Guitar, lead vocals

Michael Johnston is a professionally trained guitarist and vocalist, having studied music theory and performance at the Peabody Conservatory at Johns Hopkins, followed by a focus on jazz performance at Western Connecticut State University. He realized that he wanted to pursue a career as a musician as a teenager, when he was introduced to various musical genres in a household filled with music.  Over the next two decades, Mike developed his fluency in these genres as an accomplished player of jazz, rock, gospel, country, pop, R&B, funk and fusion. He has played with various musical luminaries such as Rufus Reid and Jimmy Heath, and played guitar on Billy Powell’s latest recording.  Mike also entertained tirelessly as the principal guitar player on the cruise ship Carnival Dream. Mike can also play drums, bass guitar, and provides solid lead and background vocals with Charisma.