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You've found the official page of award-winning eclectic singer/songwriter Johnny Schaefer. I've been singing my whole life and wrote my first song at the age of four. I have a BA in voice and composition from Cal State University, Fullerton. In 2022 I was honored to accept an invitation to join the Recording Academy as a Grammy® voter. A 2021 release fulfills a lifelong dream of singing with GRAMMY® Award-Winning singer-songwriter and American Songbook Hall of Fame New Standard Award Winner, Melissa Manchester. The song, You Can't Hide the Light  was a Finalist in three categories in the prestigious 2021 UK Songwriting Contest, winning the "Best Original Song" category in a special partnership with Music Aid International, whose judges weighed in as well. I was also an official nominee representing the USA in the International Songwriting Awards in the "Best Solo Songwriter" category. I have sung backup for Ms. Manchester, Josh Groban, Sarah Brightman, Pete Townshend, Billy Idol, Diahann Carroll and others. I  was a Semi-Finalist in four categories in the UK Songwriting Contest in 2020 and a Semi-Finalist in six categories in 2021 for two different songs each year. I don't try to sound like anyone else and I let each song tell me the style it wants to be, so you will hear me using a full palette of musical colors. On this site you can listen to, and purchase my music, read lyrics and stories behind the songs, watch videos, sign up for info on new releases, and comment. Sign the guestbook and let me know where you're from! My Christmas album From Here to Nativity was funded, in part, by wonderful fans and is available worldwide on iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, Spotify, Deezer, and many other online retailers and streaming services. CDs are also available. My singles are digital releases, only.  Please watch for the November 23 , 2022 release of "You Paved the Way" featuring Grammy® Award-winner Kimaya Seward. I'm so glad you are here. Thanks for supporting Indie Music.     

You Paved the Way

Johnny Schaefer ft. Kimaya Seward

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"On my daily walks I often spend time expressing gratitude for what I see around me. Gratitude is a huge part of my life and I try to practice it in every setting. I believe we get more of what we focus on. On one such walk I started thinking of all the thousands of people over time who had contributed to what I was seeing. The architects and

"On my daily walks I often spend time expressing gratitude for what I see around me. Gratitude is a huge part of my life and I try to practice it in every setting. I believe we get more of what we focus on. On one such walk I started thinking of all the thousands of people over time who had contributed to what I was seeing. The architects and bulders and planners and the inventors... We are all buildng upon what was done before so that we are not starting from scratch. A song started to come to me and by the time I had finished my walk most of this song had been formed. I was thrilled to be joined in the studio by Kimaya Seward, who brought a wonderful energy and her beautiful voice to the project. Thank you, Stephan, for bringing her to the party. I hope that people might see this song as a way to thank those who paved the way in their own lives." -Johnny Schaefer

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See and hear Johnny perform "Whenever I Call You Friend" with Grammy® Winner Melissa Manchester

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