Lia Marie Johnson

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Lia Marie Johnson
Lia Marie Johnson
Johnson at the 2014 VidCon at the Anaheim Convention Center
Born (1996-11-23) November 23, 1996 (age 21)[1]
Wahiawa, Hawaii, U.S.
ResidenceLos Angeles, California, U.S.
OccupationSinger, songwriter, actress, YouTube personality
Years active2007–present
Known forMyMusic, YouTubers React, Teens React, Kids React, Expelled,
Terry the Tomboy, The Thinning

Lia Marie Johnson (born November 23, 1996) is an American singer, songwriter, actress and Internet personality notable for appearing in various web series, including the Emmy-winning web series Kids React created by the Fine Brothers, and for her own vlogging and social media output. She is known for her starring role in the Nickelodeon movie Terry the Tomboy and for recurring roles in AwesomenessTV's Side Effects TV Series and My Music.[2] In 2012 her personal YouTube channel, "Lia Marie Johnson", was reported to have received 16 million views.[3] As of 2017, Lia's YouTube channel is reported to have surpassed 117 million views and currently maintains over 1.7 million subscribers, while her Instagram account was followed by 1.5 million followers. In a 2014 Adweek profile she was referred to as one of "10 of the biggest young stars on YouTube".[4] In 2015 she was named one of the Top 100 YouTubers in the world.[5][6]

Early and personal life[edit]

Johnson was born in Wahiawa, Hawaii. Her family eventually settled in California.[3] In 2012, in a combined episode of Teens React and Elders React about the 2012 United States presidential election, Johnson stated that she is a Democrat.[7]


Johnson's YouTube account was created on December 17, 2007, with early videos uploaded by her mother which featured her performances at talent shows,[8] and church recitals.[4] After two years, Johnson began to control the output of the channel, creating content that has come to include personal commentary, sketch comedy, and musical performances.[8] In 2010, Johnson began to work with the Fine Brothers as a recurring guest on their Kids React series.[3] This exposure increased the traffic to her own channel and became an early source of her online fame. In the aftermath of the initial series episodes, she was surprised by the phenomenon of strangers knowing her and approaching her as fans, and remarked "I think Kids React was my very first viral video, 'cus everyone knew my name after that."[8]

In 2011, Johnson was added to the recurring cast of the spin-off series Teens React, and in 2014 was moved again to the newly established YouTubers React, which featured herself and various well known YouTube personalities. In 2014, Johnson appeared at the Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards,[9] and starred in Terry the Tomboy: The Movie, a spin-off film based on the eponymous character she portrays on the Nickelodeon sketch comedy series, AwesomenessTV.[10] In 2015 she covered the single "Latch" by Disclosure, singing with Alejandro Luis Manzano of Boyce Avenue, and released it on YouTube. The song was originally performed by singer Sam Smith. Johnson has also been featured on the covers of Adweek and BYou Magazine.[4][10] On January 9, 2015, Johnson released her first single, "Moment Like You", along with a music video which can be found on her YouTube channel.[11]

Johnson's YouTube career slowed during 2016, during which time she did not post a video for over seven months. She finally uploaded a video on September 28 explaining to her fans that she had signed to Capitol Records, and was continuing to work on the music album she had been recording for the previous two years.[12] In October 2016, she released her first single through Capitol Records titled "DNA"[6] which surpassed 8 million Spotify streams.[13] On February 17, 2017 Johnson released her second single "Cold Heart Killer". The music video for the song was released on March 10, 2017.

A year later, Johnson debuted her third single “Champagne” on May 17, 2018.


