For Immediate Release July 20, 2015
ROBBY JOHNSON PARTICIPATES IN HISTORICAL
COUNTRY MUSIC MILESTONE
Singer/Songwriter, Rising Star Leads Introduction of Country Music
To Canadian Mega-Festival
Just more than two years after leaving French-speaking Quebec to seek his fortunes in Nashville, Robby Johnson returned to his home province with an epic assignment — to introduce country music to Canada’s most prestigious music festival.
On Friday night, July 10, Johnson captivated a roaring crowd at the 48th Festival d’été de Quebec. The young singer/songwriter was a part of history by opening the 11-day event’s first-ever country music night on the Festival’s main venue, the Bell Stage of the Plains of Abraham where he opened for country superstar Keith Urban.
After a set that included Johnson’s singles “South Of Me” and “Shady” and a French-language version of Garth Brooks’ “The Dance,” an exhilarated Johnson shared his impressions in a series of interviews.
Speaking in French, he told La Presse, “This is the biggest show of my career and it’s amazing to be able to do this at home.” He further described it to Cédric Bélanger of Le Journal de Montréal further as “an amazing experience, surreal … It’s just too much.”
He also discussed his historic appearance on the Quebec morning news show “Salut, Bonjour!” and the entertainment news programs “Nouvelle” and “Sucre Sale.”
Other artists featured at this year’s Festival included the Rolling Stones, Foo Fighters, the Doobie Brothers and Iggy Azalea.
While growing up in Quebec, Johnson learned to speak accent-free English primarily from watching American TV shows, spending holidays and summers with relatives in Hartford, Connecticut, and listening to recordings by Garth Brooks, Johnny Cash, Kenny Rogers and other early influences.
Shortly after relocating to Nashville, Johnson co-wrote and recorded his first single, “South Of Me,” which has 3 million views on YouTube and cracked the Top 20 on the country chart. A guest shot on “The Late Show with David Letterman,” highly unusual for an independent artist, earned him further exposure in August 2014.
Johnson’s new single, “Shady,” is set to impact this month on SiriusXM’s The Highway. The official lyric video was released last week see it here: https://youtu.be/ZMyAp9uuERI
It launches ahead of his debut album, Don’t Look Back, which was produced by James Stroud. Release is targeted for later this year.
For more information, visit robby-johnson.com.