Ladies That Rock: Staff Sgt. Angie Johnson

Staff Sergeant Angie Johnson is somewhere in the Middle East right now, but that didn’t stop her (and “Sidewinder,” the 571st Air Force Band, 131 Bomb Wing) from throwing down this amazing cover of Adele’s ‘Rolling In the Deep’ that has the internet buzzing about the incredible talent coming from this badass set of pipes in camo gear.

It was a different air force that rocketed this buoyant rendition into the earholes of pop culture after someone posted it on YouTube, I found it via my pal Kat Arnett and already it’s reached as far as Mark Burnett and Carson Daly‘s office, both of whom have expressed interest in getting her an audition for a future season of their reality competition The Voice. There also may be appearances on GMA and Ellen in the near future.

Sudden notoriety notwithstanding, it’s clearly not about taking the easy road to fame for Staff Sgt. Johnson (found here on Facebook, MySpace and Twitter), who is a military intelligence analyst as well as being a wife (to husband Bobby) and full-time student in Nashville and says she serves in the Air National Guard because “I love the military and I’m tough.” But we’d argue she’s tender, too, with a soft spot for her dogs, a Jack Russell named Banjo and a dalmatian she rescued named – most appropriately for this site – Zoe.

As for what the future holds? In her own words on FB: “following my dreams as a singer/songwriter. If that doesn’t work out, maybe I’ll be a child psychologist. Dr. Johnson sounds nice. Or maybe I’ll just be a mom. Mommy sounds pretty awesome too :)”

“Pretty awesome” is what we all think you are, Staff Sergeant Johnson.

Video by AreYouSurprised on YouTube. Photo via Facebook

  • Jodi Styner

    I’ve watched this video like 10 times in the last two days and have told complete strangers they have to see it. I mean, holy s$@t balls, this lady’s got mad skills. If she doesn’t get a record deal, the music industry will be dead to me.

  • Ana Marie

    Wow. Amazing!

  • Heather Watson

    Intelligent, capable, compassionate, ambitious, dedicated, brave and fun-loving… this lady has it all going for her, and it was a pleasure to do this research and pay this tribute. Not to mention she’s crazy-talented!
    I might be Canadian, but my dad and grandad both served (Signal Corps), and I sure appreciate the sacrifices these – and (pardon the pun) other unsung heroes – are making every day. So to them, thanks for all you do, and thanks as well to all those close to you that make their own sacrifices so that you can keep doing it.

  • Jennifer Hill

    She should be everyone’s hero. Thank you for sharing this amazing find!

    • Heather Watson

      So welcome, sis! I’ve been a bit busy with my other job, so I haven’t posted here as often as I’d like to, but I had to share this amazingness with my Hello Giggles fams!

  • Mandy McDonald

    I’m super stoked there was an egg shaker.

    • Heather Watson

      He had good form, too! I’m sad I couldn’t get everyone’s name in time to list them all here, but I provided a link up there so everyone can go “like” Sidewinder on FB.

  • Bethany Turner

    Gotta love that rhythm section! Egg shaker…

  • Ruthie Trovato

    i’m sitting here crying. that was great.

    • Heather Watson

      Happy tears, I hope!

  • Sarah Welsch

    this girl went to my high school! We were in the same group of friends in high school in st.louis. She was two grades older than me. She is pretty amazing!

    • Heather Watson

      How fun to be able to say you’re friends with a future star… because you know this lady is going places!

  • Aims Yaj

    I kept seeing this posted on my wall from other friends of mine and didn’t really have the chance to watch it until now (on this website). And I’m in love. Adele has a one of a kind voice, especially with those vocals, and for someone else to be able to reach those notes/pitches…WOWZER!!! Props to Staff Sergeant Johnson.

    • Heather Watson

      So glad you’re in the loop now. Can’t wait to see what Staff Sgt. Johnson does next!

  • Connie Merrill Schachel

    Angie and the band will be on the Ellen DeGeneres Show tomorrow – September 13th. They taped today at Warner Brothers Studio. Angie said that Ellen and her entire staff were wonderful! Best of luck to her and the entire group in the future.

  • Angie Johnson

    Heather, thank you so much for writing this. This is by far my fave article of all that I’ve had the pleasure to read. I appreciate you giving the vid a big shout out and helping to spread our goodwill. You Rock!


    -Keep Music Alive-

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