This is Jenell Johnson

In the first of a new audio series on Link 2 Lee's Summit — Community Voices  — Jenell sat down with Nick Parker to talk about music, her family and the role both play in her life.

'Music is therapy. Music brings people together.'

When her grandmother passed away and Jenell Johnson noticed her family was down, she turned to the one therapy she knew worked for all of them — music.

The song, "Smile," would go on to be a favorite of not only her family, but also friends and her tight-knit school and church family as well. It would also be a crowd favorite at the 2016 Lee's Summit Got Talent competition.

Jenell Johnson penned the song "Smile" for her family after the death of her grandmother. During an interview with Link 2 Lee's Summit, she was joined by (from left) her father, Alex; sister, Jessica; mother, Jerilyn; and brother, Justin in a family rendition of the award-winning song.

Music has been at the center of the Johnson home since before she was born. Her parents, Alex and Jerilyn are both musicians who find themselves singing or playing instruments at every opportunity. But love of music was just a genetic passing to Jenell and her two siblings, Jessica and Justin, it was a purposeful and physical effort made from the very beginning.

Jenell, who plays nearly 10 instruments, sings and composes her own music, said some of her earliest memories are of her father playing the piano each night with the family gathered around and singing along.

"We did that every night," she said. "Music is just a part of who we are. My dad was always on the piano and we just all gathered around and joined in."

Alex and Jerilyn Johnson spoke with Link 2 Lee's Summit about music and the role it plays in their family's life. The couple and their three children, Jessica, Justin and Jenell, are all musicians.

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