THE LEGACY CONTINUES....
GEORGE V JOHNSON JR, writes lyrics about complex things: personal experiences, love, history, family, home, heaven and most of all Jazz! Phrases turn, emotions connect, melodies soar. It’s a fuel that burns full-throttle, ignited by the heat of his soulful voice and the power and passion of his performance. You sing along even though you’ve never heard the tune before. George writes from a perspective of distances, of interludes between lovers and lives and the roads that lead from small towns to big cities.
Vocalist, Lyricist, Actor, Playwright, Producer, Promoter, Consultant, Composer and Contributing Editor was born December 20, 1950 Washington DC. Attended Prince George’s Community College and Howard University School of Fine Arts. Self taught and first exposed to music by singing and participating regular with church and school choirs. He listened extensively, and emulated records played by his parents while growing up in the household. (Gospel, R&B, Rock & Roll, Classical, Blues and Jazz).
At the age of 20 and the encouragement of family and friends, he seriously considered a career in music after realizing that he had a natural gift of writing lyrics , poetry and producing beautiful sounds with his voice. While listening to a radio broadcast about a Jazz Workshop being held at Bill Harris’ Nightclub called the PIGFOOT in N.E. Washington DC, he met pianist great John Malachi who help to shape and guide his career for the next 15 years. This enabled George to sing and come in contact with many of the worlds’ s finest musicians and recording artist. On one occasion he met the late Eddie Jefferson, Jazz lyricist, Hoofer and Innovator, who pioneered the art of Vocalese (writing lyrics to improvised horn solo?s) . Jefferson set lyrics to James Moody’s classic solo Moody’s Mood for Love, which was first Recorded by Clarence Beeks, aka King Pleasure . Years later the style was perfected by Jon Hendricks (Lambert, Hendricks & Ross):