|The Brothers Johnson style and background is a musical
institution in itself. In the beginning, The Brothers Johnson simply set out to make some
good music - records they could be proud of up against those of musical peers. However, in
retrospect, there was a lot more brewing: The Brothers Johnson recording sessions were
virtual creative workshops for popular arrangers, producers and songwriters like Ashford
& Simpson, Dave Grusin, Don Grusin, Herbie Hancock, George Duke, Toto, Jerry Hey, Tom
Bahler, Rod Temperton, even Michael Jackson, who co-wrote and sang background on
"This Had To Be" from The Brothers' 1980 "Light Up The Night."
George Johnson was, and still is, the spearhead of the group. He has an amazing knack for songwriting, arranging and producing. He thanks his mentor, Quincy Jones, for the polish. George Johnson's wide musical contrast evolved as a child from 50's pop/R&B, including the legendary Godfather of Soul, James Brown, the Motown invasion, Philly sound, Stax, etc. to The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Chicago, Santana and Sly and the Family Stone. He recorded and toured with Billy Preston from 1971 through 1973. Sly Stone and Larry Graham personally taught him everything he wanted to know about FUNK! He has the highest respect musically and remains close to them. George toured Japan extensively and recorded a double CD and Video with Graham Central Station, "Live In Japan `92". But the man himself, Quincy Jones, opened the wide world of music and helped George smooth out the edges.
George made the decision to reintroduce "G.J./Brothers Johnson" to a new generation that have just heard about them. Like many other true musicians, it is hard for George to stay away from his guitar for long. He is performing all of their hits "Live in Concert" world wide with a 10 piece band, tour manager, sound technician and stage manager as " Brothers Johnson featuring George Johnson."
Total Achievements: 16 gold and platinum LP's, from Billy Preston, Quincy Jones, The Brothers Johnson; 7 Grammy nominations, 1 Grammy Award; Contributed two hit singles to Quincy Jones' "Back On The Block" LP, "I'll Be Good To You" and "Tomorrow, Better You, Better Me", winner of 8 Grammy Awards; George has served as Governor on the Board of the Grammy's from 1991-1994 and is still an active member of NARAS; The Brothers contributed two tracks on Quincy Jones LP, "Q's Jook Joint", updated versions of their "Is It Love That We're Missin'" and "Stomp!"
Currently, George is CEO of George Johnson Entertainment and awaiting phenomenal talent to produce. He is also in the development stage of his first solo CD.
For Live Engagements call GJE at Area Code (818)
279-4997 or send e-mail to G.J. Entertainment