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Greg Johnson

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Greg Johnson is back and better than ever.

'Anyone Can Say Goodbye' has all the hallmarks of what we have come to know as Johnson's quintessential sound. A master of soulful tunes, raconteur, Greg Johnson is ready to beguile and seduce us with his latest work. 'Anyone Can Say Goodbye' is full of songs that are ready and waiting to bewitch you. Laden with delicate pop craftsmanship and superb vocals, the record is full of tales of love gone wrong, love gone right, and all the feelings in between.

With seven albums and numerous Tui awards under his belt, this winner of the coveted Silver Scroll songwriter's award has repeatedly embedded his songs into the hearts of New Zealanders. Greg Johnson is a first class composer, wordsmith and entertainer.

Johnson first discovered his zeal for music while growing up in Auckland, on an eccentric blend of punk rock, Simon and Garfunkel and classical music. With a passion for performance and music in his heart, Johnson joined the late night band Bluespeak, singing and playing the trumpet for a living. It was here that Johnson further developed his distinctive and personable on-stage style. However, as pop music is his first love, he soon began to write and record pop songs under his own name. 'Vine Street Stories' was his first breakthrough featuring 4 top 20 singles. The next two solo albums 'Chinese Whispers' and 'Sea Breeze Motel' introduced numerous pop gems including the classic hit 'Liberty', which garnered the distinguished Australasian Performing Rights Association Silver Scroll award in 1997.

Relocating to Los Angeles in 2002 proved lucrative creatively as Johnson joined forces with renowned record producer Clark Stiles (Dandy Warhols, Phunk Junkees) to complete 'Here Comes The Caviar', an album that has nearly reached platinum.

Several songs from that album have found homes on the US airwaves. 'Save Yourself' went top 40 on AAA radio in America both that and 'It's Been So Long' have been featured on the WB's hit show 'High School Reunion' and the ABC show 'Beautiful People'. The MTV shows 'Mysterious Ways', 'Sports Illustrated', 'Road Rules' and 'Real World' have also showcased Johnson's music.

Now Johnson is back, even bigger and brighter with what critic's are saying may be his best album yet. 'Anyone Can Say Goodbye' is full of the soulful intelligent observations that Johnson is so good at. Perhaps darker than his last two albums, it's a record that exercise's his expert ability to create tracks that take you on a musical journey. The first single, 'Now the Sun is Out' is already charming New Zealand radio programmers. With other stand out tracks including 'Venom' and 'New Car Smell', this album catalogues a plethora of emotion from love, friendship, heartbreak and regeneration.

Recorded entirely in the United States with his friend and long time collaborator Ted Brown, his US lifestyle seems to provide the perfect backdrop for Johnson's creativity. He is thrilled with his latest forthcomings. "Yeah, I'm really proud of the work we've done. This record is a great testament to some fantastic musicians and I hope these new songs will inspire old and new fans alike."

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Greg Johnson: New Album Out Sep 8 2008
Posted: Mon Aug 18, 2008 11:21 pm
Greg Johnson’s 8th studio album Seven Day Cure is out on 8 September with him embarking on a national album release tour throughout October.



Seven Day Cure is just what the doctor ordered! It is full of gems featuring Greg’s insightful song writing – It is a quintessential Greg Johnson record.

Greg says “this album has taken twice as long as any previous to make simply because of the additional attention to detail and tweaking that's been going on... it is sounding stunning, the production is not only world-class but probably better than most Alien Civilizations could manage as well, certainly better than anything done by the Martian Landers.”

His first single ‘Looking Out On Monday’ is currently out on radio with a video coming soon.

Throughout October Greg will be touring his new album with his intimate and very successful – ‘The Cocktail Club’. These evenings are a great opportunity for people to experience Greg and his band in a small intimate club vibe. Rotating guests and surprises have made the evenings legendary and fondly remembered.

Seven Day Cure will be released nationwide on 8 September and tickets for the tour are on sale.

