Singer/songwriter Lara Johnston is on the rise with her captivating, soulful voice and creative spirit. Influenced by Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, Mick Jagger, and Beyonce, Lara has a vocal tone that is unlike any other and a fiery, dynamic stage presence to match. She has shared the bill with such acts as Willie Nelson, Tower of Power, Huey Lewis and the News, Pablo Cruise, The Doobie Brothers, Journey, Heart, Sammy Hagar, Cheap Trick, KISS, and most recently, Leon Russell and Lynyrd Skynyrd. She has also shared the stage with Michael McDonald, Bonnie Raitt, Steve Miller, and others. She's had the opportunity to watch, and learn from, some of the best musicians in the business. During the past two years, Lara has been touring throughout the US, Europe, and Canada, writing and co-writing songs in LA, London, and Nashville, and balancing her career pursuits with her time as a student in USC's Thornton School of Music. She won third place in BMI's John Lennon Songwriting Scholarship competition for her original song, “Mister (Be My Man).” And 2011 has been a whirlwind: Lara finished writing and recording a new 10-song album in Nashville, opened up for rockers KISS, and spent her summer touring around the United States and Canada with solo shows and dates opening for the Doobie Brothers. This fall, Lara sang background vocals for Don Henley of the Eagles. In late October, she also contributed her vocal talents to the America's Got Talent Live show at Caesar's Colosseum in Las Vegas. In November Lara performed alongside artists like Jim Belushi (for a Project Angel Food benefit concert in Hollywood). In December she sang alongside Narada Michael Walden, and Carlos Santana (for Narada's annual holiday concert in Mill Valley).
Also in December, Lara had an amazing opportunity to make two TV appearances. I sang the duet, "Baby, It's Cold Outside," with 2011 America's Got Talent winner Landau Eugene Murphy, Jr. on The Wendy Williams Show and also on the Piers Morgan Tonight Christmas Special.