Jeff Johnson (musician)
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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.
|Origin||Camano Island, Island County, Washington, United States|
|Genres||Progressive rock, Celtic|
|Years active||1980 – Present|
|Associated acts||Sandy Simpson, Brian Dunning, Phil Keaggy.|
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.
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.
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.”
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