Johnny Stanec

Johnny Stanec

 Youngstown, Ohio, USA

Lyrically driven, emotionally honest, singer-songwriter rock and roll.


Johnny Stanec is a singer-songwriter from Youngstown, OH. Since 2006 he has been writing, recording and performing music. In 2006 he started the band, First In Space. First In Space released five full-length albums from 2007-2017. Together they toured the mid-west, east coast and Canada. Their music reached audiences across the world and their albums frequently landed on year-end lists in the underground music community.

Starting in 2011, Johnny started focusing on his own music and began releasing his own solo records. 2011's 'Narrow Is This Ghost Town' was a mix of songs left over from First In Space sessions that didn't quite have their place in that band. With that record, Johnny began performing live as a solo artist.

Shortly after, Johnny released 2012's 'The Past Echoes' and completed several small tours to support it. The album landed on several best of lists at the end of the year and was a step forward sonically and lyrically for Johnny.

In late 2012, Johnny returned full-time to First In Space and the band released two more full-lengths in 2013 and 2014. Several small tours were completed and both albums became the band's top sellers. However, by the end of 2014, First In Space decided to go on another long hiatus.

In the beginning of 2015, Johnny began working on his third full-length record. 'No Horizon' was released in April of 2015. The album was a departure for him and featured more somber, low-key songs. In the Spring of 2015 Johnny toured from Chicago to NYC, culminating in a performance at the CMJ Music Marathon.

In the Fall of 2015, Johnny started work on his fourth solo record. 'Farewell, Sadness' was released on February 2, 2016. A video for the single 'The Future's Promise & The Dying Breath' was also released.

Throughout 2015 and 2016 live shows were performed from Chicago to NYC in support of his releases. In fall of 2016 Johnny released his fifth solo record, 'Ohio'. In the beginning of 2017 he regrouped with First In Space for a new record and some regional shows. His sixth solo record, 'The Future of Nothing', was released in June of 2018.


The Future of Nothing (June 2018)

Ohio (September 2016)

Farewell, Sadness (February 2, 2016)

No Horizon (April 2015)

The Past Echoes (September 2012)

Narrow Is This Ghost Town (January 2011)