Musician Gary Johnson performs at university

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]Gary Johnson, a Sylvan Beach, N.Y. native, recently performed on the Clarion University campus. On Jan. 15, the solo artist sang and played guitar live in Gemmell Food Court.
Johnson is a part of the National Association for Campus Activities. Unlike other musical performers, Johnson’s show was strictly by “text-request only,” which meant that members of theGary Johnson crowd were invited to send him text requests for which songs they wanted to hear, and he played them.
Johnson started out playing music when he was about 2 years old. He was raised in a family of musicians and now plays many instruments, including piano, bass, guitar, drums and banjo. He loves performing, and his favorite genre to perform is “anything that people interact with.”
The show lasted for around two hours. During that time, Johnson played about 13 songs, including pop, rock and country. Some songs he played include, “I Want It That Way” by the Backstreet Boys, “Mambo No. 5” by Lou Bega and “Say Something” by A Great Big World. Other artists he covered include Justin Bieber, Third Eye Blind, Eiffel 65 and Bowling For Soup.
Johnson claims to be influenced by the Beatles, Boston and Third Eye Blind. He formerly toured with the lead singer from the band Boston, and has collaborated with members from the Fray, Seether and Breaking Benjamin to produce various original albums.
Freshman Audrey Platz said that she enjoyed hearing Johnson perform.
“He was active with the crowd, friendly and talented.” Her favorite song which he played was “Home” by Phillip Phillips and “The Cupid Shuffle.”
Brittany Platz, a senior mid-level science major, also enjoyed dancing along to “The Cupid Shuffle.” “I was in a bad mood today,” Platz said. “This made my night.”
Also in attendance was sophomore Carrie Rugh who liked the show a lot. Her favorite song performed was “I Want It That Way” by the Backstreet Boys.
Food server and student Ashley Eck also got to listen to the music while working in the Gemmell Food Court. Eck is a senior mid-level math education major who thought Johnson was “pretty good,” and she enjoyed listening while she worked. Her favorite song played was “Semi Charmed Life” by Third Eye Blind.
Recently, Johnson has been nominated for 2014 Musician of the Year by Campus Life Magazine. “My favorite part of performing is meeting new people and getting to travel,” Johnson says.
To find out more information on Johnson, go to gjsolo.com.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_facebook type=”standard”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_tweetmeme type=”horizontal”][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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