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I'm All In

by Michelle Johnson

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This song is about rediscovering the audacious childhood dreams we once had, and then recommitting to pursuing life with that same zest and passion, fully and completely. I believe we often give up our dreams because they seem too big or too scary, and as adults, we settle for safer and more practical pursuits that leave us feeling empty, lost or unfulfilled.

The lyrics to "I'm All In" represent me singing a thank you to my rediscovered younger self, to those who always encouraged me to sing, and to Carole King, who is the biggest influence on my songwriting and singing. At one point in my life, I had stopped writing the music. I am so grateful that I found my muse again, and that I have reconnected with my first love ... the art of songwriting.

We all have something we need to pick up again. A passion. A joy, A calling. The song is about that journey and about rediscovering who we are and why we are here.

It is my hope that anyone who hears this song connects with the message that it is never too late to return to who you were meant to be. I am so grateful to be fully aligned with what I am supposed to be doing on this planet ... which is to connect and heal people through music.


It was so easy when I was young
My fingers slipped over keys and told stories of songs that were still unsung

I wrapped my heart in each word from you
You were the light in the tunnel that led to the path I was headed to.

But time will make you forget
all your "meant to be's"
Living your life
by what the outside sees
And I've been gone for so long

So I'm letting you know
I'm letting you see
Just what's become
Of the woman you helped me to be

And I'm running my race
My face to the wind
Circling back to the place
Where you helped me begin
But this time, I'll all in.

I thought my heart and
my soul were gone.
As though you left me alone with
No rhyme and no reason to carry on.

So I got lost in the maddening crowd. And through the chaos around me my heart was still longing
to sing out loud.

And all the scenes in my life they came back to me.
All stitched together like a Tapestry. And I've been gone for too long.

So I'm letting you know
I'm letting you see
Just what's become
Of the woman you helped me to be

And I'm running my race
My face to the wind
Circling back to the place
Where you helped me begin
And this time, I'll all in.

This time, I'm all in.


released August 9, 1999
Music and Lyrics - Michelle Johnson

Vocals - Michelle Johnson

Acoustic Piano - Bill Zappia

Electric Guitar - John Wedemeyer

Acoustic Guitar - John Wedemeyer

Bass Guitar - Eric Runquist

Drums - Earl Campbell

Executive Producer - Michelle Johnson

Mixing Engineer - Josh Connolly

Mastering Engineer - Josh Connolly

Recording Studio - Hideout Studios, Las Vegas, Nevada

Official Website: www.michellejohnson.com

Instagram: www.instagram.com/divamichellejohnson.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/MichelleJohnsonVocalist

Twitter: www.twitter.com.ChickSingerLV


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Michelle Johnson Las Vegas, Nevada

Michelle Johnson’s influences range from Carole King, James Taylor, & Sarah Mclachlan to Ella Fitzgerald, Barbara Streisand, & Melissa Etheridge.

Her songwriting themes include women's empowerment, love & self-actualization. Michelle began her career as a session & backup singer, & has toured or recorded with P.M. Dawn, Elton John, Gladys Knight, Sheena Easton & many others: michellejohnson.com
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