After five years of cranking out original music with his Indiana boys and a band named bleedingkeys, Jeremy Johnson packed up and returned to his hometown of Bend, Oregon. During his tenure in the Midwest, his 5-piece band landed the attention of Klipsch Music Company’s CEO which would afford the band their most noteworthy accomplishment: opening for North Mississippi Allstars at the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas in 2013. A year later, the band signed onto Klipschs’ Emerging Artist program, which led to the professional video recording of one of Jeremy’s most emotion-filled songs, Empires Rise. Although the band felt the call of the road and pursuing full-time music at their fingertips— it was not to be, and in June 2017 Jeremy Johnson and his 5-piece family moved from the heart of the midwest back to Jeremy’s Central Oregon roots. If you ask Jeremy about his personal highlight as the lead singer-songwriter for one of Indianapolis’ most well-loved original bands he’ll tell you it was the time he and the guys recorded his most passion-filled album Ghost Again and sold out one of Indy’s finest original music venues, RadioRadio in 2014. As much as Jeremy loves sharing his soul through his lyrics to a crowd of listening ears, he loves the faithfulness of die-hard fans even more. Not just anyone gets a crowded bar on their feet singing the lyrics to their favorite jam, or packs the house at a last-minute farewell show with 400+ in attendance just to see the band perform one last time. Jeremy’s music is special and only those who have honestly struggled through difficulties of life can relate. From the shock of losing a loved one, to the depression comes after watching the evening news, to becoming outraged at the amount of greed in the world, to the battles that ensue in marriage and relationships—his music contains all of this and more. Listen carefully, and you’ll find yourself in his lyrics, just like hundreds of his fans already have. And when you listen to it, know that he is as original and genuine as the music he writes.
It can’t be mainstream because that’s just not them honestly. They don’t want to be Dave Matthews Band or O.A.R because they have no boundaries. It’s not about flashing lights, nice kicks, hotel rooms, or limo rides to the show. It’s not about girls, groupies, or the press, and it’s not about parties in the green room, expensive gear, and excessive tattoos. It’s about the people. It’s the reason why they love Maroon 5 and Ben Harper. It’s why Kayne West and Jared Letto joined forces, and why Elton John can perform with Lady Gaga. It’s why the Roots tour with anyone and everyone and why Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ “The Heist” has sold over 800,000 copies without any mainstream promotion or support. This is why Jeremy Johnson makes music. It’s a dream to have a common understanding and to be the great communicator. It won’t save the world but it can make the wounds, the hunger, the threats, the racism, the prejudice, and the negligence, a little easier to stand up against. They want to be the venue where multiple cultures are provoked to listen to thoughts, ideas, and exciting music. These are the thoughts and dreams that keep them up at night. This music is about combining blues, folk, rock and soul in a way that sound and textures pay respect and represent each genre with great appreciation. They want this to be a playground that has no limitations to its games. This is a place where singing, rapping, fingerpicking, and poetry can meet in one accord. This is where they wish to play. They want to resolve the anger and pain others feel. They want to show you that there are more similarities in their music to your experiences than you may realize. The single thing that makes two apparently opposing genres harmonize is the greatest commonality; that we are all human. We all experience the same feelings and emotions, though there may be different things that make us feel these emotions, and we may express them in different ways. Yet, their music is created for a reason… to bring us closer together.
—Jared Hiner, founder of kammyskause.org