An old soul in a 21st century body, Penn Johnson is raising vibrations by weaving mysterious virtue through lyrical storytelling. With a deep reverence for nature, yoga, and meditation, he travels across the country in his van living a minimalist plant-based lifestyle, spreading seeds of mindfulness. To get to know Penn you can host him for a campfire concert or join him at a live music yoga class. Penn has shared the stage with Desert Dwellers, Nathan Feinstein (Iya Terra), Treehouse!, Sun-Dried Vibes, Joey Harkum (Pasadena), Brandon Hardesty (Bumpin Uglies), and One Tribe Movement at festivals such as South Florida Folk Festival, The March Against Monsanto, and Surrounded By The Sound.
Other venues include:
The Mint in L.A., The Velvet Lounge in D.C., The Saxon Pub in Austin, Higher Ground in Burlington, and the Zeiterian Theatre in New Bedford.
Penn's sound is best described as danceable spoken word with poetic vocals, catchy conscious hooks, and upbeat/relaxed percussive strumming. His latest record Experiencing Turbulence includes songs like 'Another Year,' an anthem about 'opening our minds to forgiveness,' 'Not Here To Argue,' a precursor explaining Penn is 'here to tell stories and then take his leave,' and 'Ohm Mani Padme Hum' a mantra about the impermanence of our human existence. Penn's newest unreleased material is a spiritual sage-bomb shedding light into the dark forests of consciousness and illuminating a more harmonious life.
What People Say
"He speaks from experience and his teaching tone is compassionate and direct. I hear Dylan and Tom Waits in his music, but without the triple meaning phrases and with a much better voice. He strums well and he fingerpicks fine, but the lyrics and the message are always the focus. This cat is the real deal."
–A.J WACHTEL, THE NOISE
"Penn Johnson's songs tell stories that resonate soulfully while connecting with audiences on an intimate level. He makes accessible powerful narratives touching on timeless issues, and his unique sound works in any venue or medium. As a radio host I have worked with him live in the studio, and listeners seem to relate positively to his unique style. As do I."
-- Nick Noble, THE FOLK REVIVAL, WICN - Worcester Public Radio
"A climate leader of the millenial generation."
"Just as David was a master of the lyre, so it helps to have a fine musician like Penn Johnson deep in the middle of this combat!"
– Bill McKibben, Author & Founder of 350.org