bio: Johnny Schaefer - Singer/Songwriter
Johnny Schaefer is an eclectic Los Angeles-based singer/songwriter. He has a BA in Music (Composition and Voice) from California State University, Fullerton. He has sung backup for Josh Groban, Melissa Manchester, Sarah Vaughan, Sarah Brightman, Pete Townsend, Billy Idol, Diahann Carroll, and others. He has been a Semi-Finalist in six categories in the 2020 and 2021 UK Songwriting Contest. He has collaborated with Producer Stephan Oberhoff (Heartbeat Brazil), Bram Stoker Award-winning author and lyricist Elizabeth Massie, jazz harpist Carol Robbins, Christoph Bull, Paul the Trombonist, Steven Cagan, best-selling author Marianne Williamson, composer Michael J Lewis, Gary Stockdale, Chad Ellis, and composer Lynn Kowal. He has sung on projects as diverse as children’s records, musical theater, and opera. He has been a cantor and soloist 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. Seven of the songs are original and seven are classics. Johnny's new single, You Can’t Hide the Light, was written just after being a caregiver for his cancer-stricken mother during the COVID lockdown. He is joined on the song by GRAMMY® Award-winner Melissa Manchester, fulfilling a decades-long dream. Manchester calls the song “Wildly listenable.” Producer Stephan Oberhoff, an affiliate of Quincy Jones, produced the track. Johnny is married to Videographer Paco Silva and has been active in the LGBTQ arts community.
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Bossa Nova Christmas lyric set to Finlandia by Jean Sibelius