FAVORITE: Lia Marie Johnson – DNA


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Singer, actress and YouTube creator Lia Maria Johnson’s acoustic lyric video for her debut single “DNA.” The live performance was filmed on top of the iconic Capitol Records Tower in Hollywood – watch it HERE.

Johnson co-wrote “DNA,”  a deeply personal song about her father’s battle with alcoholism, with its producer Howard Benson, co-producer Lenny Skolnik, and Sidnie Tipton- the song already has over 3 million Spotify streams.  V Magazine  premiered the recently released official video which already has over 3 million views, calling it “brave…a haunting and chill inducing story of patterns of physical and emotional abuse being carried through generations…a devastating but eye-opening reminder of the detrimental impact of abuse in someone’s life, and an intensely emotional watch.”  Check it out HERE.


“I was at a really hard place in my life when I wrote ‘DNA’, says Lia.  It was my first time working with Howard, Lenny and Sidnie and as we got to know each other they started asking about my life. When they asked about my family, I started getting really emotional and at the end of explaining my life story I said, ‘but I guess you can’t stop DNA,’ we all looked at each other and everything clicked. We got so excited and started writing immediately.”


Lia first became known to the public via her YouTube channel, followed by roles in the Emmy-winning web series REACT, which is the most successful web series in history with close to 1 billion views. Last year, the 19-year-old San Diego native was named one of the Top 100 YouTubers in the world, and she currently boasts an actively engaged 1.6 million Instagram followers. An accomplished actress, Lia starred in AwesomenessTV/Dreamworks Animation film Expelled opposite Cameron Dallas, and had the lead in the film Terry the Tomboy, which debuted on Nickelodeon to big ratings and critical acclaim. This year she starred in American Wrestler: The Wizard with Jon Voight, the TV series T@gged, and young adult thriller The Thinning, out now via YouTube Red. “DNA” is featured in the film. Lia has been busy in the studio working with various songwriters and producers with an eye to release more music in the coming months. 

In the meantime, more info about her can be found below.

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