Music We Love: Marcus Johnson’s New Album

[ 0 ] August 19, 2015 |

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Photo Cred; Marcus Johnson

For those that can’t get enough of the smooth sounds of Marcus Johnson, he has released a new album, Marcus Johnson Live and Direct Featuring The Urban Jam Band. This new album calms, heals and is sure to improve your mood.   I had a chance to check out to band at Blues Alley and enjoyed every minute of it.  Marcus Johnson has a way of connecting directly with his audience and the performance felt  more like an intimate gathering with close friends instead of a concert venue.  Although it is difficult to choose, my favorite tracks on the new album are  “Summertime Flo,” featuring Antone “Chooky” Caldwell on bass, “Right Now”, which has Johnson on both the piano and the horns and “Chase Me”.  The perfect evening?  Watching the live DVD recording and sipping on some Flo wine!

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Photo Cred; Marcus Johnson

Johnson is the owner of FLO Brands, LLC and a Washington native, as well-being an internationally renowned, Billboard Top 10, NAACP Image Award-nominated jazz musician and entrepreneur.  He has performed at clubs throughout the United States and has been a featured artist at many jazz festivals, including his hometown Capital Jazz Festival, the Bermuda Jazz Festival, Atlantic Artscape, the Latin Meets Jazz Festival and the Huntington Beach Jazz Festival.  Over the last decade, the self-starting Johnson has released 15 studio albums, all of which have been met with critical and commercial success.  On Pandora, Marcus receives 5.1 million spins per year with 2,000 new stations added each month, and his music receives a 74% “thumbs ups” rating verses an average of 56%.  Johnson is the owner of a music label, Three Keys Music, and has emerged as one of the young lions of the “DIY” music world.  His unique self-taught style of piano play has earned him distinction among his peers, praise from the media and accolades across the music industry.  Johnson created FLO Brands, a lifestyle company that aspires to enhance lives through small pleasures, such as music and wine.  For more information about Marcus Johnson please visit

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