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 the everyday working men and women, 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 recipient 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. 

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 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. His upcoming performances will include an opening set for Craig Morgan, alongside Jason Paulson. 

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 new 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. 

2020 is shaping up to be an exciting year for Chad Johnson, and The Minnesota Transplants, who are set to record new original material with Casey Wasner at the Purple House Recording Studio.  Plans are underway for additional releases, as well as the addition of exciting new venues on the schedule!