Before Juliann ever picked up volleyball, she was a competitive gymnast, dancer, and cheerleader. It wasn’t until the summer of her ninth-grade year that she learned what volleyball was, and quickly fell in love with the sport.
Now, Juliann is combining her passion for her favorite sport with her other passion: Singing. As a young girl, she took violin lessons and sang in school choirs. While playing in Italy during her second professional season, her love of music kicked into a new gear. It wasn’t until an Italian fan noticed some of Johnson’s singing performances on YouTube. That’s when Johnson’s fans couldn’t resist: They asked her to sing Alicia Key’s “Girl on Fire” at a halftime show. Her teammates and the Italian fans fell in love with her. A local group, Italian Job, and its music producer pulled her into the studio, and that laid the groundwork for her single, “Light Up the Sky”, and the forthcoming album, Complete.
On the volleyball court, Juliann has distinguished herself as one of the best in the world. She was named NCAA Freshman of the Year in 2007. As a four-year starter and three-time All-American for the University of Texas, Juliann was the 2010 UT Female Athlete of the Year. International volleyball organizations around the world have sought out her powerful skills and talent. She signed her first professional contract with the Italian league, Lega Pallavolo A Femminile, playing for them 2011-2013, ultimately winning an Italian Supercup and a bronze medal in the Champion's League.
During the 2013-2014 season, Juliann played for Guangdong Evergrande Women's Volleyball Club, playing for one of the best coaches in the world, Jenny Lang Ping. During the 2014-2015 season, she played for the most prestigious team in France, Racing Club de Cannes, where she won her first professional championship. After playing in France, Juliann went back to China to play for Fujian Women’s Volleyball Club during the 2015-2016 seasons.
As a member of the USA National Team, Juliann has participated in many tournaments including World Grand Prix, Pan American Cup, and the Montreaux Masters. With her mind set on the 2020 Olympic games in Tokyo, Juliann is continuing her workouts. She is currently playing in her seventh professional season with The Kurobe Aqua Fairies in Japan for the 2017-2018 season.
AWARDS AND ACCOLADES
2015 FRENCH LEAGUE CHAMPION
2013 BRONZE MEDAL CEV EUROPEAN LEAGUE
2013 MVP ITALIAN ALL-STAR GAME
2012 ITALIAN SUPERCUP
2010 BIG 12 PLAYER OF THE YEAR
2010 AVCA FFIRST TEAM ALL AMERICAN
2010 HONDA AWARD FINALIST
2010-2011 UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS FEMALE ATHLETE OF THE YEAR
2010-2011 BIG 12 ATHLETE OF THE YEAR NOMINEE
2010 AVCA PLAYER OF THE WEEK
2010 BIG 12 PLAYER OF THE WEEK (TWICE)
2010 ALL CENTRAL REGION MVP
2010 ATHLETIC DIRECTOR HONOR ROLL
2009 VOLLEYBALL MAGAZINE ALL-AMERICA SECOND TEAM
2009 AVCA ALL-AMERICA THIRD TEAM
FOUR-TIME ALL-BIG 12 FIRST TEAM (2007-10)