Producer and ethnomusicologist William Johnson has released a new Christmas medley with a performance video featuring notable musicians based in Fayetteville, Pinehurst and Charlotte.
The “Silent Night” and “First Noel” medley also includes a jazzy Afro-Cuban improvised outro from internationally acclaimed Berklee graduate Dimitris Sevdalis (recorded from his studio in Athens, Greece).
Johnson collaborated with vocalist LaSherrie Draughon, of Fayetteville, who lends her incredible soulful vocals over the medley. The song combines the talented banjo and dobro work of Charlotte-based Bradford Bailey, who injects a North Carolina folk inspired groove over the rhythm and blues tones of Curtis Bos Rhodes/keyboard while Zach Pessagno’s violin gently dances with Draughon’s vocals.
Johnson’s daughter also makes a cameo in the video marking time with the shakers and clave. “Silent Night/ The First Noel” was mixed and video recorded in William’s recording studio in Pinehurst.
William Johnson records regularly from his studio providing percussion, and original compositions for music artists, producers, television, podcasts (etc.) around the world. In-between performing live, and teaching music, the 41-year-old producer, composer, and percussionist publishes vlogs, performance videos, and tutorials on his YouTube channel which has garnished thousands of subscribers and nearly one million views.
Johnson is a U.S. Air Force veteran and graduate of Fayetteville State University with a bachelor’s degree in history, and also holds a master’s degree in ethnomusicology from Liberty University.
To learn more about William Johnson and his music visit www.williamjohnsonmusic.com.