Johnny Schaefer


Johnny Schaefer is a Los Angeles-based singer and songwriter of eclectic music. He has a BA in Music (Composition and Voice) from California State University, Fullerton. While attending school there, he placed third in the Vocal Arts competition. He has sung backup for Josh Groban, Melissa Manchester, Sarah Brightman, Sarah Vaughan, Pete Townsend, Billy Idol, Diahann Carroll, and others. He is a winner in Melissa Manchester's "Fanchester Video Cover Contest" for his mashup of Melissa's "Midnight Blue and Lights of Dawn." He has collaborated with Producer Stephan Oberhoff (Heartbeat Brazil), Bram Stoker Award-winning author and lyricist Elizabeth Massie, best-selling author Marianne Williamson, Carol Robbins-jazz harpist, Christoph Bull, Paul the Trombonist, Chad Ellis, and composer Lynn Kowal. He has been a cantor at Blessed Sacrament Church in Hollywood, CA since 1981. Johnny has two albums. One is an eclectic mix of mostly original tunes. The other is a Christmas album taking the listener from Advent through Epiphany. 7 of the songs are original and 7 are classics.

Johnny's latest single, Finlandia Brasileira, is a Bossa Nova treatment of a Christmas lyric Johnny wrote to the beloved melody, Finlandia, by Jean Sibelius. Producer Stephan Oberhoff of Heartbeat Brazil, fresh from co-producing with Quincy Jones, created the latin soundscape. 

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A Scott Galloway-Jazz Writer

"As we officially melt into "the holidays" this week, I am sending out a universal prayer that we harbor in our hearts the message of this touching new song/video "Finlandia Brasileria" by Bossa Nova singer JOHNNY SCHAEFER. Like my mother has revealed to me year after year, always save a place at your table for those alone, lonely or in need - this time of the year and any time of the year."

 "A truly enchanting moment of the show was when Melissa Manchester invited Fanchester contest winner Johnny Schaefer on stage for a stunning duet of Whenever I Call You Friend."



"In a time when one iPod might shuffle tunes by Jason Mraz, David Bowie, Lady Gaga and Bach, Johnny Schaefer offers an intriguing mix of 17 eclectic tunes."

No Depression: The Roots Music Authority

"Given the emotional depth of his singing and the strength of his lyrical content, it becomes quickly obvious that Schaefer’s genre hopping isn’t a case of executing it for its own sake. He is simply an artist with a passion for various styles of music, and he will not allow any boundaries to limit his creative scope."