The Columbus singer was uprooted from the Bahamas at the age of eight when his parents moved to the United States to provide a better life for their son. Johnson played football in high school and was offered a scholarship, but he turned it down to pursue music. His mom told him that he was blessed with a special gift and needed to share it with the world.

He auditioned for The Voice with The Fray’s How to Save a Life, which prompted Maroon 5 lead singer Adam Levine to turn around. Johnson was coached by Levine throughout the series before losing his knockout round match to Deanna Johnson.

Blaze Johnson was originally discovered at The ARTS Convention in Orlando, Florida. He also starred in popular films When the Game Stands Tall and Underdogs.

Johnson’s skills include singing, piano, guitar, painting, drawing, football, track, and wrestling.

In a crusade to open doors for young South African hopefuls to achieve more, learn more and experience more, founder of Just You Model and Artist Management Elsubie Verlinden teamed up with Kim Meyers to host the South African leg of the showcase, The International ARTS Talent Showcase. In her capacity as regional director for ARTS in Africa, she has provided countless young South Africans exposure to top educational outlets in the USA.

Each year she travels from city to city throughout South Africa to scout the best talent the country has to offer to attend the International ARTS Talent Showcase, where South African models, actors, singers and dancers get to audition in front of International Talent Scout and Director of the ARTS, Kim Meyers.

The International Arts Talent showcase takes place at The Grand Ballroom at Silverstar Casino. Singers and actors perform on Friday, 2 October and models and dancers on Saturday, 3 October.

Tickets are R550 per person and include the formal event and a three course meal. To purchase tickets, email admissions director Elouise at itsartsafrica@gmail.com.