Vashon Johnson

Miley Cyrus / 'The Lion King' / Saturday Night Live Band Sub

Hartke is my musical 'voice'. I find that it translates to audiences well, cultivating more musical acknowledgment and presence without overshadowing the artist.”

At a very early age, Vashon Johnson discovered his profound love of music. It wasn't long before he began turning industry ears with a unique style and solid command of his instrument, eventually leading to performance opportunities with such artists as Betty Carter, Dianne Reeves, Miley Cyrus, Natasha Bedingfield, Madonna, Mary J. Blige, Whitney Houston, Donald Fagen, Joan Jett, Carly Simon, Patti LaBelle, Shania Twain, Wynton Marsalis, Stephanie Mills, Shanice, Deborah Cox, CL Smooth, Philippe Saisse, Marc Antoine, The Flaming Lips, Trisha Yearwood, Noah Cyrus, Jessica Simpson, Boyz II Men, Billy Ray Cyrus, Cristian Castro, Yolanda Adams, Sheryl Crow, Ariana Grande, Ingrid Michaelson, Seal, The Jonas Brothers, Greg Osby, B.B. King, Janet Jackson and others, not to mention various television appearances. Vashon is currently working on a forthcoming debut solo project, as well as various session work, and can also be seen performing with Lenny White (Return to Forever), the Broadway production of Disney's The Lion King and subbing with the Saturday Night Live Band.

Photo: © Tom Stenback