Bill Johnston
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Bill Johnston

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Music

The best kept secret in music

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Discography

Solo Projects:
Living Room (ongoing work-in-progress)

Past Groups:
Follow Mary (August 2000)

Single Album Tracks:
The Burren Project (April 2004): Track 2 - Infinite Moment
Prisoners of Allston (January 2000): Track 7 - Reconcile (with Jason Florack)

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Feeling a bit camera shy

Bio

Bill Johnston was born in Princeton, NJ in 1974 and dwelt there for the first months of his life. His memories of this time are rather vague - he remembers a house, and very possibly a high chair, but that's about it. At the age of 10 months, the family Johnston moved to Connecticut, leaving behind only a pair of Mom's boots which had become stuck in some mud in the backyard in an incident while, while amusing, has absolutely nothing to do with this biography.

The rest of Bill's youth was spent in the Connecticut suburbs. Sometime during elementary school, he began to sing and play guitar in the church choir. This, plus a starring role in his school's production of the dubious musical "Santa's Gone Hip", was all he needed to convince him that music should be his life. In high school, he journeyed to to distant lands with the concert choir and jazz ensemble. He was also in several local garage bands, each of which managed to not quite win the school's annual Battle of the Bands.

As time went on, Bill moved to Boston for some book learnin'. While he was there, he joined up with a group called the Dear Abbeys who, despite the obvious reference to the famed columnist, probably shouldn't be relied upon for advice about anything. At all. Anyway, he toured the countryside with this band of misfits and sang acapella music at anyone who wandered into hearing range. A handful of these roving minstrels eventually become the semi-pro singing group known only as Happy Cat. They journeyed to Japan, mostly to enjoy always being the tallest people in the room, and taught the entire population of a small fishing village the Macarena.

Shortly after college, Bill picked up his belongings and moved to Maryland with the idea of starting up a band. Upon arrival, this plan promptly fell through. Thus began his illustrious career as a door-to-door salesman. After a short stint as the travelling peddler, Bill enjoyed an even shorter stint doing temp work in downtown Washington DC and making smoothies in Georgetown, and eventually wound up in the marketing department of a trade association. He somehow convinced his employers that let him be the guy that manned their booth at trade shows. Using this clever ploy, he was able to travel to exotic locations like Detroit and Anaheim. He also helped to found an a capella group which utterly failed to take the DC music scene by storm.

Ultimately, Bill moved back to Boston and began working at a research and consulting firm in Cambridge. Since then he has been through several jobs and several bands, and is now throwing himself to the masses as a solo performer. Check him out at a bar, coffeehouse, or streetcorner near you...