Lara Johnston
Lara Johnston Bay area native Lara Johnston is on the rise with her powerful voice and fiery, captivating stage presence. Lara has been performing since she very young. She began joining her father's band, the Doobie Brothers, on stage when she was just two. As she grew up, she continued to travel with the band during summers, and music-­ be it soul, blues, funk, gospel, rock, jazz, or even celtic-­ was constantly being played at home. Lara associates many of her best young memories with the warmth, honesty, and excitement of soul music. She recalls her dad driving her to school in the morning, playing artists like Stevie Wonder and Dr. John. One day, Aretha Franklin was coming through the speakers, and Lara sat in silent amazement. She was so moved by the power, the emotion, the stories in Aretha's voice, and she knew immediately that she wanted to tap into that incredible force. For the past several years, Lara has been rigorously conditioning her voice, developing her writing skills, and performing non-­stop. Lara has shared the bill with such acts as Willie Nelson, Tower of Power, Huey Lewis and the News, Pablo Cruise, The Doobie Brothers, Journey and Cheap Trick. She has also shared the stage with Michael McDonald, Bonnie Raitt, Steve Miller, Neil Patrick Harris, E.G. Daily, Sam Harris, Tisha Campbell-­Martin, and several other accomplished artists. Lara performed in the MTV singing competition Rock the Cradle, and this past year she was featured in a special E! True Hollywood Story "Rock Daughters" episode. This summer, Lara had the opportunity to open up for Heart and Sammy Hagar at Raley Field in Sacramento. Lara got an onstage shout-­out from Sammy Hagar during his set later that night. Following this, Lara visited London for four weeks to write, record, and perform in local clubs. To finish up the summer stateside, Lara debuted many of her new original songs on a very successful tour that took her to amphitheaters throughout the Pacific Northwest, Northern and Southern California, and on several morning television shows. She then brought those songs across the pond at the end of October, first week of November, for five shows in a row throughout the United Kingdom.