Canadian singer songwriter Shimmer Johnson is an indie artist who has made balancing Motherhood and music look easy. I create music that connects to people. Typically I’ll talk about real life events, singing with feelings we all go through at some point in our life time thus its music that connects with everyone and never grows old. My music is meant to be listen to every day. Sure it is kinda like my personal diary I am sharing with the world but I hope everyone is enjoying my songs and finding meaning in it.
Listen to the live interview
Episode #546: A.V.A Live Radio Behind The Music with Jacqueline Jax :
Interview by Jacqueline Jax
host of A.V.A Live Radio
Person Interviewing: Shimmer Johnson
Song name: Getaway
Music Genre:: Pop
Getaway is about a friend of mine that was struggling with anxiety and was considering suicide. This was a song she could listen to that would tell her that everything is going to be okay whenever those feelings started to well up inside. The point is to remind the listener that life is worth it.
I create music that connects to people. Typically I’ll talk about real life events, singing with feelings we all go through at some point in our life time thus it’s music that connects with everyone and never grows old.
My music is meant to be listen to every day. Sure it is kinda like my personal diary I am sharing with the world but I hope everyone is enjoying my songs and finding meaning in it.
Link to play:: https://open.spotify.com/track/3hTTc6JvTOq3dLCXHz1Ctw
Getaway was my second single I released..
It is more of a relaxed pop song that you really have to listen to because the lyrics have so much meaning. People hear different meanings in the words but I suppose that’s to be expected as we each come from diverse experiences.
I am currently working with billboard songwriters in Los Angeles and hoping to get some of my music into movies so wish me luck. I don’t plan on changing my style. My love for pop material will never change but in the last 10 years I have written all sorts of different types of music. I had a country album, an RNB album and even a Pop Rock album.
This year I feel this is the “TRUE” Shimmer Johnson. The music currently best represents who I am as an artist and a songwriter. My singles “GETAWAY”, “PRIDE”, and “DON’T BREAK ME” represent Shimmer completely !!
Currently my life is all about music…
At the moment I try to get into my studio atleast 2 hours-3 hours a day. In between taking my kids to school and running my house hold. I’m the proud mother of 1 girl and 3 boys so I am a busy mom but music has always been a big part of my life. Even when I am not writing, you’ll find me performing live or with my production company out there doing shows. It all sounds like alot even as I’m listening to myself speak, I don’t really know how I do it but I do it 🙂 I wouldn’t change a thing.
At present, I write and record 99% of my songs in Catalyst Production Recording studio. I collaborate with my better half Corey. He helps to replay most of my piano. I play piano by ear so I play well enough to write and then Corey comes and replays it properly and it turns into the music you hear now. Corey is by far the other half of Shimmer Johnson’s music.
Recently I just started writing with LA writers Michael Jay, John West. I have written a couple great songs with them I am currently trying to get placed in movies and with other artists. So I have a lot of things going on in 2017/18.
I also started collaborating with other songwriters on the internet. Robert Bergmann from Germany and we wrote a single “I JUST NEED TO BE FREE” and It turned out really good 🙂
Best lessons learned..
Honestly learning to sing on the “1” you wouldn’t imagine how learning that ONE thing changes the way your songs flow and work. When everything is perfectly in time. The song just pops. It’s amazing. So if your having timing issues as a songwriter. FIX IT! It’s worth it. Learn how to hear the 1 and sing on the 1 or play on the 1 …
I live in…
Edmonton Alberta Canada. The Music scene here does not a lot of live venues. Most of the live venues want to hear cover bands so to get a gig as a “ORIGINAL” artist in Edmonton Alberta is almost impossible. The majority of the time I travel for my shows to LA or FORT MAC Alberta. There are a lot of shows in Fort Mcmurray Alberta that I perform in. I am actually here right now in fact, I just finished a Christmas Party, singing 1 hour of Christmas Music. The party was a lot of fun but yea unfortunately Edmonton does not a great music scene.
Website & social media links:
REVERBNATION : http://www.reverbnation.com/shimmerjohnson
FACEBOOK : @shimmerjohnsonmusic
TWITTER : https://twitter.com/shimmer_johnson
YOU TUBE: https://youtu.be/CKthAVFMsRE
SPOTIFY : https://open.spotify.com/artist/10WVCn26WQmyEvkONJrLNM
SOUNDCLOUD : https://soundcloud.com/shimmer-music-119078565