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Featured This week On The Jazz Network Worldwide Is Multi-Instrumentalist Johnny Holliday With His CD “In The Light”.
Multi-instrumentalist Johnny Holliday blends Smooth Jazz, Salsa, Contemporary Jazz with a hint of Irish Celtic on his new release “In The Light”. Holliday also serves our country sharing the gift of his music and part of the proceeds of his CD sales goes to the Fisher House Foundation for Soldiers Injured in Combat.
Master musician, performer and dedicated member of the armed forces Johnny Holliday brings a different dimension to his music with his unique renditions of popular songs, original music and virtuosity in Smooth, Latin and Contemporary Jazz in his new CD “In The Light”.
Holliday has achieved a collection of recorded works as a multi-instrumentalist and vocalist performing internationally on concerts, festivals, Military Dignitaries, Ambassador’s from Foreign Countries as well as formal military balls by 4 Star Generals. Known for his natural born talent and discipline, playing trumpet, learning to breath and creating a rolling vibrato led him to singing, and his excellent ear for arrangement guided him to creating his own show. Johnny has been the opening act for major artists such as Al Jarreau, Lauryn Hill, Layla Hathaway, and Johnny Gil. His newest Jazz CD “In The Light” was featured on local news stations NBC, CBS and FOX. Always devoted to helping those in need, a portion of his proceeds’ goes to the Fisher House Foundation for Soldier’s injured in Combat and to the Air Force Security Forces Foundation.
While in the Air Force, Johnny performed in “Tops in Blue”, touring 14 countries, and 44 states in 10 months forging his skills as a performer, and teaching him a powerful work ethic that is rare in the world of music. It is the merging of these two disciplines, the military and the music, that bring you the true uniqueness of Johnny Holliday, a soldier and a musician’s musician.
Johnny became a dedicated student of one of the world’s top trumpet players, Roy Roman. It was under his expert tutelage that Johnny was able to hone his natural talent to be a truly competitive performer in the world of highly skilled jazz and classical musicians. Johnny was assigned to Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas as a Security Forces Member, earning many awards, such as “Top Gun” and “Distinguished Graduate”.
“Johnny Holliday is a phenomenal musician, able to play masterfully several instruments and sing as well. His talents are such that he should probably devote his full time and energy to performing. The remarkable thing is that he doesn’t do it for self-aggrandizement or seek profit from it. He uses his craft to serve others and as a platform to transmit a positive and fruitful message.” says General Hector Pagan.
In Johnny’s words, “My military career and love of our country are very important to me, I finally recognized I equally love my music. I believe that this nation is in enough distress as it is, so if there is any way I can encourage anyone, either through speaking, listening, or music, that's what I'll do. I can't change the world, but I can try to help lighten the burdens of those around me.”
“Johnny is a powerful artist, the first time I was introduced to his playing I was blown away by his musicianship, it is an honor to present him to the jazz community not only heralded for his great talent and contribution to jazz but to thank him for his commitment to our country and sharing America’s music through our military” says Jaijai Jackson, creator of The Jazz Network Worldwide Social Network.
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