Johnny Rodgers takes you on a guided tour of American Pop with original soft rock ballads, Taylor-flavored folk melodies, and sultry jazz arrangements. His compelling lyrics and on-stage charm complete the performance package ensuring the audience a pleasurable ride. Praised by Rex Reed as "a finger popping pianist and a terrific singer with range and style," He has won many awards and Billboard's World Song Contest. Johnny's debut CD Box of Photographs earned him instant acclaim from critics and radio across the country. His latest, Legends of American Music Vol. 1, captures the spirit of Louis Armstrong, Elvis, and others in a collection of favorite songs. The album is the essence of performances made as music ambassador for the U.S. State Department around the world. Two other EPs feature a Christmas original Lord Let The Angels Sing, with guest Ben Taylor and a big band swing duet with Liza Minnelli in Let's Make A Date. Find at iTunes, Amazon, & www.johnnyrodgers.com
Award-winning singer-songwriter-pianist, Johnny Rodgers knocks audiences out with his powerful vocals, sophisticated piano and emotionally charged songs. The Chicago Tribune calls him "a first-rate singer-songwriter with robust vocals and exuberant pianism." Johnny resides in New York City, but grew up in Miami and attended the University of Miami jazz program, graduating from Western Michigan University in jazz, piano and voice.
Johnny Rodgers is a favorite in the New York, East coast and Florida performance scenes - and is creating fans around the world. Johnny's original songs are for the sophisticated palate. He creates bubbly and romantic pop ballads, Taylor-laced melodies, and sultry jazz all stirred with piano driven rock. Johnny Rodgers' performances please not only with his original songs but also his boy-next-door charm and creamy, dreamy crooner's voice. He shares this new American Songbook and many timeless favorites made popular by Mel Torme, Hoagy Carmichael and more.
Johnny Rodgers Band was formed in New York City in 2003 to add musical depth to the road-tested original songs. Johnny pulled together accomplished musicians with vast experience who were familiar with performing in all styles from pop to jazz and classic rock.
Two years after the bands formation, the Johnny Rodgers Band's debut album, Box of Photographs was released. The songs take you on side trips to places like upbeat New Orleans and Memphis soul. The album includes Grammy-winner Randy Brecker and his legendary sound on several jazz style cuts on the twelve-track album.
Liza Minnelli discovered Rodgers and brought him on as her pianist and guest performer for her world tours, and he recently debuted on Broadway in the Tony Award winning Liza's At The Palace. Johnny co-wrote the show's featured song I Would Never Leave You which has also been sung on national television. Johnny Rodgers brings his talented band to the likes of Los Angeles Ford Amphitheatre, Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the premiere New York City clubs like Feinstein's and Birdland; Arturo Sandoval's and other Miami Beach jazz clubs; and many festivals like Festival Miami. Pop, rock, jazz. ALL...with pizAZZ! Also in 2008, Johnny released two EP's - the indie-pop Bound Together, featuring the Father's Day/graduation tribute The Best Of You In Me picked by Hal Leonard for a POP chorale arrangement, and Let's Make a Date, the title song being a big-band swing duet with Johnny and Liza Minnelli.
SELECTED 2010 - Jazz at Lincoln Ctr & US State Dept Rhythm Road Music Ambassador
WINNER 2010 - Nightlife Outstanding Cabaret Vocalist
WINNER 2009 - Unisong Song Contest for Performance
WINNER 2008 - ASCAP Foundation Song Writer Award
WINNER 2008 - 15th Annual Billboard World Song Contest - Americana/Folk category "Home to Mendocino"
WINNER 2008 - Fans voted "Midday Moon" #1 Jazz song on OurStage.com
WINNER 2008 - Fans voted "The Best Of You In Me" #1 on OurStage.com in July on the John Lennon Song Contest channel
Selected 2008 - Armed Forces Entertainment
WINNER - Songwriter's Hall of Fame - Abe Oldman Award 2002 (Is It The Way?)
WINNER - BackStage Bistro Award - Outstanding New York Debut 2002
WINNER - Best One Man Show - Show Business Weekly
WINNER - MAC Award - Best Male New York Debut 2002
Johnny Rodgers/Johnny Rodgers Band
Let's Make A Date - Melody Thread 2008 - Produced by Richard Barone
Bound Together - Melody Thread 2008 - Produced by Richard Barone
Box of Photographs - PS Classics 2005 - Produced by Richard Barone
Johnny Rodgers Recordings/Songs
Love Song To New Orleans "Miss Dixie" - Themusiclibrary.org 2009
Liza's At The Palace "I Would Never Leave You" - Hybrid Recordings 2008
Liza's At The Palace "ACT II" - Hybrid Recordings 2008
Hallways: the Songs of Carol Hall "Change In Me" - LML Music 2008
Sweethearts: Multi-Artist Pop Hits Vol 1 "Special Light" - Oceanlight Records 2008
Jule Styne in Hollywood "Brooklyn Bridge"- PS Classics 2006
3 Men and a Baby...Grand, Salute the Rat Pack - LML Music 2006
Little Kisses, co-written & performs - Jolie Jones Music 2006
Maury Yeston Song Book "Danglin" - PS Classics 2003
Johnny Rodgers Band; Johnny Rodgers, producer
In Good Company - Lee Lessack LML Music 2005
Waiting for the Glaciers to Melt - Brian Lane Green LML Music 2005