Artist Johnny Smith began his musical life at a very young age. Born into a musical family, Johnny’s mother nurtured his vocal talents while his uncle and aunt, well known music icons Delaney & Bonnie, provided musical mentoring and advice. But it was a televised performance of Elvis playing “Hound Dog” that truly inspired the 9 year old Smith to pick up the guitar and pursue a life of performance and by the age of 10, he was regularly invited to perform on stage with local professional musicians.
Smith eventually relocated to San Francisco and formed Alias Smith, a roots/rock influenced band. Alias Smith’s selt-titled debut CD garnered much praise, and helped the band to secure an 18 date European tour, as well as stage performances alongside prominent artists including The Beach Boys, Starship, Maria Muldaur, and Roger McGuinn.
Smith subsequently released the solo album “Just a Man,” in which his maturity as a musician is realized as his sultry, soulful voice weaves throughout songs reminiscent of sophisticated blues melded with upbeat rock tempos. The hit “Love Is like a Rock” became #1 on radio request lines.
Johnny was named "Best Performer" 3 years in a rowby the Northern California Songwriters Association, and is a regular on live television and radio broadcasts.
Johnny Smith still performs on the original Martin D-35 that started it all.