Carly Johnson received her Bachelor’s Degree in Music from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia in 2007. After graduation, she returned home to Louisville, KY and started performing as a jazz vocal/guitar duo with critically acclaimed guitarist Craig Wagner. They released their first jazz standards album “It’s Pretty Standard” and in the same year the duo received the 2014 Louisville Music Award for Jazz Artist of the Year.
From the beginning, Carly wanted to make her own record. To write and sing her own songs. In 2016, after hearing her voice in a chance encounter, playwright Rolin Jones and his LA-based production company New Neighborhood jumped in to provide support for Carly’s first venture into original music. Since then, Carly has been writing and performing her own original music around Louisville, nationally and in Europe with her 8-piece band in a plethora of venues including Louisville’s Forecastle Music Festival, Los Angeles’ Hotel Cafe, Sound City Music Festival in the UK, and at the iconic Cavern Club in Liverpool, England…a full circle moment as a dedicated fan of The Beatles. She’s had the joy and honor of collaborating and working with several greats, including, Jacob Duncan and his folk-fusion band Liberation Prophecy, Teddy Abrams & The Louisville Orchestra, My Morning Jacket, Houndmouth, Norah Jones, and Will Oldham.
Fusing her musical education with her love and reverence for rock, soul, jazz, and pop music, Carly Johnson’s long-awaited self-titled debut album was just released on December 4th, 2020 on sonaBlast! Records.