Jim Johnston
Composer / Producer

When I was ten years old, my parents took me to an amusement park. I heard music playing in the distance, and quickly dragged my reluctant family in that direction. There was a band playing up on a brightly lit stage. They were all dressed in red sequined suits, playing electric guitars and drums. The music lit me up, and life changed forever in that heartbeat. My parents had to drag me away.

Early on, I played trumpet in school band, but dreamed of playing guitar. Unfortunately, I didn’t have a guitar, so I tried to make one from scraps of plywood. No good. My parents made me take piano lessons which didn’t work out well. Under substantial pressure, my Dad rented a guitar for me...rented, suspecting this would be a short lived fantasy. I played that lousy acoustic until my fingers bled. A year later, I got a Kent electric for Christmas…a genuinely horrible guitar. To call it a guitar was both generous and misleading. To press the strings down was a form of weightlifting. It was, however, an electric guitar, so I felt like an official rock and roll guy. I played every second I could. Soon, I was in bands, but usually had my back to the audience or was hiding behind an amp...a concession to chronic stage fright.

There’s a line in ‘The Sound Of Music’ that always resonates with me, “my heart will be blessed with the sound of music”. That’s me. When a lawn mower starts up in the distance, somehow I will hear a melody and rhythm, I hear music. It’s not a choice, it’s just how it goes.

I started writing songs with my best friend in high school, who went on to become an Oscar nominated screen writer. Then, in college, I wrote songs with my roommate, who went on to become a successful producer in Hollywood. After college, I was on my own, and eventually landed in WWE, unknowingly creating a new genre...‘entrance themes’, later called 'walk-up music'. Thirty years later, here I am, ready for a new chapter.

I’m writing new music every day. I'm fortunate and blessed to have an amazing studio that inspires me every time I walk through the door. My goal is to write more film and tv scores, and continue to write songs in every genre. The emotional power of music never ceases to amaze me.

I hope you'll follow my progress, and know how grateful I am to all those who have been with me along the way.