Johnny Jolin

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Johnny Jolin
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Johnny Jolin performing in Watsontown, PA May, 2011
Background information
Birth nameJohnny LaRue Jolin
Born (1964-10-17) October 17, 1964 (age 54)
OriginMontoursville, Pennsylvania
Genrescountry, rock, singer-songwriter, gospel
Instrumentsvocals, guitar
Years active1991 - present
LabelsLWM Records USAgency Entertainment Division
Associated actsThe Front Porch Country Band, John Anderson, Hank Williams III
Websitehttp://www.johnnyjolin.com

Johnny Jolin (born October 17, 1964 in Williamsport, Pennsylvania) is a notable American country music artist best known as the frontman of the critically acclaimed Johnny Jolin Band,[1][2] being the lead vocalist for Country/Folk group The Front Porch Country Band[3] and in 2011 by his Top-Ten hit single "Thank God."[4][5][6]

His career began after winning a talent search competition during his ten years of service in the U.S. Army.[7] Before reaching “head-liner” status he spent his early days opening for many popular Nashville recordings artists of the 1990s including Confederate Railroad, Hank Williams III, David Lee Murphy, Ricochet, Jeff Carson, Mel McDaniel, Chely Wright and Steve Wariner.[8] Hank Williams III deemed Jolin “The Eddie Van Halen of Country Music” because of his blend of guitar solos and country classics which also garnered him the title Rockin' Rollin' Johnny Jolin.[9] He is known for his “raw, edgy vocal”[10] and is sometimes compared to Country Music great John Anderson.[11]

In April, 2004 Johnny was invited by the US. China Foundation to do a two-week tour of Mainland China as front man of The Front Porch Country Band.[12][13]

After heavy east coast touring Jolin began receiving regional country radio airplay which led to his popular self-penned live songs “Girl Like That” and “Bedroom Eyes” getting picked up by nationally syndicated Conman Radio.[14] "Girl Like That" and "Bedroom Eyes" were co-written with Cal Phillips.[15]

On May 10, 2010 Johnny Jolin and the Front Porch Country Band opened for Randy Travis.[16]

On June 17, 2010 Johnny Jolin signed with Nashville's LWM Records.[17] The label's website states: "LWM Records is a co-venture between Living Wills Music (BMI) and country music star Johnny Jolin."[18]

On April 9, 2011 he released his LWM Records debut single “Thank God” to radio.[19] The single climbed the Christian Country Top 100 for 6-months before peaking at No. 6 in November, 2011.[20][21] "Thank God" was written by Nashville songwriter Andrew Scott Wills.

LWM Records released Johnny Jolin's "Thank God" follow-up single to iTunes and Country radio on November 11, 2011 titled "Tell That To God."[22] The single peaked at No. 29 and was written by Nashville writers Chad Tyler and Andrew Scott Wills.

On Saturday, June 9, 2012 LWM Records announced Jolin would release a new single titled "Valley of the Shadow" deeming Tuesday June 12, 2012 the release date.[23]

On Monday, August 20, 2012 Johnny Jolin announced on Facebook, Twitter and his official website that he was "retiring from playing music live as Johnny Jolin or in any other form" upon the grounds that God had convicted him of pride.[24][25][26]

Singles[edit]

Year Single Chart Positions
Christian Country Top 100 Christian Voice Top 100
2011 "Thank God" (re-mix) 6
2012 "Tell That To God" 29
2012 "Valley of the Shadow" - 81

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.sungazette.com/page/content.detail/id/510671.html
  2. ^ http://reviews.countrymusictattletale.com/Reviews/d/Johnny_Jolin_Thanks_God-676-1720836.html[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ http://www.frontporchcountryband.com/MeetTheBand.html
  4. ^ http://www.mi2n.com/press.php3?press_nb=131150
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2003-04-09. Retrieved 2011-12-19.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ http://www.ezflipmags.com/Magazines/View/PowerSource_Magazine/7/
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-10-12. Retrieved 2011-12-20.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  8. ^ http://www.sungazette.com/page/content.detail/id/510671.html?nav=5016
  9. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-04-07. Retrieved 2011-12-19.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  10. ^ http://reviews.countrymusictattletale.com/reviews/d/UserReview-Johnny_Jolin_Thanks_God-676-1720836-204323-Johnny_Jolin_Thank_God_.html[permanent dead link]
  11. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-06-10. Retrieved 2010-01-06.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  12. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-02-01. Retrieved 2011-12-19.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  13. ^ http://www.voanews.com/english/news/a-13-a-2004-05-05-1-1-67347927.html?moddate=2004-05-05
  14. ^ http://www.sungazette.com/page/content.detail/id/510671.html?nav=5016
  15. ^ http://top40-charts.com/news.php?nid=57274
  16. ^ http://www.trentonian.com/articles/2009/05/07/entertainment/doc4a03041ec73d2508346239.txt
  17. ^ http://www.mi2n.com/press.php3?press_nb=131150
  18. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-04-26. Retrieved 2011-12-19.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  19. ^ https://news.yahoo.com/johnny-jolin-turns-heads-single-20110409-070500-735.html
  20. ^ http://www.ezflipmags.com/Magazines/View/PowerSource_Magazine/7/
  21. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-04-26. Retrieved 2011-12-19.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  22. ^ http://www.musicnewsnashville.com/johnny-jolin-celebrates-hit-releases-follow-up
  23. ^ http://mi2n.com/press.php3?press_nb=154764
  24. ^ http://johnnyjolin.com
  25. ^ https://www.facebook.com/johnnyjolin/posts/10150231808019956?ref=notif&notif_t=feed_comment
  26. ^ http://mi2n.com/press.php3?press_nb=156914

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