UB Pays Tribute: Puff Johnson | 1972 – 2013


puffjohnson2Singer and Songwriter [mark]Puff Johnson[/mark] (born Ewanya Johnson) in Detroit, Michigan emerged on the music scene with the singles “Forever More“, and “Over & Over.” Both appeared on the soundtrack of the film The First Wives Club. “Forever More” was a hit in Europe and Australia reaching the Top 20 in both continents. She released her first and critically acclaimed album “Miracle” in 1996. The album was produced by Randy Jackson formally of American Idol.

Puff Johnson also also collaborated with the Bay Area based R&B group Somethin’ For The People and with the late Tupac Shakur on the single “Me Against the World“, which was featured on the Bad Boys movie soundtrack and Tupac‘s 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 the Netherlands and the single “Over & Over” hit the Top 20.

Johnson was currently in studio recording songs for her second album which she has said “will be pretty much like the first one, full of great ballads“. The official release date was never announced before her death.

puffjohnson3Before moving to South Africa in 2008, she was diagnosed with cervical cancer.

While living there she was responding to treatment. Two years after living in South Africa, the cancer returned. When she was no longer responding to treatment, she regretfully had to leave South Africa, the place she called home for three years and to her family and friends in the states. Dealing with this illness, her spirits and beliefs were strong.

Puff Johnson passed away June 24th, 2013 of cervical cancer.

UrbanBridgez.com would like to send our sincerest condolences to the fans, family and friends of Puff Johnson!


Celebrities Sent Condolences to Puff Johnson via Twitter.

My friend Puff Johnson passed away today. I can’t believe it. This hurts my heart. She sang in my wedding… RIP Puff – SHANICE

May you rest in the arms of God ~ Puff Johnson – STACEY DASH

Today I learned that a fellow musician & colleague Puff Johnson took wings after battling a terminal illness. And me think about all stupid, selfish, & disrespectful behavior I’ve witnessed this past year & it pissed me off. #Lifeisshortandprecious So instead of ranting, I prayed & gave thanks. My entire entryway is painted fabulously! LOL! #MyTherapy – MONIFAH

RIP, Puff Johnson. You and your voice will be missed. – MERVYN WARREN

Just saw a report that Puff Johnson has passed away. We started our solo careers at Columbia Records. Praying for her mom and family. – KENNY LATTIMORE

Yesterday a beautiful gem was called home. A wonderful person and a true music talent…Voice of an angel. Rest In Peace.. Puff Johnson… – TERRY DEXTER


  1. its sad for as dj i played her music on my shows all the time. r.i.p puff yo music will always on my playlist for as long as i am a dj

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