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Sam Johnson

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Sam Johnson’s love for music goes back to his adolescent years, when he learned Bob Marley and Sublime songs on hand me down instruments, and started a reggae band at his high school in Huntington Beach, California.
This early influence inspired him to create his laid-back, soulful blend of pop, rock, and reggae styles that he describes as “quintessential California music”.
But he says his music career really started 9 years ago in San Francisco, where he street performed 5 days a week in Fisherman’s Wharf. Dodging seagulls and competing with the other street performers for the tourists’ attention, Sam’s chops developed at an accelerated rate. “The first day I played in the wharf, I made $60. I knew one day I would make $600!” In this way Sam supported himself full-time for more than 2 years - one CD at a time, one dollar at a time. He says “it was like touring the world from a street corner.”
Although he is no longer street performing, Sam maintains a busy performance schedule with over 200 shows per year touring at college campuses across the US, performing at festivals, and corporate and private events.
Sam joined top 40 artist Andy Grammer on his west coast tour as his opening act. In 2019 he won the Sixthman Soundcheck competition to perform on the Sail Across The Sun music festival at sea, cruising to the Bahamas with with @Train, @MattNathanson, And @AllenStone, and many other popular artists. He will also be performing at BottleRock Napa Valley in October 2021.

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