CJ is a woman of many facets. She is an entertainer, businesswoman and teacher. Her passion has always been to reach and teach. You can find Courtney teaching in the classroom, through her music or on the dance floor. She holds a Master’s in Middle Childhood Education and taught for several years in her hometown of Detroit, Atlanta and Maryland. Talent is no stranger to her bloodline. Her mother, a classically trained pianist, choral director, music and dance teacher, has remained a constant force in CJ’s upbringing. Noted Gospel superstars like Marvin Winans, Lisa Page Brooks and Deitrick Haddon have all been under her choral direction and tenacious instruction. The musical roots don’t begin there, CJ’s grandfather, Melvin Howard, has performed with legends like Cab Calloway and Sarah Vaughn on some of Harlem’s main stages in the 1940′s.
CJ has traveled around the world, performing in London, Belgium, Dublin, Rennes, just to name a few. She continues to tour with the “Queen of Soul,” Ms. Aretha Franklin as one of her background dancers. She has also written for noted producers such as Mario Winans, Jeffery “J Dub” Walker and Katrina Willis.