Ewanya Johnson (December 10, 1972 – June 24, 2013), (Aged 40) better known as Puff Johnson, was an American singer-songwriter. Born in Detroit, she emerged on the music scene with the singles "Forever More", (produced by Narada Michael Walden and written by Walden, Puff Johnson and S.J. Dakota) which achieved its biggest success in New Zealand where it reached number 5, and "Over & Over" which appeared on the soundtrack of the film The First Wives Club, the single 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 of American Idol fame. She has also collaborated with the Bay Area based R&B group, Somethin' for the People; and with Tupac Shakur on his hit single, "Me Against the World", which was featured on the Bad Boys movie soundtrack and his 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.
She did not release any further material and slipped out of the limelight. However, Johnson was listed as co-writer on three tracks on the 2005 album A Change Is Gonna Come by U.S. singer Leela James (track 3 - "Good Time" along with Gordon Williams, James herself and Kenton Nix, track 7 "When You Love Somebody" with Gordon and James and track 13 "Prayer" alongside Chucky Thompson and James).
Johnson lived in South Africa since January 2009, following her concert in Johannesburg. She attributed the decision to relocate to South Africa to the friendly and warm people that she met throughout her journey in the country.
Johnson died of cervical cancer on June 24, 2013 at the age of 40.
- Released: May 28, 1996
- Label: WORK Group
- Chart Peak: US R&B #61, Heatseekers #34
- RIAA Certification: N/A (1 million worldwide)
- Singles: "Forever More", "All Over Your Face", "Over & Over"
|Year||Title||Album||US Pop||US R&B||UK Singles Chart||Australia||Netherlands|
|1996||"All over Your Face"||Miracle||-||57||-||-||-|
|1997||"Over and Over"||The First Wives Club||118||114||20||29||20|
- "Puff Johnson succumbs to a battle with cervical cancer". Sowetan LIVE. 1972-12-10. Retrieved 2013-06-25.
- Roberts, David (2003). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 287. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.