Lara Johnston

Lara Johnston

 Los Angeles, California, USA

I write pop tunes with a hefty helping of soul, having grown up on the emotive, vibrant tunes of artists like Aretha and Marvin, while closely studying the craft of contemporary pop songwriting and taking in the attitudes of rock and roll. I have a killer band and put on a high energy show!!


Singer/songwriter Lara Johnston is on the rise with her captivating, soulful voice and creative spirit. Influenced by Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, Mick Jagger, and Beyonce, Lara has a vocal tone that is unlike any other and a fiery, dynamic stage presence to match. She has shared the bill with such acts as Willie Nelson, Tower of Power, Huey Lewis and the News, Pablo Cruise, The Doobie Brothers, Journey, Heart, Sammy Hagar, Cheap Trick, KISS, and most recently, Leon Russell and Lynyrd Skynyrd. She has also shared the stage with Michael McDonald, Bonnie Raitt, Steve Miller, and others. She's had the opportunity to watch, and learn from, some of the best musicians in the business. ?During the past two years, Lara has been touring throughout the US, Europe, and Canada, writing and co-writing songs in LA, London, and Nashville, and balancing her career pursuits with her time as a student in USC’s Thornton School of Music. She won third place in BMI’s John Lennon Songwriting Scholarship competition for her original song, “Mister (Be My Man).” And 2011 has been a whirlwind: Lara finished writing and recording a new 10-song album in Nashville, opened up for rockers KISS, and spent her summer touring around the United States and Canada with solo shows and dates opening for the Doobie Brothers. This fall, Lara sang background vocals for Don Henley of the Eagles. In late October, she also contributed her vocal talents to the America’s Got Talent Live show at Caesar’s Collosseum in Las Vegas. She is grateful for these experiences as she continues to further her solo career.


Frills and Thrills- EP, In the Beginning- EP, brand spankin' new full album in progress, to be finished by February 2012