See your local retailer, music downloader or ring Ticketmaster for tickets.

THE COCKTAIL CLUB – NATIONWIDE IN OCTOBER

WEDNESDAY 08 OCTOBER – AUCKLAND – MONTE CRISTO ROOM
SATURDAY 11 OCTOBER – PUKEKOHE – HARRINGTON HALL THEATRE
WEDNESDAY 15 OCTOBER – AUCKLAND – MONTE CRISTO
THURSDAY 16 OCTOBER – PALMERSTON NORTH – MODE BAR
FRIDAY 17 OCTOBER – WELLINGTON – SAN FRANCISCO BATHHOUSE
SATURDAY 18 OCTOBER – WELLINGTON – SAN FRANCISCO BATHHOUSE
WEDNESDAY 22 OCTOBER – AUCKLAND – MONTE CRISTO ROOM
SATURDAY 25 OCTOBER – LEIGH – THE LEIGH SAWMILL CAFÉ
SUNDAY 26 OCTOBER – WHANGAREI – SALUTE
WEDNESDAY 29 OCTOBER – AUCKLAND – MONTE CRISTO ROOM
 

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Greg Johnson & Band - 'Here Comes The Caviar' Tour
Posted: Fri Jul 16, 2004 10:26 am
July sees Greg's return to New Zealand after this year's International Festival sell-out sensation. The charming lad is joined by equally amiable fellow musicians Ted Brown, Mark Hughes and of course, the indispensable Wayne Bell.

The tour starts with two nights at Bar Bodega – this Sun 18th July and Mon 19th July with a two hour show that features material from his acclaimed new Album 'Here Comes The Caviar' and of course, all our old favourites. For all the dates, scroll on down.

"Johnson serves up ten melodic winners with a wistful yet optimistic attitude." PopMatters New York

But the shows don’t stop at Wellington. Greg is doing 9 shows only before he returns to Venice Beach, - his home away from home for the last couple of years. His warm songs and intimate style have secured him as one of New Zealand's favourite artists and Greg has quite deservedly earned the reputation as one of our most prolific and talented songwriters.

"He can make an audience laugh and cry within a matter of seconds..." Listener 2003

The 'Here Comes The Caviar' Tour is New Zealand’s last chance to see Greg and his Band before he heads back to Los Angeles indefinitely. You won’t want to miss it, so get your tickets now as they’re strictly limited!
Tickets available from Ticketek, Venue or Usual Outlets.

"Greg Johnson is on top of his game…" Dompost 2004

TOUR DATES:

July

- Sunday 18 & Monday 19 - Wellington, Bar Bodega
- Wednesday 21 & Thursday 22 - Christchurch, Dux De Lux
- Friday 23 - Queenstown, The Loaded Hog
- Saturday 24 - Dunedin, The Captain Cook Tavern

August

- Friday 6 - Auckland, The Studio
- Saturday 7 - Hamilton, Altitude

 

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Greg Johnson's US Label In Trouble
Posted: Thu May 22, 2003 11:48 am
Greg Johnson has completed his 4-track EP under his deal with Santa Monica based Immergent Records just in time!

The label's parent company, 5.1 Entertainment, has reportedly struck hard times and has decided to get out of the 'pop-rock' music line, dropping Greg and four other recently signed artists.

"For a midsize indie label, the swing was just too wide on how much money you have to spend to get that elusive pop/rock hit," says 5.1 Chairman John Trickett.

Greg's manager Michelle Bakker says that while it is certainly an inconvenience, the timing may be fortuitous. "The deal has really worked well to this point because it allowed Greg to get his feet in the soil here in the US, and witha growing fan base and a beautiful new EP, negotiations for another label are going very well, helped along by the fact that we are placing his songs easily into American TV and film."

Greg and guitarist Ted Brown will be back briefly in Auckland to play the Coast Bar on July 31 and August 1 before returning to the US.
 

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