"We walk by faith, not by sight." This scripture (2nd Corinthians 5:7) is a prime example of the spiritual life that Calen Johnson lives. Known in the world of music as Lyrical Preacher and his music-spawning alias NELAC, he is a talented individual that hails from the state of Maryland, with a mission to change and save peoples lives and spirits across the world with his music. His expertise includes that of acting, singing, rapping, producing, songwriting and music composing; these talents are being put into good use as he performs in the DC and Atlanta-Metropolitan area, and other parts of the United States and the world under the management of MajorSmart Entertainment. He is the owner and CEO of Thief in the Night 152 Productions and Nelac Publishing, two companies created in 2003--with the help of his father and business investor, Camero Johnson--for the sole purpose of creating quality music and presenting it to the world.
A 2005 graduate of Morehouse College, Calen is currently working hard to increase the awareness of his music independently while promoting his first independent release, a gospel album titled "Gods Time", and developing other solo projects. He is an active member of the AFTRA, SAG, ASCAP, Dynamic Producer, and Urban Gospel Alliance. Now residing in Douglasville, Georgia, he is currently working on various artist collaborations and new projects, including his second full-length album.
Be sure to stay tuned to the happenings of Lyrical Preacher and NELAC, a musical powerhouse that is drastically changing the game in the music industry!
3-time winner of ATL's Talent "Best of the Best" Showcase; Atlanta and College Park, GA/Hosted by Akini da Black Mack (HOT 107.9)
2-time Eastside Idol winner at Scores; Decatur, GA/Hosted by ATLClubs.com
1st place winner of Almost Famous Nov. 2007 auditions; Atlanta, GA/Hosted by Verseus Ent.
7-time Rip tha Stage Talent Showcase winner at Djangos; Atlanta, GA/Hosted by ATLClubs.com
2nd place winner of the Rip tha Stage Producer Battle at Djangos; Atlanta, GA/Hosted by ATLClubs.com
2-time 2nd place winner of Unsigned Artist Spotlight @ Jays Place II; Stone Mountain, GA/Hosted by D.R.E.A.M.S. Events and ATLClubs.com
2-time winner of Open Mic Mondayz; College Park and Atlanta, GA/Hosted by Streettalk Promotions
Aug. 2008 winner of "I Spit Hot [censored]" Finals @ Sportsline; Marietta, GA/Hosted by Money Rain Ent.
Placement on Almost Famous Vol. 5 mixtape
Placement on Hot Block Magazine mixtape
Placement on On The Grind Vol. 3 mixtape
"Higher Life" and "I Can Be" picked up by Clear Channel Radio
Airplay on V-103 (Atlanta, GA), HOT 107.9 (Atlanta, GA), WRFG (Atlanta, GA), WRAS (Atlanta, GA), Heaven 1580 (Washington, DC), Spiritco1.com, and Foxie 105 (Columbus, GA), among many others
Oct. 2008 Band Spotlight feature on Sonicbids.com
Oct. 2008 articles in Makin It Magazine and Streettalk Newspaper
"Higher Life" currently featured in the top 10 most requested songs on hardcorejamz.com