Johnson is a full-blood Dineí (Navajo) American Indian, born in
Shiprock, New Mexico (United States), in 1961. Though born in New
Mexico, Johnson was raised in Teec Nos Pos, AZ. Johnsonís family consists
of his mother, second oldest brother and two nieces.
Johnson's oldest brother passed on in 1971 and his father in the late 1990s . D Johnson is the youngest
of three brothers.
released his first CD Album, entitled "Midnight Song", in 2001
with VPR label. His debut CD is a compilation of songs he had written
during prior years. Two songs from this debut CD, "Only Wind
Blowing Sand", and "One Winter's Day", became the theme
tracks to two national Silver Telly Award-winning documentary videos.
Billy Williams of MCA Records, who had produced several albums with MCA
Country Music Recording Artist Lyle Lovett, produced both songs.
Additionally, "Only Wind Blowing Sand" became Song Number Nine in
the 2006 Super Country Hits Top 50 Songs List for the year. "Midnight
Song" went to #1 for one week in November 2006 on NCI FM-Radio of
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada and later "Midnight Song" went to #1 for
two-weeks on Super Country Hits in January 2007.
Johnson is currently
performing again, but more on a part-time basis. Johnson would like to
mostly resort to just writing songs and recording. He simply states
"...I'm getting older now and the music business market is mostly
interested in the younger talent. Us older musicians seem to be better
at just writing songs for the younger generation. ...They're better
looking anyway (He chuckles)". In the late 1980s and early
1990s, Johnson formed Night Gun Band. They played with many
national artists, including John Anderson, Asleep At The Wheel, Mark
Chesnutt, Faith Hill, The Kendalls, the Kentucky Headhunters, Doug
Kershaw, Tracy Lawrence, Michael Martin Murphy, and Johnny Rodriguez.
Johnson and Night Gun Band performed at many prestigious concerts in
Arizona, California, Colorado, New Mexico, and Utah, as well as
throughout the country. After a ten-to-fifteen year absence from the
music scene, Johnson returned to performing in 2004, with a full-scale
band beginning in September of 2005. In 2008, Johnson relieved
the reformed Night Gun Band members from the group and encouraged them
to freelance with other artists. From time to time, Johnson and Night
Gun Band members get together for "Jam" sessions. If you're lucky, you
just might run into one of those Saturday night "jams" somewhere in a
Juke Joint hammering away at some good 'ole Country music mixed with
Classic Rock and Blues tunes. Every so often, Johnson may share with you
a moving ballad with that rich, deep and resonating voice he is so well
much more Johnson will do in the future remains to be seen, but itís
apparent that he never lost his pizzazz and wonderfully rich musical
voice. You can never get enough of listening to Johnson. Should you ever
get the chance to see his
performance, you'll know why Johnson continues to have such a large
and loyal following.