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Life & Work with Smiley Johnson of Laurel

Today we’d like to introduce you to Smiley Johnson.

Alright, thank you for sharing your story and insight with our readers. To kick things off, can you tell us how you got started?
As a huge music lover, I wanted to create something that was near and dear to my heart which is music! I know quite a few independent artists with great music and loyal fans, but there are millions of other unsigned artists who are creating dope music that the masses may not ever hear; however, these artists continue to use their musical gifts, sharing it with the world often withted resources. The Smiley J Artist Zone (TSJAZ) is a cool space dedicated to independent music creators where artists can share their music with a worldwide audience while also expanding their fanbase. I do not consider that I am interviewing artists; I am simply having a cool, relaxed conversation where we discuss everything from music to their favorite vacation destination.

The Smiley J Artist Zone podcast is available on all major music streaming platforms and is also listed in most podcast directories. All show episodes are archived, so listeners can go back and catch up on missed episodes. I appreciate all of my dedicated listeners and welcome new listeners to journey with me as I continue to build my brand.  Be sure to checkout TJAZ on Thursdays at 7 PM ET.  You never know who will be next in the Artist Zone it just may be you!  My motto is: Remember to listen to good music. Your ears will thank you for it!

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey has been fairly smooth?
I had the concept of the podcast all figured out, but like anything new, there are obstacles, and as a new Podcaster, I had to figure out a lot of things like; equipment, how to build an audience, editing, and monetization, all of which I have honestly yet to master.  I am a dedicated student of life, always learning, always growing! One thing for sure is that I am good at being my authentic self everything else will fall into place.

Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
I am very passionate about music and believe this platform is one of my life purposes. It is both meaningful and fulfilling for me.

Are there any important lessons you’ve learned that you can share with us?
Always trust the process every life lesson brings you one step closer to fulfilling your goals, dreams, and your purpose in life.


  • I am accepting donations to help support my platform.

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Fond memories Photography

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