Darwin Johnson was born to a young immigrant couple from Kingston, JA West Indies. He was the seventh of nine musically gifted children. At the age of seven, his father taught him to play the bass guitar, an instrument he loved from as early as he could remember.
It was not long after that Darwin was playing at local churches around Ft. Lauderdale with his father, who played guitar. It was in church where he developed his musical ear and could soon play songs he had never heard before as though he was at the rehearsal. As the years went on Darwin continued to hone his skills throughout middle school and high school by playing in the marching band, jazz band and in rock bands with his friends. The biggest musical challenge that Darwin faced was in the high school jazz band when he confronted sight-reading music, something he had never done before. After a lot of hard work and practice, it soon became second nature and thus another musical skill added to his repertoire.
Darwin joined the jazz band and the gospel choir while attending the University of Florida. There he had opportunities to tour and play for prominent gospel artists. However, knowing he wanted more, he finally made the move to Los Angeles, CA to take his musical career to another level. Since the move to L. A., he has played at New Christ Memorial Church where the legendary singer/songwriter/world-renowned recording artist Andraé Crouch is the Senior Pastor. Darwin also toured and played with R&B and Pop recording artists such as Chante Moore, Jesse Powell, Jesse McCartney, Kelly Clarkson, Ludacris, Deborah Cox, Stephen Simmonds, Kelly Price, and Anastacia and has played on recordings like Ashanti’s “Happy” and national television shows such as The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Soul Train, Craig Kilborn, The CBS Early Show, The David Letterman Show, The Bonnie Hunt Show, Ellen, The Wayne Brady Show, Regis & Kelly, Carson Daly and BET Live in LA. In recent years, Darwin played with Atlantic recording artist, Joe Firstman, while opening up for Sheryl Crow and the legendary Willie Nelson and whose debut album, The War of Women, is destined to be a classic.
While with Hollywood Recording artist, Josh Kelley, you will find Darwin singing background, playing bass and even had co-writes on Josh’s sophomore album entitled ‘Almost Honest’. When he was not on the road you could turn on Last Call with Carson Daly and watch him in the house band lead by Joe Firstman. He currently plays for, Grammy Award winning artist, Colbie Caillat.
Music is a beautiful form of expression that we, as humans, are capable of creating and enjoying. Plato said, “Music and rhythm find their way into the secret places of the soul.” It is a special calling to be an artist and musician and Darwin feels honored to be one of those special people.