SINGER | PRODUCER | SONGWRITER | SCORING COMPOSER | VOICE OVER ACTOR
Martin J. BIO
Martin Johnson is a singer-songwriter, musician, and record producer. Steeped in soul, r&b, hip-hop, and gospel, Martin Johnson’s musical purview is overtly immense. He having an extensive background in music due to being raised in a musically inclined family has extremely helped in shaping Martin’s musical platform. His musical skills were encouraged by both parents early in life. His father, Pastor Andrew E. Johnson, is a songwriter/producer in his own right and his mother, Pearl Johnson has a profound history of teaching and directing choirs for over twenty years. Martin Johnson attributes his vocal and instrumental dexterity to his parents and other family members. Martin also acknowledges his musical influences such as; Samuel Jonathan Johnson, Donny Hathaway, Bill Withers, Stevie Wonder, and Marvin Gaye.
Martin Johnson started his musical career in 1993 as a musician in a band that toured with various hip-hop artists that were signed to Ruthless Records. Martin has written and produced for many notable R&B, Hip-Hop, and Gospel artists through the years. In June of 2000, Martin Johnson released his first solo album entitled “The Testament.” His 15-track CD project is a set full of jams and grooves laced with inspirational words and anchored with pounding hip-hop beats and street sensibilities. No doubt, Johnson’s strong vocals and ear for impeccable production have propelled his sounds to underground chart stardom.
His voice is a grabbing merge of strong contemporary inflection and major influence from any number of 70’s soul masterpieces. Nods to Gospel majors such as Fred Hammond and Marvin Winans come through too. Martin Johnson has been creating an underground MP3 buzz for some time now, ranking way up there on listener plays and preferences. The project’s hit —and that’s a hard call to make— is “Waymaker”, produced by Johnson, with an assist from Big Mill. Stacked backing harmonies juice the ride while Johnson intones the praise to God. Rhythmic rhymes in the chorus are laid over a booming track, making the records hot like pepper.
Martin Johnson is currently being driven by his life’s experiences. He is determined to rebirth the soulful sounds of the 70’s and 80’s as well as deliver records that are extant. As Martin croons soulful lines on top of bottomed-out bass lines and beefy drum tracks, he also distributes soft melodies and phased harmonies on top of fervid Rhodes with the pursuit of the listener’s mind and heart through the ear-gate. He is a student and fan of all genres of music because he believes that the power of music will forever be effectual. "Love Conscious” is the new title single just released by Martin J. and is available now on all major digital retail outlets. Martin J's new album is slated to be released first quarter 2019 and it will consists of soulful tracks filled with real life relatable lyrics of love, truth, and peace.