Carrie Johnson

Carrie Johnson

 Hartford, Connecticut, USA
BandPopAdult Contemporary

Carrie Johnson is a critically acclaimed singer/songwriter perhaps best known as a founding member of the band 22 Brides, Her latest album “Move the Sun,” is an eclectic journal of Carrie’s evolution filled with spicy flavors of the Southwest and folksy melodies of the Virginia foothills.

Biography

“One of my earliest memories is dancing around the living room while my Dad played “Scotland The Brave” on his bagpipes, or my Mom strummed Joan Baez on guitar - my sisters and I singing along...this is the house I grew up in – lot's of music, all the time. There was so much diversity - Beatles, Beethoven, Bluegrass and Broadway so when people ask what my musical influences are it's really hard to pin that down!”

Carrie Johnson is a singer/songwriter whose own music crosses several genres - pop, rock and country but always with her signature style – strong vocals, memorable melodies, story telling lyrics and dynamic rhythm guitar playing. “I always put myself in a song and draw on real life experiences – usually they're my own...”

And there is a lifetime to draw upon. After attending Boston's Berklee College of Music, Carrie headed to New York where she became a professional background and jingle singer, honing her craft as a songwriter alongside her sister Libby. They formed the critically acclaimed band 22 Brides and released five albums on the Zero Hour/Universal Record labels. They were featured artists three times in Billboard Magazine, guests on the World Cafe, broke their hit song, “Another Distant Light” on 99X out of Atlanta, GA and toured the US and Canada extensively from concert halls to buzz festivals. “Touring with my sister and our band? Those are some of the best memories of my life. But we wanted to have babies so we put 22 Brides on hold.”

Carrie then moved from New York to Phoenix to Blacksburg, VA where she recorded her first solo album, Geographical Fix. Finally landing in Hartford, CT she co-produced her second cd, Move The Sun with Daniel Wise. “Life came at me so fast during that time. What parent is ever prepared for their child to be diagnosed with a life threatening illness? My daughter Julia (then seven years old) was one of the youngest in the country to have bi-lateral ovarian cancer. She fought the battle through chemotherapy and surgery and today is a happy 13 year old. “I wrote ‘Little Bird’ to capture the lonely 4:00am moment in the hospital when we were given the very bad news, and founded The Little Bird House Concert Series as a way to give back all the kindness and support that was given to us while Julia was ill. Donations raised from those concerts go to various pediatric cancer research hospitals. Move The Sun is my “pay it forward” album – it's also a snapshot of my life that I documented with emotional songs.”

Since that time, life has changed dramatically for Carrie, and it is reflected on her new release, Strength To Move. Filled with vibrant country/pop crossover tunes, the album sings of loss, redemption and renewal. “I'm in a much happier place now, but there has been so much change over the past three years. I want people to know that you can go down to the depths of despair and rise victoriously – these songs are the latest stories of my life and I'm excited to share them with everyone.”

Career Highlights:

Carrie Johnson is a professional songwriter and performer who spends time writing and recording in Hartford, CT and Nashville, TN. The Carrie Johnson Band performs regularly in the New England area. Carrie is also a private vocal, guitar and songwriting instructor. Her main accomplishments include:

BMI songwriter with over 150 songs in her catalog
Eight cd's of original music (including 22 Brides): “Selling Fruit in Cairo”; “22 Brides”; “Beaker”; “Blazes of Light”; Demolition Day”; “Geographical Fix”; “Move The Sun”; “Strength To Move”
Published composer for film: Orenda Films “No Way Home” and independent film “Exposure”
Professional studio vocalist and rhythm guitarist (artists include Paula Abdul, Deborah Gibson, and Belinda Carlisle)
Business owner: Gratitude Music, LLC (Publishing Company) Music Time, LLC (A Children's Music Program) The Little Bird Foundation (a non-profit organization dedicated to pediatric cancer research

Lyrics

Strength To Move

Written By: Carrie Johnson

STRENGTH TO MOVE
WORDS & MUSIC BY CARRIE JOHNSON
COPYRIGHT 2010 GRATITUDE MUSIC, LLC
BMI

open your eyes ‘cause this day belongs to you
fine and true
i know it’s hard climbing walls in front of you
baby blue
to believe in the unseen
hanging on to what could have been
it can shake you down until you come unglued
but I am always on your side
and my arms are open wide
you can rest here til you’ve got the strength to move

waiting to rise like the sun surrounding you
coming through
afraid that you might not shine and you’re safe in solitude
tried and true
when you only see in black and white
and your dreams fall by the wayside
just look around for a different point of view
‘cause I am always on your side
and my arms are open wide
you can rest here til you’ve got the strength to move

so you play the game to win
but when life throws an extra spin
hold on tight as you go around again
and listen to me sing singing just for you

if you get lost along the way
you can’t find your way back home
take my hand it isn’t far to go
and I am always on your side
my arms are open wide
you can rest here til you’ve got the strength to move
oh you know that i am always on your side
and my arms are open wide
you can rest here til you’ve got the strength to move
open your eyes ‘cause this day belongs to you

White Dress

Written By: Carrie Johnson and Peter Preiser, Jr.

