed to get the job done. Murlin states, "I'm just proud to be a part of what God is doing. I'm proud to be a part of Heaven's Mountain Band, with people that love to see the power of God at work! I thank God for my wife, Rhonda, my children, and my grandchildren who support me and encourage me in the work of the Lord. GOD is an AWESOME GOD!"
Anita "Shorty" Davis
Anita has been singing and playing gospel music all of her life. Her mother was, and always will be, her greatest inspiration here on earth. She feels strongly that God gave her the opportunity to become a part of Heaven's Mountain Band in the winter of 2011. She sings and plays upright bass. Anita states, "I just want to do what God has for me to do, in the way He would have me do it, and help somebody along the way."
Christy considers it an honor to travel with Heaven's Mountain Band, to serve the Lord, and serve everyone they come in contact with. She feels strongly that they have met folks along their travels that undoubtedly the Lord put in their path. Christy states, "This year has been such a blessing. I'm learning more about being committed to the Lord. It's about that precious anointing from God! I'm thankful for grandparents who prayed for me and planted the seed about Jesus. This ole' country girl is blessed!"