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Jeff Johnson (musician)

Jeff Johnson (born 1956) is a recording artist, composer and producer who has released numerous solo and collaborative recordings on his own Ark Records / ArkMusic label since it’s establishment in 1977. He also creates and leads Christian contemplative worship featuring music, readings from the Psalms and silent prayer called the Selah Service. Originally from the Portland, Oregon area, he currently resides in the San Juan Islands in the state of Washington, United States. 

Jeff Johnson
Origin Camano Island, Island County, Washington, United States
Genres Progressive rock, Celtic
Years active 1980 – Present
Labels Ark Records
Associated acts Sandy Simpson, Brian Dunning, Phil Keaggy.
Website Ark Records

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Vocal RecordingsEdit

Johnson’s early vocal recordings were stylistically progressive rock. The lyrics were inspired by a diverse group of authors, artists and historical figures including CS Lewis, Charles Williams, George MacDonald, Blaise Pascal, Francis Schaeffer, Tom Stoppard, William Shakespeare, Auguste Rodin, Paul Gaugin, Pierre-Auguste Renoir and Ludwig II of Bavaria.

His more recent vocal works are more liturgical in theme and include words from the Biblical Psalms as well as prayers by early Irish saints Columba and Patrick as well as Teresa of Ávila and Francis of Assisi.

Instrumental RecordingsEdit

Johnson’s instrumental releases cover a broad spectrum of Celtic, New Age, Jazz and World music genres.

His collaborations with Irish flutist, Brian Dunning, include music inspired by the stories of Ste-phen R. Lawhead as well as a series of Celtic Christmas releases which were licensed by Windham Hill for that label’s Winter Solstice and Celtic Christmas compilations.

He also collaborated on several releases with Portland, Oregon bassist, David Friesen and ad-ditional releases with world- renowned guitarist, Phil Keaggy.

Related RecordingsEdit

Johnson’s recordings have been licensed and featured on numerous commercials, compilations, spoken word and movie soundtracks including the Martin Scorsese film, “Gangs of New York,” Ruth Bell Graham’s “A Quiet Knowing,” the Hearts of Space “Celtic Twilight” and Windham Hill “Winter Solstice” and “Celtic Christmas” series, Eckhart Tolle’s “Music to Quiet the Mind,” Angela Elwell Hunt’s “The Tale of Three Trees,” Keith Patman’s “Centerpoint: Poetry & Music for Christmas and Scott Cairn’s “Parable.”

DiscographyEdit

If I Do Not Remember (2016) Jeff Johnson, Brian Dunning & Wendy Goodwin

Jonathan’s Lullaby (2016) Jeff Johnson

Home Again – Single (2015) Jeff Johnson

WinterSky Live EP (2015) Jeff Johnson, Phil Keaggy, Brian Dunning & Wendy Goodwin

Broken, Gazing (2014) Jeff Johnson (featuring Wendy Goodwin)

Parable (2014) Poetry & readings by Scott Cairns Music by Jeff Johnson & Roy Salmond

WaterSky (2012) Jeff Johnson & Phil Keaggy

Two Songs For Holy Week EP (2015) Jeff Johnson

Winterfold (2013) Jeff Johnson, Brian Dunning & Wendy Goodwin

Antiphon (2011) Coram Deo Ensemble – Jeff Johnson, Janet Chvatal, Brian Dunning, Wendy Goodwin & Marc Gremm

Under The Wonder Sky (2010) Jeff Johnson, Brian Dunning & Wendy Goodwin

Frio Suite (2009) Jeff Johnson & Phil Keaggy

Journey Prayers (2009) Jeff Johnson

Selah Audio Meditations – Vol. 3 / The Way Of The Cross (2009) Featuring readings by Jeff Johnson with music from various ArkMusic recordings.

King Raven, Vols. 1 - 3 (2008) Jeff Johnson & Brian Dunning

Dreams Of A Christmas Night EP (2007) Jeff Johnson & Brian Dunning

Standing Still (2007) Jeff Johnson

Selah Audio Meditations – Vol. 2 (2007) Featuring Celtic prayers written by J. Philip Newell read by Jeff Johnson with music from Ark-Music recordings.

A Thin Silence (2006) Jeff Johnson

Selah Audio Meditations – Vol. 1 (2006) Featuring readings by Jeff Johnson with music from various ArkMusic recordings.

Vespers – light into Light (2005) Jeff Johnson with Janet Chvatal

  Stars In The Morning East – A Christmas Meditation (2005) Jeff Johnson & Brian Dunning

The Katurran Odyssey – A Musical Journey (2004) Originally released by Hearts of Space Jeff Johnson & Brian Dunning

Patrick (2003) Jeff Johnson & Brian Dunning

Benediction (2002) Jeff Johnson, Brian Dunning, John Fitzpatrick & Jozef Lupták

The Memory Tree (2002) Jeff Johnson

The Enduring Story – A Retrospective (2001) Jeff Johnson & Brian Dunning

A Quiet Knowing Christmas (2001) Jeff Johnson, Brian Dunning & John Fitzpatrick

Byzantium – The Book of Kells & St. Aidan’s Journey (2000) Jeff Johnson & Brian Dunning

A Quiet Knowing – Canticles For The Heart (2000) Jeff Johnson, Brian Dunning & John Fitzpatrick

The Bard & The Warrior (2001) Originally released in 1997 as “Music Of Celtic Legends” (Windham Hill) Jeff Johnson & Brian Dunning

Prayers Of St. Brendan – The Journey Home (1998) Originally released by Hearts of Space Jeff Johnson with Janet Chvatal & Brian Dunning

Navigatio (1997) Jeff Johnson with Janet Chvatal

Psalmus (1996) Jeff Johnson with Janet Chvatal

The Isle Of Dreams (1994) Jeff Johnson

Songs From Albion 3 (1994) Jeff Johnson & Brian Dunning

Songs From Albion 2 (1993) Jeff Johnson & Brian Dunning

  Songs From Albion 1 (1992) Jeff Johnson & Brian Dunning

Great Romantics (1991) Jeff Johnson

Similitudes (1990) Jeff Johnson with Dave Hagelganz

Centerpoint – Poetry & Music For Christmas (1990) Poetry by Keith Patman read by Dallas McKennon Music by Jeff Johnson & Brian Dunning

Pilgrimage (1989) Jeff Johnson

This Mystery I Pose (1988) Jeff Johnson & Sandy Simpson

Why Should The Heart Not Dance? (1988) Jeff Johnson with Sandy Simpson & Kathy McClatchy

The Awakening (1986) Jeff Johnson & Sandy Simpson

Born Of Water (1986) Jeff Johnson, David Friesen & Dave Hagelganz

The Tale Of Three Trees (1986) Story by Angela Elwell Hunt read by Elizabeth Denison Martin Music by Jeff Johnson & Brian Dunning

No Shadow Of Turning (1985) Originally released on Meadowlark Records Jeff Johnson, Sandy Simpson, Dieter Zander & Kathy McClatchy

Icons (1984) Jeff Johnson

Shadow Play (1983) Jeff Johnson

Through The Door (1982) Jeff Johnson & Sandy Simpson

The Face Of The Deep (1980) Jeff Johnson

Early Songs Featuring music from “The Anvil Of God’s Word” (1977) and “Please Forgive Us Lord” (1978) Jeff Johnson

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