Chad's Story

Singer and songwriter, Chad Johnson, is one of the most promising artists in the upper-Midwest. His unique, yet familiar sound is a blend of americana and country-rock crossroads, peppered with blues and soul. Chad’s music is complimented by his outstanding songwriting skills.  He carefully crafts stories of people and experiences, with an honest voice and musicianship that touches his audience.  His popularity is credited to his ability to connect to his audience through his songs, as well as his ability to effortlessly entertain during his live performances.  It’s no wonder he has built one of the largest followings in the Midwest region, and beyond. 

Chad has released six studio albums and has independently sold over 15,000 cds.  His fifth album, ‘Northfield to Nashville’, was recorded in 2015 with nationally recognized producer Gary Sadler, owner of Magenta Records and Red Ridge Entertainment.  ‘Fire and Steel’ became the stand-out track of the album, gaining popularity and radio play locally, as well as in Europe. 

During 2017 Chad traveled to Leiper’s Fork, Tennessee to record his sixth album, ‘What We’ve Become’, at the Purple House Recording Studio with Grammy Award winning engineer, Casey Wasner.  It is an honest and powerful body of work, shaped by Chad’s artistry and the talents of the many musicians and professionals who joined him in the creation of the album.  ‘What We’ve Become’ was released in July 2018 on the iconic Main Stage at First Avenue in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  Chad was joined onstage at the event by Mark Joseph (Big Wu), Jason Paulson (Jason Paulson Band), Matt Schwake (Lost Highway), Andy Jaynes, Kris Cabak, Mike Korte, Carolyn Gleason, Steph Devine, and Mark Allen, who collectively performed an incredible set to introduce the album. 

Popular Minnesota radio station 102.9 The Wolf has several songs from ‘What We’ve Become’ in regular rotation, and Chad was a featured performer at a number of station events during 2018 and 2019. Chad's music has also been featured on 106.1 BOB Country.

Chad has shared the stage with the likes of Clint Black, Collin Raye, The Gear Daddies, 32 Below, Allison Scott, Mark Joseph, Communists Daughter, The Jason Paulson Band, and White Iron Band, among many others.  He has played festivals such as Moondance Jam, Jamming Country Fest, The Defeat of Jesse James Days and The Blue Collar BBQ Fest.  He also toured Europe following the release of Northfield to Nashville, which included a performance at The Grand Ole Opry in Glasgow, Scotland. Chad was a special guest with the Jason Paulson Band when opening for Craig Morgan at the LIVIN Festival in 2018. 

Chad won the honor of ‘Best Solo Artist’, by SouthernMinn Scene Magazine in 2017, and was nominated for the same award in 2018 and 2019.  He has also been nominated and awarded for the ‘Best Band’ multiple times as lead singer of The 8th Street Band. 

Chad’s work speaks for itself featuring well-written original songs, and a full-bodied sound. His solo acoustic performances are intimate and impressive.  Likewise, his backing band, The Minnesota Transplants (MN-T’s), which includes seasoned professionals Andy Jaynes, Makai (Kai) Catudio and Jeenti Dutta, continually impress and entertain fans and attendees with their talent and on-stage chemistry. Chad’s performances are memorable, no matter the size or venue.

In January 2020 Chad and The Minnesota Transplants traveled back to Leiper's Fork, TN to spend two days in the recording studio with Casey Wasner.  They were joined by producer Mark Joseph and special guest Nicholas David (a finalist on the popular tv show, The Voice.  The three singles recorded are arguably the best to date, and will undoubtedly be well received by fans.  A studio recording of 'Grandma's Song' is also in the works for release with these singles.  Check back often for updates, as well as the addition of exciting new venues on the schedule!