Who is jpj?
Johnny P. Johnson loves tractors, farm machinery, farming, his wife, his three sons, and writing songs. JPJ is best described as an avid singer-songwriter and performer, showcasing rich vocals, creative harmonica and strong rhythmic guitar. As a songwriter JPJ writes about both the simplicity and complexity of life in their most raw forms, inspired by decades of both his own experiences and those close to him. Growing up on the family farm in rural Saskatchewan, Johnny's passion for music most likely stems from his parent's love of singing gospel hymns, hence a strong detection of gospel in some of Johnny's songs.
He is excited to release his second solo album. Produced by Tom McKillip, a nine-time BCCMA Producer of the Year, Johnny's brand new album features a host of BC's top studio and touring musicians that Johnny was excited to work with.
Johnny last found success as a solo artist in 2005 after recording and independently co-producing his first solo folk-roots album Prairie Roots Grow Deep. This album, having a real Canadiana feel, garnered him a nomination for Roots Album of the Year at the 2006 BC Country Music Association Awards.
Before Prairie Roots, JPJ helped front two country-folk bands based out of Nelson: First, The nerV in the early '90's and then The Midnight Harvesters a few years later. In 1993, the nerV released the album Anyone In General, which received rave reviews and was given airplay on commercial and public radio. Johnny P. as part of The nerV was also asked on the national CBC program Morningside with Peter Gzowski.
The Midnight Harvesters, in 1998 released their album State of Mind. Through the release of their album, The Midnight Harvesters earned an Upcoming Group of the Year nomination at that year's BCCMA Awards where they were also a featured performer at the award show. The album State of Mind also enjoyed some commercial radio airplay success. Both The nerV and the Midnight Harvesters were able to perform on the same stage as country greats like Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard, Billy Ray Cyrus, The Sky Diggers and many more through success at major music festivals like Merritt Mountain, Hootenanny in the Hills, and Rock & Twang, to name a few.
Johnny P. Johnson has recently released his new music and is touring to promote an album that's proudly folk and roots and touch of country, with songs that will captivate and engage any audience. Recorded with a full band the album has the energy and drive that comes from living a busy but impassioned life.