Johnny Lima

Johnny Lima

 New York, New York, USA
BandRockClassic Rock


Career Highlights
1989 - Became the lead singer and main songwriter of the California melodic Rock band, Cheshire Cat.
1996 - Released debut CD, Johnny Lima on Fandango Records in Japan and Suspect Records in the USA.

1999 - Released Shine On CD Internationally on Frontiers Records and performed his first live date as a solo artist at "The Gods of AOR" festival in England in October.

2000 - Returned to the "Gods of AOR" festival in England for an encore performance.

2003 - Released Made in California CD worldwide on Frontiers Records, which featured the popular ballad "Something About You" and also "The Chosen One", co-written by Ted Poley of Danger Danger.

2005 - Released Version 1.2 CD worldwide on Escape Music

2006 - Started his career as a successful producer for new rock bands, including the up and coming rock sensation, Dirty Penny.

2007 - Hit ballad "Another Lonely Day" is featured on national television via the ABC program, "The Nine".

2009 - Released Living Out Loud CD on Shock Records, which spent five weeks on CD Baby's Top Sellers Chart.

2012 - Formed a band to promote and celebrate live his five CD, 15 year career as a leading, worldwide melodic rock artist. Began the "Rockin' Out Loud" world tour, starting with a sold out performance in San Jose, Ca and a European leg that kicks off with a performance at the Firefest Music Festival in October!

Whoever said "Rock is Dead" obviously forgot to mention its demise to Johnny Lima. After hearing his latest CD, Livin' Out Loud, it's clear that Lima sure as hell didn't get the message. The album showcases a more guitar-oriented approach than Lima's previous releases, or as one reviewer put it, "12 stunning new songs! His new stuff sounds dirtier, catchier and rougher than everything else before."

Born to Portuguese immigrants in a small town in central California, Lima got his first taste of Rock-n-Roll at the tender age of four, when his parents let him stay up late one night to catch KISS on a TV show. Little did they know that it was that one band, on that one TV show, that would convince their child that all he was meant to do in his life was to Rock 'N Roll All Night. At the age of 12, his parents finally gave in and bought him his first guitar, "I was too impatient to 'learn' the guitar the proper way. I wanted to get down to writing songs the minute I picked up the guitar for the first time", said Lima. "And I'm glad that was the approach I took. To this day, I still meet guitar players that blow me away with their technique, but they can't write a song to save their life."

A few years later, Lima took his acquired songwriting and vocal talents north to the San Francisco Bay Area in search of the ultimate rock band. After fronting a couple of popular local Bay Area bands, Johnny decided it was time to take it to the next level. By doing so, he'd have to do it alone. After spending a few years on his own, honing his songwriting skills, Johnny entered the studio to record his debut solo album. In 1996 his debut album was independently released worldwide. A brave move, considering the musical climate had changed drastically and rock music with hooks and harmonies was now out of fashion with the mainstream. However, it was an album that over ten years later would command upwards of $80 on eBay, since it was out of print only two years after its release.

Although the music business wasn't kind to him in his own backyard, across the Atlantic, Lima's style of music was still respected and garnered the attention of many labels in Europe including, Now and Then Productions in England, who signed him to a production deal in 1998. A year later, the follow-up to his debut album, Shine On, was released by Italy's Frontiers Records. The album earned rave reviews all over the world, including a perfect score in Scream Magazine and Majestic Magazine. Lima was also invited to perform at the annual Gods of AOR show in England in 1999 and 2000. "The Gods Festival was the largest crowd I had ever played for. They were blown away by me and I was blown away by them. It was an amazing experience that showed me my music was in demand", says Lima of the 1999 performance.

In 2001, Johnny began his work on his biggest selling CD to date. Released by Frontiers Records in 2003, Made in California was an album that showcased Lima's knack for big hooks, big vocals, and was the perfect soundtrack to any rock fan's summer. The CD also featured the song, "The Chosen One" which was co-written by Ted Poley, of the early nineties rock hit makers, Danger Danger. "Ted was super cool to work with and Made in California was my breakthrough album. I still get e-mails every week about "Something About You" being a wedding song for a fan somewhere in the world".


"Livin' Out Loud"
Released in 2009

1. All I Wanna Do
2. Wildflower
3. Hate To Love You
4. I'm On Fire
5. Somebody To Love
6. Caught In The Middle
7. Gimme Some Rock, So I Can Roll
8. Livin' Out Loud
9. Still Waiting For You
10. Long Way Down
11. Hard To Say Goodbye
12. 'Til Love Is Gone

"Version 1.2"
Released in 2005

1. Never Gonna Let U Go
2. Little Runaway
3. Rock 'n Roll River
4. Here For You
5. Reckless Heart
6. Drift Away
7. Crazy
8. Fire Of Love
9. Another Lonely Day
10. Into Your Arms
11. Something's Gotta Change
12. If I Had A Heart
13. Fly Angel

"Made In California"
Released in 2003

1. Made In California
2. Best Night Of My Life
3. The Chosen One
4. Go On, Go Away
5. We've Got Tonight
6. Another Girl
7. Help
8. Love Ain't Enough
9. Something About You
10. Where Are You Now
11. Welcome To My Paradise

"Shine On"
Released in 1999

1. Leaving In The Morning
2. My Country 'Tis Of Thee
3. Touch Of Love
4. Star
5. Memory Lane
6. Wild Young Crazy In Love
7. Shout It Out
8. Too Late
9. Sweet Sixteen
10. Only The Strong Will Survive
11. In Someone Else's Arms
12. Girl Next Door

"Johnny Lima" Debut
Released in 1996

1. Never Gonna Let U Go
2. Little Runaway
3. Here For You
4. Rock 'N Roll River
5. Crazy
6. If I Had A Heart
7. Speak Of The Devil
8. Another Lonely Day
9. Something's Gotta Change
10. Into Your Arms
11. Reckless Heart
12. Fly Angel

Set List

Varies depending on venue and audience. See for most recent versions.