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Rod Johnson was raised by a musical family playing gigs with his parents at age 11. His stepfather taught him to read, write and transpose music at a very young age. Rod formed "Awaken" in 1990 which was signed to Nova Beat Records. "Awaken" had airplay on PIXY103 (Cape Cod, Ma.), they were supported by PIXY103 at gigs, recorded live and aired live on this station. Newspapers in the area wrote up rave reviews, and "Awaken" was voted second best music video for the Widget Bridge Show. The "Awaken CD can be found on Amazon.com or CDBaby.com. Rod is now involved in jingles, voice overs and film soundtracks.
*2000 - "Awaken" debut CD is released on Nova Beat Records.
*2000 - Supported by Pixy 103 , Awaken plays the Cape Cod Melody Tent , with radio play and artist of the month.
*2001 - Awaken music video "Madness in the Jesters Court" is voted 2nd place for best music video on the Widget Bridge TV show.
*2003 - Soundtrack for "Satori" by Patty Cassidy , using Chinese instruments.
*2004 - The song "Dreams Do Come True" is used in the documentary for "Roadside Ambition" featuring Tom Greene by Tippingpoint Labs.
*2010 – Jingle for Bottary Chiropractic aired on Fun107 and WBSM
*2011 – Soundtrack for Mango Pickle – Filmed in Nepal.
*2011 – Jingles and voice overs for “The All New Holistic Hotline” aired on WBSM.
Instruments that Rod plays are Guitar , Bass , Keys , Dobro, Banjo, Mandolin, Drum Programming , Percussions , Pipa , Gu Zheng and Voice.