Anna Johnson is a Nashville-based songwriter and performing artist, who was born and raised in small town Wisconsin. Though she resides in Nashville, TN, the self-proclaimed home of country music, her music is its own kind of Americana-meets-Pop. Her songs are woven with tight harmonies reminiscent of bluegrass, they share heart-gripping stories that prove she has some old country and folk roots, but are crafted with more contemporary melodies and hooks that tell stories of life and love, friendship and the road, from the perspective of a young woman in today’s world. If you like references and the phrase, “Anna Johnson sounds like _____”, I suppose you could compare her music and style to artists like Sara Bareilles, Cheryl Crow, Colbie Caillat, Christina Perri, Norah Jones, or Alison Krauss. She’s really not the next so-and-so, however. Her music is its own. It’s Anna Johnson.
Anna is endorsed by McPherson Guitars. Since forming a relationship with the high end boutique guitar company in 2010, Anna has worked with McPherson Studios’ in-house engineer and producer, Michael Head, to co-produce three albums; “Winding Road” (April 2012), “Christmastime With The Anna Johnson Band” (November 2012) and her most recent LP, “Here” (May 2014). Also, a perk to being part of the family, Anna was connected with Justin McGrath of Higher Concept Media, who filmed and produced her two professional music videos, which were filmed in Northern California in Spring 2011, to celebrate two of the favorite tracks from her Nashville debut album, “Ready To Go”, which was recorded by Billy Smiley and Bill Whittington and released in May 2010. The videos for both “Someday” and “Damaged and Bruised” can be found on YouTube OR here – just follow the videos tab above.
Anna is also part of an elite roster of singer/songwriters called Nashville Unleashed. The roster is a collection of musicians who join together to perform classic in-the-round concerts together. Aside from traveling and playing in classy venues nationally, Nashville Unleashed has recently found its home on television networks around America! To find out where you can tune in to see Nashville Unleashed, visit their website: www.NashvilleUnleashed.com.
Most recently, Anna was chosen as one of the Top Five Finalists in the Guitar Center Singer-Songwriter 4 competition. Don Was hand-selected Anna [and four others] from among 15,000 songwriter entrants. To say it’s a huge achievement is an understatement! More than $10,000 worth of instruments and gear were awarded to each of the Top Five, and the ultimate grand prize winner will be announced following a private performance for Don Was and other industry professionals in Hollywood, CA in March 2015. Stay tuned to learn the results of the competition, and visit www.songwriter.amplifiertv.com/home to read about the prizes and discover the other 4 finalists and their music.
Anna isn’t completely foreign to the experience of being awarded large prizes based on her songwriting abilities. In 2008, reamining members of the legendary rock band, Queen, selected Anna as the recipient of their Queen Songwriting Scholarship to attend McNally Smith College of Music in St. Paul, MN. That’s right. Queen chose Anna based on her writing abilities and musical potential, and paid for her education at the contemporary music school, where she studied Songwriting and Composition.
In a way that’s what started it all, and since taking on music as a full-time career in 2010, Anna has not only released the four aforementioned professional independent albums, but has performed with artists like Colbie Caillat, Bryan White, Amy Grant, John Carter Cash, and others. Her two most recent albums were funded by her faithful and generous supporters via Kickstarter, she was a semi-finalist in a Dodge “Inspired By You” commercial songwriting competition in 2012, was a finalist in the 2013 International Songwriting Competition’s Music Video category, and has made guest vocal appearances on several other artists’ albums during her 5 years in Nashville. She also works regularly with Global Genius Productions, for whom she sings cues (some of which have been used in national ads), and she spends time co-writing with other established musicians in the Nashville area. Her next goal is to release an eclectic and diverse children’s album, full of lullabies and sweet songs from various cultures around the world.
To follow Anna’s daily life as a musician, visual artist, wife and mother to two sweet little girls, join her on Instagram @themusicanna. Be sure to connect elsewhere, too, using the tabs above. If you have any song suggestions for her upcoming lullaby project, contact Anna via her facebook page to submit your request.
Now, for those of you who want to know even more of the story . . . . . . . . .
The full story (pre-Queen Scholarship 2008) coming soon!
Stay in touch on facebook and Instagram, buy hand-signed hard copies of Anna's CDs on her official website (www.annajohnsonmusic.com), and visit her Soundcloud page to hear some songs you can't find elsewhere on the web: www.soundcloud.com/annajohnsonmusic.