Sunday night I had the pleasure of attending Chadwick Johnson’s singing performance at Upstairs at Vitello’s inStudioCity. A packed house filled the room as I enjoyed pasta and the attention of the serving staff including the delightful Millicent.
The clear singing David Park was the opening act as he engaged the audience. A highlight was a song which gently poked fun at our cultural perspectives.
Chadwick Johnson then offered a variety of songs from his new EP Soul Rising aided by the piano accompaniment of Todd Schroeder and Matt Bobb who participated in a couple of numbers on the guitar. This all made for a fine mix.
Johnson sang a variety of songs — some old standards, some from his new release, even some that he wrote, and he generously shared names of others involved in the creative process.
Baby boomers take note — the singer was reminiscent of Gene Pitney in several ways including looks and the versatile voice styling. He has been compared to Steve Perry and Eva Cassidy with his incredible range. Also, the audience of wide age ranges rejoiced in the very soulful and deliberate interpretations of each number.
One of my faves for the night was the meaningful rendition of “Both Sides Now.” I also was drawn to “Angel Flying Too Close to the Ground” and the motivational “I’m Gonna Live” from Chadwick Johnson’s new EP Soul Rising. He also does a powerful version of “Unchained Melody” also on the EP. A recent death of Johnson’s step-father was the inspiration for Soul Rising which is for sale on iTunes and Amazon.com.
See www.chadwickjohnson.com for more about this soulful and passionate singer — Chadwick Johnson.