During a season of depression and transformation, in Summer 2004, Ingrid D. Johnson, pours her heart and soul into her first poetry book, "Little Black Butterfly in Iridescent Sunlight".
Months later, the book is published and launched in Winnipeg on July.13th 2005, immediately reaching #5 on the McNally Robinson bestseller's list, sparking all kinds of press and inspiration for a spoken word CD project and an original song.
The poetry book gives, Johnson, a voice and strong sense of purpose that she had been searching for her whole life. However, as she matures, as an artist, Johnson, decides to take the poetry book out of print, after feeling no longer comfortable with all the contents of her first book.
Inspired by all the positive reactions to her first book of poetry that focused on the impact of her childhood sexual abuse, Ingrid D. Johnson, decides to record a spoken word CD with the support of several Winnipeg, Hip-Hop, producers and talented vocalists. Igniting, Johnson's, new found mission to be "a voice for the voiceless" by continuing to share her journey on surviving and learning to overcome the impact of childhood sexual abuse.
Kicking off her mission with the October 2006 release of," Black Butterfly," the spoken word CD, Johnson, enlists the help of 8 local artists, Hot 103, CBC radio, Bravo! News and CBC National News to promote the event. Resulting in a packed audience and funds raised for KLINIC's sexual assault Program.
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Searching for a band of talented and humble musicians to help her perform her songs at various gigs, Johnson, puts her networking skills to the test and meets her guitarist at a fundraiser.
Enlisting his help to form her band to promote her 2009 album "Wounded Soul", Johnson, begins her singer-songwriter journey on stage at the launch of her small production company, In The Closet Productions.