Hometown: New Zealand, California
Web site: http://www.gregjohnsonmusic.com
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Greg Johnson is a household name in his home country of New Zealand, where he has had multiple Gold and Platinum selling albums on the EMI/Capitol Label.
He has won numerous New Zealand music awards including the prestigious APRA (Australasian ASCAP) Silver Scroll for songwriting. Johnson moves with ease between the piano, trumpet and guitar and his concerts are heavily influenced by his early musical days as a nightclub singer and raconteur. Filling Opera Houses and Theatres when he tours down-under, Greg’s shows are now starting to gain reputation and momentum in the US.
In 2002 Greg moved to Los Angeles with guitarist Ted Brown to take up a recording contract with an LA based Indie label. That label collapsed 1 year later but undeterred and on the back of huge radio success in his homeland Johnson took the song “Save Yourself” (from the 2005 album “Here Comes The Caviar”) to radio in the US where it spent 6 weeks in the Triple A radio top 50 (peaking at 42) as a truly independent release on his own Johnson Music Label. Over 60 stations added the tune including WBOS & WXRV Boston, WCBE Columbus, WNKU Kentucky, WBCG Florida and WMWV New Hampshire and the band toured and performed at a number of stations and cities.
His music has been featured in a variety of Television and film including “The Hills”, “Highschool Reunion”, “Road Rules”, “Reversal Of Fortune”, “Mysterious Ways”, “Beautiful People” and the Movies “50 Pills” and “Entry Level” starring Missy Pyle.
Greg has opened for the likes of The Wallflowers, Minibar, The Corrs, Natalie Merchant and Melissa Etheridge. In 2005 Greg and The Auckland Philharmonic Orchestra performed classical arrangements of his best known hits in front of 2000 fans at the Aotea Concert Hall in his hometown Auckland. His 2006 album “Anyone Can Say Goodbye” was recorded in Hollywood with producer Clark Stiles (phunk Junkees, Dandy Warhols) and has thus far produced Greg’s biggest ever down-under hit “Now The Sun is Out” which spent 12 weeks at number 1 on Hot AC radio New Zealand as well as “Anyone Can Say Goodbye” and “Maybe Your True Love” which have done similar.
Greg Johnson: Like most of this New Zealand singer/pianist's tunes, there’s a slightly eerie subtext to an otherwise lovely performance, just enough to keep the listener guessing –- and coming back for more. - USA Today Brian Mansfield June 2007.