WHITE DRESS
WORDS AND MUSIC BY CARRIE JOHNSON AND PETER PREISER, JR.
COPYRIGHT 2010 GRATITUDE MUSIC, LLC
BMI

you’re breaking my heart in two baby
cause i’m so in love with you but now i feel just like a fool
who’s wasting her time chasing
a dream in a disguise your little secrets and your lies
got loose - this is a small town
i really got to know you when word got around

so this time i’m taking back my heart all the red flags are waving in front of me
and that white dress will be hanging in the dark
and the church will be empty on saturday

i thought i knew you well baby
enough to say “i do” enough to see this through
but you shattered my faith baby
now the linen and the lace you won’t unveil my face
and i know the flowers are fading
the promises you made me have all swept away

so this time i’m taking back my heart all the red flags are waving in front of me
and that white dress will be hanging in the dark
with the rest of the things that you took from me

and just like that you were gone
leaving me to try and figure out just what went wrong
but i know i’ll be strong
i’ll find forever in another man’s arms

we both know this is a small town
did you think i wouldn’t know it when word got around
so this time i’m taking back my heart all the red flags are waving in front of me
and that white dress will be hanging in the dark
and the church will be empty on saturday
yes that church will be empty on saturday
and that white dress - will be hanging in the dark

There's The Door

Written By: Carrie Johnson and John W. Colle III

THERE’S THE DOOR
WORDS AND MUSIC BY CARRIE JOHNSON AND JOHN W. COLE III
COPYRIGHT 2010 GRATITUDE MUSIC, LLC/JWCIII MUSIC, LLC BMI

there are moments in time i have to admit
you get out of hand and my fire gets lit
it’s when you get too close to her i start seeing red
well you know what you’re doing boy
don’t tell me it’s all in my head

‘cause baby, baby you know you’ve been crossing the line
and i’m the one who’s constantly tryin to love you so
but i’m gonna have to let you go
so don’t even think about kissing me goodbye
i’ve had enough of your reasons why
oh, there’s just one thing and nothing more
if you aint feelin’ it - baby there’s the door

should have seen the signs from the day we met
you had a wandering eye and more i bet
cause there’s a great big difference boy in what you do and say
like when you tell me you love me
then you’re up and walking away

so baby, baby i know you’ve been crossing the line
and i’m the one who’s constantly cryin i love you so
but i’m gonna have to let you go
so don’t even think about kissing me goodbye
i’ve had enough of your reasons why
oh, there’s just one thing and nothing more
if you aint feelin’ it - baby there’s the door

you say they’re all just friends
and i’m a jealous fool
well this is how it ends
cause you were never true
no it was just a little piece of you that’s all i ever had
well guess what? you can have it back

so don’t even think about kissing me goodbye
i’ve had enough of your reasons why
oh, there’s just one thing and nothing more
if you aint feelin’ it, if you aint feelin’ it
if you aint feelin’ it - baby there’s the door
baby there’s the door
baby there’s the door

Shattered

Written By: Carrie Johnson

SHATTERED
WORDS AND MUSIC BY CARRIE JOHNSON
COPYRIGHT 2000 GRATITUDE MUSIC, LLC
BMI

my face is a mirror reflecting the pain since you walked out two days ago
i know we had troubles but i kept the faith
we could work it out romeo
so numb with this feeling i stare at these four walls the memories are reeling

and i’m shattered baby i don’t know where to turn
should have learned my lesson cool fire still burns
yes i’m shattered baby you don’t love me no more
my heart is shattered ever since you walked out the door

i felt icy changes as you pulled away only left me wanting you more
there’s no use pretending can’t turn back to that day
when my love was all you were searching for
so time heals the wounded well time is my friend now ‘cause this is the end now

and i’m shattered baby i don’t know where to turn
should have learned my lesson cool fire still burns
yes i’m shattered baby you don’t love me no more
my heart is shattered ever since you walked out the door

it’s gonna take me awhile to get back on my feet
‘cause that word i hear “forever” forever
you said forever - yes you did

‘cause i’m shattered baby you don’t love me no more
my heart is shattered and nothing else matters
ever since you walked out the door
out the door

Discography

CD's:
22 Brides
Beaker
Blazes of Light
Demolition Day
Geographical Fix
Move The Sun
Strength To Move (Released July 11, 2011)

Set List

A typical set list is 45 minutes to 1 hour with original songs off of Carrie's six cd's.