316.2K+ monthly listeners
2.17M+ total listeners
Top 3 Countries (Last 28 days)
141K+ | United States
57K | New Zealand
41K | Australia
Top 3 Cities (Last 28 days)
27.9K | Auckland
21.2K | Los Angeles
14.6K | Honolulu
Facebook: 29K+ likes
Instagram: 121K+ followers
Twitter: 10.5K+ followers
Soundcloud: 5.5K+ followers
Youtube: 82K+ subscribers
3,000 ticketed headline dates in Hawaii & New Zealand
2,500 ticketed headline dates in Australia
2,000 ticketed headline dates in Southern California (sold out Anaheim House Of Blues twice)
1,500 ticketed headline dates on West Coast (San Francisco, Portland, Seattle, Las Vegas)
750 ticketed headline dates in Southwest (Salt Lake City, Phoenix, Dallas, Denver)
"SAMMY J ... KILLS IT ONCE AGAIN"
"POSITIVE AND UPLIFTING"
"EXHILARATING AND INTOXICATING"
Australian native, Sammy Johnson embraces his Maori and Polynesian roots to create positive and uplifting music. Blending together island reggae, soul and jazz vibes with heartfelt lyrics, Sammy's sound is exhilarating and intoxicating. Now based in the U.S., Sammy has seemingly exploded on the market selling out venues across the west coast and Hawaii. This can be attributed to his relentless hard work and dedication to his craft.
Sammy Johnson has been waving the flag for the Pacific Island sound and has quickly become a leader of the scene alongside new school artists like J Boog and veterans like Katchafire. The Native-Kiwi-now-Los-Angeles-resident, got his big break via Youtube after his video for "Don't Say Goodbye" became a viral sensation, racking up over 19,000,000 plays. Sammy who was working as a social worker at the time, made the decision to pursue music full-time following the newfound popularity of the song that soon became a staple of modern era Island Sound. Not too long after, he joined with Island Empire - home to groups like Common Kings, Analea Brown and Fiji.
"Opportunities like that don't happen to everyone," Johnson said. "I'm lucky enough it happened to me. Being Polynesian, a lot of Polynesian cultural stuff is done with reggae and I always had a passion for the old stuff, like Peter Tosh (of The Wailers)."
With his music spreading like wildfire, Johnson said his move to California in 2014 and musical quest to spread positive vibrations across the country has gone beyond what he could have ever imagined. Sammy Johnson has released four full-length albums, his debut "Prelude' in 2013, his self-titled album in 2014, peaking at #3 on the Billboard Reggae Charts, “Lion Roar” in 2016 - which also debuted on the Billboard Reggae Charts, and his newest album “Sleepwalker” released in early 2018. Sammy quickly capitalized on the success by embarking on a sold-out tour across the country with labelmates, Common Kings. With a powerful fan following, Sammy Johnson returned to New Zealand at the tail end of 2016 as one of the headliner's of One Love Music Festival and captivated the crowd of over 15,000 in attendance.
Sammy has remained busy releasing a constant influx of music since his breakthrough self-titled 2014 EP. He has since seen an organic growth as a result of his hard work and dedication to his craft, working as a music therapist social worker to a touring soul artist. Since his debut, Sammy Johnson has since enjoyed multiple sold-out performances and large festival appearances, and released his most recent EP ‘Moonlight Lovers’ late of last year.