Shaun Johnson
Shaun Johnson

Shaun Johnson

About Shaun Johnson

A charismatic pop and jazz singer, Shaun Johnson is known for his work leading the a cappella group Tonic Sol-Fa, and for his swinging jazz group the Shaun Johnson Big Band Experience. Johnson first emerged in the late '90s and has balanced his career between releasing Tonic Sol-Fa albums like 2015's Original and 2019's holiday-themed March of the Kings and big-band jazz albums like 2019's Capitol.
Hailing from Saint Joseph, Iowa, Johnson grew up singing from a young age and eventually honed his craft at Minnesota's Saint John's University. It was while at Saint John's that he co-founded the a cappella group Tonic Sol-Fa. From the late '90s onward, he toured and recorded with the ensemble, releasing albums like 2005's Boston to Beijing, 2009's Just One of Those Days, and 2019's Something for the Rest of Us. Along the way, the group was voted into the Midwest Music Hall of Fame and earned a 2010 Emmy Award for their song showcased in a Toys for Tots PSA. The group has also been featured several times on PBS for holiday specials.
Johnson eventually settled with his family in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. It was there that he came up with the idea of fronting a big band and singing a mix of standards and reworked pop songs influenced by artists like Tony Bennett, Frank Sinatra, and Michael Bublé. He debuted his eight-member Big Band Experience with a 2012 holiday-themed album Live, followed a year later by What'll I Do. Two more albums arrived in 2019: The Set List and Capitol. ~ Matt Collar

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