About LaraJohnston

Lara Johnston is a singer-songwriter whose powerful voice, dynamic stage presence, and soulful pop songs have captivated worldwide music audiences. She has toured extensively, both as a solo artist and as a backing vocalist for artists like Don Henley and Belinda Carlisle. In the past few years, Lara has opened for KISS, Heart, and Willie Nelson. She also recently made appearances on "The Wendy Williams Show" and "Piers Morgan Tonight," duetting with America’s Got Talent winner Landau Eugene Murphy, Jr. Lara was the first-ever Grand Prize winner of the Unsigned Only Competition, with her song “K.I.S.S.,” which also went on to win first place in the International Songwriting Competition’s Adult Contemporary division. While pursuing her career, Lara studied her craft at USC’s Thornton School of Music, where she graduated from the Popular Music Program. Lara enjoyed a residency at legendary NYC rock club The Bitter End, sung at the Kennedy Center as part of the American Voices festival, and performed at the Sundance Film Festival. Recently, Lara has been writing music for various projects, including television shows and her own forthcoming release.

Nashville Showcase 10/28

Showcase Invite Non-Industry

I am so excited to perform in Nashville for a full band show on Weds. Oct. 28! Show starts at 6pm at Acme Feed + Seed in downtown Nashville, TN. Invite your friends, can’t wait to see you there!

Summer/Fall Tour Update

Update: Due to a different music-related opportunity, I’ve withdrawn my participation in the following shows supporting The Doobie Brothers & Gregg Allman:

September 1st- Koka Booth Amphitheater in Cary, NC

September 2nd- Pier Six Pavilion in Baltimore, MD

September 4th- Saratoga Performing Arts Center in Saratoga Springs, NY

I’ll look forward to visiting these beautiful cities in the future! :-)

I will still be performing at the Laid Back Festival at Jones Beach in NY on August 29th.

2015 Summer Tour

Lara Johnston is getting ready to head out on her summer tour, which includes a solo show in Nashville and select dates opening up for The Doobie Brothers and Gregg Allman.
LJ Summer Tour Poster 1

Writing Songs for SAF3

Recently, I wrote three songs for the TV show “SAF3.” It was an inspiring and fun process. I loved getting “assignments” to compose for certain scenes/moods/musical styles. Thanks to Cory Lerios for inviting me to be a part of the project.

Here are the tunes I wrote with footage from the show-




UP NEXT: BMI Acoustic Lounge in NYC!

I’m honored to be teaming up with Broadcast Music, Incorporated (BMI), for their Acoustic Lounge showcase this Tuesday, February 25th at Rockwood Music Hall in NYC. I have so much respect and admiration for the BMI staff and the many legendary artists/writers they represent…so this is really exciting for me. Also performing are these two super talented ladies: Macy Kate and Jax. If you’re in NYC, I’d love to see you at this show! It’ll be an intimate, in-the-round type setting…a great way to warm up the winter!poster

Here’s BMI’s article: http://www.bmi.com/news/entry/songwriters_lara_johnston_macy_kate_and_jax_to_play_bmis_acoustic_lounge

The Sweet Tooth Fairy/Valentine’s Day Contest

One of the perks of performing at Chefdance was getting to partake in the eating festivities! We enjoyed a delicious meal that was dreamed up by Top Chef finalist, restaurateur, and winner of ABC’s “The Taste” (among many other accomplishments), Brian Malarkey. We also befriended some fantastic table mates (shout out to Kathleen, Alan, Craig, and Thomas from Qirra Sound- the smartest, nicest people!)- including the one and only Megan Faulkner Brown, winner of TLC’s Cupcake Wars and founder/creator of The Sweet Tooth Fairy, a fantastically delicious bakery with several locations throughout the US. Megan and her husband Ethan were really lovely. And Megan invited us to try some of the treats at the Salt Lake City location of her bakery! So of course, we took her up on that offer…and let me tell you, that place is heavenly. The smell alone…and the cupcakes and cakebites are seriously tasty. Since Valentine’s Day was just around the corner, Ben and I were thinking that it would be super fun to do a joint giveaway contest with goodies from the Sweet Tooth Fairy and music from me! The idea was for participants to post their best ‘cupcake selfies’ on various social media platforms for a chance to win cake bites, signed EPs, and T-Shirts. We got lots of really cute entries and we will be announcing the winners in a couple days. IMG_3618 1780813_10152195313027661_324581973_n 1506001_10152063575903025_1930051804_n 71459_10152198517937661_2059598301_n