RIYL: Suzanne Vega, Judy Collins
Influences: Joan Baez, Judy Collins, Rita Coolidge, Janis Ian
Deborah Liv Johnson was raised in the desert community of Ridgecrest, California, where her first love of music was drumming. At St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota, she lettered in track and developed a presence as a singer-songwriter with stints at the campus coffeehouse and downtown clubs.
Graduating with a degree in creative writing, Johnson moved to San Diego to continue her music career. Image-rich lyrics and well-crafted melodies became her trademark. Often flying solo, Johnson’s performances showcase the eclectic nature of her songwriting, highlighting deft guitar work and vocals, as she moves easily between blues, ballads, folk, country, and jazz standards.
Johnson has released several CDs on her own Mojave Sun Records label.