Singing duo? What? Are there any anymore? Well, there is a pair of singers, Amanda Sudano and Abner Ramirez of Johnnyswim, married to each other in fact, that may be starting a new trend in singing duos. Why? Well simply put, they’re that good.
Taking you back to a time when music was “real” music, Johnnyswim’s new EP Heart Beats is soothing to the soul and strikes deep to the bone. Their voices blend together in such melodious harmony, you can’t help but think that these two were meant to make music together. Folk, soul, blues and pop may be words used to describe the music they write and play, but does real good music even need a description?
Meeting as young adults while living in Nashville, Sudano and Ramirez paired their common music interests after working together in a songwriting workshop conducted by Abner.
“We both had so many different music influences growing up,” says Amanda, who happens to be the daughter of music legends Donna Summer and musician/songwriter Bruce Sudano. It’s been 8 years in the making with a couple of records released independently before Johnnyswim signed a record deal with Big Picnic Records and got the distribution of their music that they needed and now are enjoying. “ We decided after working with different producers to do something on our own. So we got a microphone and laptop and recorded Home Vol. I,” said Abner. He goes on to say, “ It gave us the leverage to get the kind of record deal that we wanted.” It has also got them the ear from other artists that are riding on a high right now like Emeli Sande. Johnnyswim recently completed 4 dates on Sande’s tour schedule as her opening act.
Before heading to San Francisco for their show at the world renown Yoshi’s on November 13, I had the pleasure of chatting with Johnnyswim about where their name came from, their new EP Heart Beats and its title track’s beautiful music video, being married in life and in music, the advantages to being genre diverse, and the experience of performing with Emeli Sande.
Johnnyswim will be performing at Yoshi’s in San Francisco on November 13. Go to www.yoshis.com for more information and tickets.
Upcoming performances for Johnnyswim include the following:
Nov 17 Uncasville, CT Venue: Mohegan Sun, Wolf Den
Dec 1 Nashville, TN Venue: 3rd & Lindsey (Lightning 100 live broadcast)
Dec 17 Houston, TX Venue: The Mucky Duck
For updates on Johnnyswim’s 2014 album release and concert schedule, follow them at www.Johnnyswim.com