This week, Ira Sternberg spoke with Chadwick Johnson. In this 30-minute episode of Talk About Las Vegas, Johnson talks about making the transition -from performing duets with his grandmother in church, team roping and horse training, and performing the national anthem at more than 40 rodeo competitions throughout the country – to becoming a singer-songwriter and performing artist; how a night in Palm Springs inspired him to record an album; how he discovered that people want a personal connection from performers; and how tough the business of show business can be.
Born in Wisconsin, Johnson spent his early years performing duets with his grandmother in church and training horses on his family’s ranch. He is a former (National High School Rodeo Association) NHSRA rodeo champion, his involvement in team roping and horse training jump started his desire for a career in music. By the age of 17 he had performed the national anthem at more than 40 rodeo competitions throughout the country, for several thousand people. In pursuit of a career as a recording artist, Chadwick relocated to Los Angeles, where his performances led him to collaborative efforts with several influential songwriters and Producers such as: David Foster, Allan Rich, Jud Friedman, Michael Jay, Art Reynolds, and Judithe Randall.