List of acting performances in film and television
Year Title Role Notes
2008 No Man's Land
2008 When Weather Changed History Granddaughter 1 episode
2009 Shattered Allegiance Danielle Rourke (age 10) Short
2009 I Do and I Don't Kim (age 10) Short
2009 Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! Cheerleader One episode (credited as Lia Johnson)
2009 The Unit Soccer player 1 episode (uncredited)
2009 Collide Little girl Short
2009 Cam Gigandet vs. Twilight Fans Fan #7 Video short
2010 The Ryan and Randi Show Singer Short
2010 Shane Dawson TV Girl watching Degrassi Episode: "Hot Teens Go Wild On Degrassi: Part 2"
2010–2011 Kids React Herself
2010 The Station Bethanny 1 episode
2010 Sidewalk Symphony Female drummer Short
2010–2011 OMGtv!! LIVE Herself 3 episodes
2011 Monster in My Swimming Pool Katie Short
2011–2014 Teens React Herself
2011 The Rehearsal Penny
2012 Nerd Wars! Doris Short
2012 Open Your Eyes Short
2012 It's a Criminal World Segment: "Shattered Allegiance"
2012 Teens Wanna Know Guest 1 episode
2012–2014 Terry the Tomboy Terry
2012 Finding Cody Lilli
2012–2014 MyMusic Rayna 14 episodes
2013 Counterpunch Lia
2013 Spirits Kaelyn Farrow 3 episodes
2013–2014 AwesomenessTV Various
2014 Expelled Katie
2014 Terry the Tomboy Terry Television film (Nickelodeon)
2014 React to That Herself
2014–2015 YouTubers React Herself
2015 Everything Before Us Tiff Wong Fu Productions
2016 The Thinning Ellie Harper YouTube Red Original Movie
2016 American Wrestler: The Wizard Kristi Larson ESX Productions
2016–present T@gged Hailey Jensen
2018 Bayou Caviar Kat 2018 The Thinning: New World Order Ellie Harper YouTube Red Original Movie


As a lead artist[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Album

"Moment Like You" 2015 Non-album single
"DNA" 2016
"Cold Heart Killer" 2017
"The Wave"
(with R3HAB)
2018 33 The Wave
"Champagne" Non-album single

As a featured artist[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Album
"Falling For You"
(Norman Doray & Anevo featuring Lia Marie Johnson)
2016 Non-album single

Music videos[edit]

Year Song Original Artist(s)
2015 Let's Roll Trevor Moran
"Moment Like You" Herself
2016 "Youth" Troye Sivan
"Go Flex" Post Malone
"DNA" Herself
2017 "Cold Heart Killer" Herself

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result Ref
2015 Woodie Awards Social Climber Woodie Herself Nominated [15]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Lia Marie Johnson: Movies, Photos, Videos, News & Biography - eTimes".
  2. ^ "Nickelodeon's Lia Marie Johnson Talks AwesomenessTV". July 29, 2013. Retrieved September 6, 2016.
  3. ^ a b c Gallagher, Michael Aaron (July 12, 2012). "Lia Marie Johnson always wears her sunshine (Exclusive Interview)". Retrieved May 21, 2013.
  4. ^ a b c T.L. Stanley (March 9, 2014). Photography by Karl J. Kaul. "Meet 12 of the Biggest Young Stars on YouTube". Adweek. Prometheus Global Media. LV (10). Retrieved June 7, 2014.
  5. ^ Piccirillo, Angie. "YOUTUBER LIA MARIE JOHNSON WRITES A PERSONAL SONG WITH "DNA"". Galore. Retrieved 2 December 2016.
  6. ^ a b "Lia Marie Johnson "DNA" Available Now". Capitol Records. Retrieved 2 December 2016.
  7. ^ "Teens/Elders React to Election 2012". Retrieved January 13, 2015 – via YouTube.
  8. ^ a b c Lia Marie Johnson (interview participant) (August 22, 2012). YouTube Cutie Lia Marie Johnson Talks Past, Present, & Future (Video podcast). Santa Monica, California: Fanlala, Inc. Retrieved June 7, 2014 – via Youtube.
  9. ^ Oliver, Dana (March 30, 2014). "Kids' Choice Awards 2014: Hollywood's Youngest Stars Do Crop Tops & Cutouts (PHOTOS)". The Huffington Post. Retrieved June 7, 2014.
  10. ^ a b Lia Marie Johnson (interview participant) (May 27, 2014). Lia Marie Johnson Talks About Working with BYOU Magazine (Video podcast). Santa Monica, California: Fanlala, Inc. Retrieved June 7, 2014 – via Youtube.
  11. ^ "Lia Marie Johnson - Moment Like You (Official Music Video)". January 9, 2015. Retrieved September 8, 2015 – via YouTube.
  12. ^ "Lia Marie Johnson announces album]]". Retrieved September 28, 2016 – via Youtube.
  13. ^ Brandle, Lars. "Lia Marie Johnson Interviews President Obama: Exclusive Video". Billboard. Retrieved 2 December 2016.
  14. ^
  15. ^ "The 2015 mtvU Woodies: See The Full Winners List". MTV News.

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