Jay Johnson was a multi genre, multi award-winning singer/songwriter from Dallas. This 25-yr veteran performer self-released 3 albums and 2 singles in the last 10 years (all received statewide, regional and international airplay) while sharing the stage with such talent as Miranda Lambert, Jackson Browne, Pat Green, Willie Nelson, Charlie Robison, Jack Ingram, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Steven Fromholtz, Gary P. Nunn and countless others. Several of Jay's songs have been re-released by fellow artists as well. Johnson's style of writing was as diverse and all encompassing as the writer himself, and his writing savvy has been compared to James Taylor, Neil Young, Jackson Browne, Townes Van Zandt and Steve Earle. A new studio album of Jay's unreleased material is currently in the works!
2007 SINGER/SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR NOMINEE - Texas Music Awards (TexasMusicAwards.org)
2005 MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR - Texas Music Awards (TexasMusicAwards.org)
2005 - Song contribution to Freedom Bound CD, benefiting Educate Van Zandt (EVZ) which promotes and provides adult education for area residents of Van Zandt County, TX. Featuring Willie Nelson, Mickey Newberry and others.
2004 FINALIST/RUNNER UP - Shiner Bock Rising Star Competition (KHYI.com / Shiner.com)
2004 REGIONAL FINALIST - Sony/USA Network's Nashville Star Television Show (UsaNetwork.com/nashvillestar)
2004 SEMI-FINALIST - Dallas Songwriter's Association Competition (DallasSongwriters.org)
2003 SEMI-FINALIST - Wildflower! Art and Music Festival Songwriter Competition (WildflowerFestival.com)
2003 CAMPFIRE HERO AWARD Texas Music Nation Festival (TexasMusicNation.org)
2003 OUTSTANDING FESTIVAL PERFORMER Beanstock Festival (Beanstock.org)
2002 - Song Contribution to Open Doors Project CD benefiting The Parkinson Foundation (OpenDoorsCD.org)
2002 MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR - Rockzilla Music Awards (Rockzilla.net)
2001 WINNER - BW Stevenson Songwriter Competition (PoorDavidsPub.com)
1999 - Song Contribution for A.R.T.S. For People CD (A.R.T.S.ForPeople.org)
"I loved the guitar. Girls loved the guitar. I loved girls. I had learned to play by watching my brother struggle. I wanted to sing songs so I learned to play songs. Lots of songs. There was no ROCK music allowed in my house. Late at night I would listen to Dallas ROCK stations. KZEW, Z-97, Q102. Tyler radio sucked. I'd go to sleep with that little mono earplug (white) hidden in my ear. I learned those songs. I couldn't buy an ELECTRIC guitar so I used what I had. (David and a sling.) Mostly a gut string classical that I got for $100. I bought a 12 string for $80 and took the little strings off 'cause I couldn't tune it. I played that. Daddy took the guitar away one time. I was playing "The Joker." That whole "peaches and trees" thing didn't sit too well with the principal of a private Christian High School."
Jay Scott Johnson was born in Tyler, Texas and by the fifth grade had lived in California, Montana, Arizona, four podunk Texas towns and was back on the farm in Noonday, Texas for the sixth grade. Noonday life, in Jay's words: "Four boys. Onions, potatoes, corn, beans. Plant and harvest. Mom tried to grow strawberries once." Jay started taking piano lessons at the age of seven and has been performing ever since.
"Seventeen found me on the tarmac in Geneva, Switzerland with too much luggage - Thanks, Mom. L`abri. Francis Scheaffer. Huemoz, Switzerland. You can only find it if you're looking for it. I was looking. I turned 18. I came home with longer hair and a bad habit of using long sentences that no one could follow. Daddy knew that I had been "sinning." That fall Jay booked a private party and made his first fifty dollars.