Greg Johnson (musician)

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Greg Johnson (born 1968, Auckland, New Zealand) is a singer/songwriter of melodic, lyric-based pop. He has seen success both as a solo artist and writing for others. Since 2002 he has been a resident of the United States, living in California.

Music career[edit]

Over the years, he has toured and played with Dave Dobbyn, The Wallflowers, Lloyd Cole, The Corrs, 10,000 Maniacs, Ben King and The Exponents. He was also a founding member of the band, The Greg Johnson Set with "Nigel Russell". He continues to tour frequently in New Zealand, USA and Europe and produces Artists and Soundtracks from his studio in Santa Monica.

He has written and co-written several songs for Strawpeople, and in 2005 collaborated with Russ DeSalvo and Arnie Roman a song for New Zealand artist Amber Claire. He has also released three albums with jazz side project Bluespeak. In 2005 Irish band Grada covered his 1992 hit song "Isabelle."

Since moving to the USA, Johnson has had songs placed in TV shows including The Hills',[1] Party Of Five, Beautiful People, High School Reunion, Road Rules. Film placements include 50 Pills and Entry Level. and written songs and commercial soundtracks for See Political, the California Natural History Museum, and the show Castle.

In 2002 his background music and an interview was used in British Politician Austin Mitchells Pavalova Paradise Revisited in Episode 3 clip 3 (5.05mins) [NZ on Screen].

In 2007, his song "Hold Tight" was used in the New Zealand drama series Shortland Street during the wedding of characters Sarah Potts and TK Samuels.


Studio albums[edit]

Year Album Peak chart positions
As the Greg Johnson Set
1991 The Watertable -
1993 Everyday Distortions 25
1995 Vine Street Stories 8
As Greg Johnson
1997 Chinese Whispers 16
2000 Sea Breeze Motel 10
2003 The Lost EP -
2004 Here Comes The Caviar 20
2006 Anyone Can Say Goodbye 17
2008 Seven Day Cure 20
2010 Secret Weapon 15
2012 Exits 21
2015 Swing The Lantern

Compilation albums[edit]

Year Album Peak chart positions
2001 The Best Yet -
2006 Greatest Hits 24
2007 Me and Joanna
  • US-only release
2007 Trouble-Shooters Manual
  • US-only iTunes release

Live albums[edit]

Year Album Peak chart positions
2011 Small Towns Live -


Year Title Peak chart positions Album
As the Greg Johnson Set
1991 "Two Feet off the Ground" 47 Everyday Distortions
1992 "Isabelle" 7
"Talk In This Town" 22
1993 "Baby"
"Winter Song" 44 Non-album single
"Sun Beat Down" Vine Street Stories
1994 "Come On"
1995 "You Stay Out Of Your Life"
"Don't Wait Another Day" 34
As Greg Johnson
1995 "If I Swagger" Vine Street Stories
1996 "Softly On Me" Non-album single
1997 "Liberty" Chinese Whispers
"My Ship Is Sitting Low"
1999 "Hibiscus Song" Sea Breeze Motel
"Beautiful Storm" 26
2000 "Cut To The Chase"
2003 "Save Yourself" 24 Here Comes The Caviar
2004 "Kiss Me"
2005 "It's Been So Long"
"Don't Be The One"
2006 "Now The Sun Is Out" 28 Anyone Can Say Goodbye
2009 "I Got Opinions" Seven Day Cure

Bluespeak discography[edit]

  • Late Last Night (1992)
  • The Drinking Set
  • Dark Blue (1999)


  • NZ Tui Top Male Vocalist 1995
  • Winner APRA Silver Scroll for songwriting 1997 with the song "Liberty"
  • NZ Tui Best Compilation Album 2003 for "The Best Yet"

External links[edit]


  1. ^ "The Hills " Season 2 " Songs From the Show " Ep. 208". 
  2. ^ "Greg Johnson: Chart positions". Retrieved 4 November 2012.