Sam Johnson’s love for music goes back to his adolescent years, when he learned Bob Marley and Sublime songs on hand me down instruments, and started a reggae band in high school. This early influence inspired him to create his laid-back, soulful blend of pop, rock, and reggae styles that he describes as “quintessential California music”.
Sam is most often compared to John Mayer and Dave Matthews, and Dave Matthews himself once said “Sam has a beautiful voice. He reminds me of my friend Martin Sexton.”
In 2019 Sam was named one of the Top 20 Bay Area Bands and won the Sixthman Soundcheck competition to perform on the Sail Across The Sun music festival at sea, cruising to the Bahamas with with Train, Matt Nathanson, Ezra Ray Hart, Allen Stone, and many other popular artists. He is also on the lineup for BottleRock Napa Valley this summer!
Sam also joined top 40 artist Andy Grammer on his west coast tour, performing for thousands of fans each night as his opening act. Sam has shared stages with many other pop and reggae artists including Shwayze, Collie Buddz, Flipsyde, Common Kings, The Holdup, Leilani Wolfgramm, Anuhea, Mike Love, and more.
Sam is available to perform solo shows with vocals and acoustic guitar with or without a loop pedal, and also as a two or three piece ensemble, with upright bass and percussion.
Home Base: San Francisco
"Sam is crazy talented. A natural born songwriter with a gift for playing guitar and singing from his soul. He does both incredibly well and you believe every note. Not bad with a crowd either :)"
— Arion Salazar, bassist of Third Eye Blind
“TOP 20 BAY AREA BANDS OF 2019: Bringing the super chill vibes and the polished pop sound, Sam gets romantic with your ears in this banger ("21") he released as a single at the end of 2019. Push play, but put some protection on your ears, they might get pregnant.”