Taj Johnson-George

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Taj Johnson-George

CBS Bio

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Tamara "Taj" Johnson-George already has a lot on her plate, but can't wait to add SURVIVOR contestant into the mix. A Grammy®-nominated singer, successful author, wife of a former NFL pro and mother of two wonderful boys, Taj believes she will be the "most underestimated player" in the game.

A Grammy®-nominee for her soul group SWV ("Sisters With Voices"), Taj says "her group was the one to beat." Selling over six million records, her time as a singer has prepared her for the spotlight.

In addition to her music career, Taj is also an accomplished writer. The author of “Player HateHER: How To Avoid The Beat Down And Live In A Drama Free World," she tries to practice what she preaches as her true pride and life’s focus lies within her family. The wife of Heisman Trophy winner and former Tennessee Titan running back Eddie George, she warns all opponents, "I'm not the average NFL wife and mother."

Growing up in Brooklyn, Taj overcame both physical and mental abuse in her life. With her background, it's no wonder she says she's "naturally distrustful." Taj goes on to say "I am literally, truly a survivor, who has survived more things you can ever imagine." She is used to beating the odds and plans to do it again.

In her free time, Taj says she is very physical and likes to workout, running, swimming and doing yoga and kickboxing. Taj is the total package built around strength and street smarts and will be a fierce competitor in this game.

Taj currently resides in Nashville, Tenn. Her birth date is April 29.


Taj is going to have a little bit of work to do because of appearances. I think that happy smile only goes so far and then people are going to start looking at her. And if she starts hanging her head low and saying: 'this is getting me down', she's an easy one to vote out. The flip side on Taj is she's so likeable. If people find out she's married to a former NFL player, that could work against her. 'Cause people like to look at success as a reason to get rid of you.

I'm a trick of all trades. I'm a housewife, I'm an author, I run a foundation, I'm in a singing group: 'Sister With Voices'. I'm on a leave of absence...right now the girls are on their way to D.C. We have a show with Bobby Brown, Johnny Gill and Ralph Tresvant. Then next month they're headed to Africa while I'll still be starving here in Brazil. I have a great marriage going on...and he stole my heart. I've been through a lot of crappy relationships before him and he was meant for me. He came in and set it all straight and now we have a beautiful family. I didn't tell him exactly where we're going...he doesn't really know. He just knows I'm going out of the country to this show. And all he told me was 'don't come home without the money'.

I believe that I'm going in with a lot of negatives against me because some of them may recognize me from the group...some of them may recognize me from my husband. And being said they'll think I don't need this or they'll think I'm too prissy or spoiled when I'm totally opposite. I am such a Tom-boy...many people say I am the guy in my house. I fix everything, I take everything, I do everything. Eddie's always gone, so I have to be self-sufficient. So when they're out here and underestimate me I'm gonna overwhelm them with my strength. I think what makes me the ultimate Survivor is the fact that I'm coming in under the radar.

I'm a very nurturing person so they'll think I'm so sweet. 'She does everything, she's so helpful, we can't take her off'. And then I'm gonna be stabbing them in the back left and right every chance I get. I have to be here at the end because I can't go home. Like I said my husband and all my sons, they've told me 'do not come home without the bounty, mommy'. I can sit out here forever and not eat. It won't bother me not one bit and I'll work out while doing it. So while they're starving, I'll be eating off my belly fat. I'm gonna survive.

At times my personality I think will probably...might catch me. What I have to control is my snappiness. I'm very snappy. I have no patience. But I'm gonna have to disguise that with my nurturing abilities. So while I'm trying to be nurturing I'm actually moving you along to get you out of the way. I'm going to nurture you out the door.

Being here is definitely a personal challenge for me. I came not because I had to of course, I came because I wanted to. And I just think that being here and winning this competition would just say a lot about me as a person. People will really know the true me and the money will go to such great use. I wanna put it toward my foundation: 'Visions With Infinite Possibilities' that will help women of domestic violence and children of abused households. I think that money will do my foundation such great good so I'm out here to win it for 'Visions', I'm here to win it for my family and just win it for all the women who suffer through so much and couldn't get out. I'm here to help and this is a start here.

 

 




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