With her musical roots drenched in the swamps of the south, Deanna Johnston's raw soul first emerged out of a snowy farm in ON, Canada, where she grew up with her Mom, Dad and her 3 sisters. Searching for a city to compliment her both...
With her musical roots drenched in the swamps of the south, Deanna Johnston's raw soul first emerged out of a snowy farm in ON, Canada, where she grew up with her Mom, Dad and her 3 sisters. Searching for a city to compliment her both musically and spiritually, she finally ended up at the fertile intersection where country music crosses into southern rock, Nashville, Tennessee.
Deanna has been to the Nashville music scene what Janis Joplin was to San Francisco in the late 60s; a poignant reminder of a woman born to perform, who lives the autobiography of her life each night on stage. Her vocal style has no parallels. It is pure & powerful, subtle in its beauty & rich in character, bringing a soul-blues, down home flavor to her original music. Sitting on the edge of country, behind the tinge of an acoustic guitar, b3, dobro, & the simple lyrical honesty of her songs & her stripped down acoustic melodies, hold us all spellbound to her powerful performances & true originality. A singer with a voice both contemporary & classic at the same time. Deanna's music inspires & truly stirs the soul with each note & every emotional high & low of life she shares with those who listen to her. She has a way of emotionally connecting to her fans & closing the distance from the stage to the crowd, to a space closer & more intimate than any other performing artist in America today.
Deanna has performed all over the world & in and out of our living rooms. Dave Navarro once said, "you have the voice of a lion", as she gained worldwide notoriety for her stunning performances on CBS's hit TV show RockStar:INXS as well as on NBC's The Singing Bee. She has shared the stage with talents such as Kelly Clarkson, Chaka Khan, John Rich to name a few, & the chance to perform for Oprah Winfrey was yet another pivotal moment.
Deanna Johnston's intensely personal songs are the anthems we share, of hope, life, & everyday experiences woven into rustic Americana. In her sound the listener hears the cornfields of Tennessee, the weathered barns of the Carolinas, the chilly groans of the North, the wishes & dreams of love gone right & love gone wrong. Wherever Deanna's musical journey leads her, the rest of us can only be thankful that she's invited us along for the ride.
DEANNA JOHNSTON God Family Nature Johnny Stone Music by Today's Country Magazine Where does rock music end and country and southern rock begin? That question gets asked more and more often as new albums and artists begin to emerge. For Deanna Johnston the genre lines don’t seem...
DEANNA JOHNSTON God Family Nature Johnny Stone Music by Today's Country Magazine Where does rock music end and country and southern rock begin? That question gets asked more and more often as new albums and artists begin to emerge. For Deanna Johnston the genre lines don’t seem to matter as she crosses over them and then crosses back from song to song on her latest effort God Family Nature. First introducing you to her 70’s soulful blues side, she brings you into the EP with “Let’s Get High,” where the title leads you to believe the song may be about something illegal, but it is quite the contrary. The song rather takes a look lyrically at those that just love life and want to find peace within’ it, as she wraps her vocal around a foot tapping beat but never allows the music to overshadow her delivery of the lyric. While cuts like “Love Won’t” and “Pure Grace” contain subtle instrumentation, mostly from the likes of acoustic guitars allowing for her to again take center stage with her outstanding voice and incredible lyrics where the focus is on lost loves and in the latter song, the inspiration you find within’ the higher power that helps you find your inner peace. With the other tracks you really see two more sides to Deanna Johnston. “The Garden” offers a Janis Joplin tinged bluesy southern rock sound, while “Rain Desert Rain,” stands out amongst the pack as an instant favorite as Johnston harmonizes perfectly adding a different element to the EP in that it begs to be compared to modern country based groups like Little Big Town as it drives through the chorus and leans on harmony through the verse. Though Johnston pulls influence from a variety of places this EP does remain consistent and contains a cohesive sound that can best be described as Deanna Johnston.