Sarah Johnson was first introduced to musical improvisation by her uncle Dale McCabe. When he would visit, he would sit in the living room with his guitar and play along to records. One day, when Sarah was about 10 years old, she walked in with her flute and asked "Can I play? And what do I do?" He smiled and gave Sarah a few notes to play and started to play a 'G' blues. That moment heavily influenced and inspired Sarah Johnson's future career.

Sarah Johnson attended the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts (LACHSA) for flute performance where she developed her skills as a classical and jazz performer. During her high school years, she was a runner up in the Los Angeles Annual Spotlight Awards, she won First Place in the BEEM (Black Experience as Expressed Through Music), Georgia Laster NANM (National Association of Negro Musicians), William Grant Still, and Jester Hairston Music Competitions.

In 2007, Sarah graduated from LACHSA and began her studies at Berklee College of Music in Boston MA where she was awarded the Howard Shore full tuition scholarship. While studying at Berklee, Sarah was placed on the Dean's List and graduated in May 2010, with a Bachelors Degree in Music Business and Management. In Dec. 2012, she completed her Masters Degree in Flute Performance with an emphasis in Doubling Woodwinds at Azusa Pacific University. She also won first place in the 2012 Dolo Coker Instrumental Jazz Competition.

Sarah Johnson has toured across the United States, British Columbia Canada and parts of Russia, Estonia, Finland, and Norway for the past six. In addition she has performed on various radio and television shows in Russia with Siberian Surf Rokenrol band Igor & Red Elvises. In this band Sarah sings, plays keyboard, flute, tenor saxophone and alto saxophone. In 2013, Sarah Johnson was featured as a solo jazz flautist aboard Crystal Cruises. In 2016, Sarah has made guest appearances with Lothepus Band on the reality televsion show Fjorden Cowboys in Norway.