Howard Johnson

Still known to many of his fans around the world as the ‘Prophet of Soul’, in the 1980’s Howard Johnson was making hits... and he’s still putting out quality music much to the delight of everyone…

HoJo started out as a performer in his hometown of Miami, became lead singer of Niteflyte enjoying several crossover hits, then became a solo artist with A&M Records. He’s still an independent performer and continues to wow fans around the world with his soulful sound.

He’s worked with an impressive list of fellow artists; Barry WhiteMadonnaPhyllis HymanBoyz II MenJermaine Jackson and Tom Jones. Over the years he’s toured extensively with fellow soul acts such as KashifMelba Moore & Lillo Thomas.

His 1982 funk jam ‘So Fine’ (which was actually a B-Side to ‘Keepin’ Love New’) made it to number 1 on the R&B charts and was all over black music radio in the USA at that time. It also did well in the UK reaching top 40’s status. Howard scored another massive R&B chart topper in three years later with ‘Stand Up’ and also gave us another UK dance floor fave with ‘Knees’, produced by the legendary duo Jam & Lewis.

More recent projects include ‘Jet Black Casanova’ (a tale of romance involving a man and woman on opposite sides of the skin colour and class divide) and in 2015 the single ‘Bring It On’ which received big support from soul radio in the UK & Europe. His A&M albums have also been re-issued by Dutch label PTG in the past few years.

It was an honour to have such a musical dignitary in our midst at Summer Soulstice and his performance on the 2018 Main Stage was a masterclass!

Howard and the main stage crowd at Summer Soulstice 2018.
Photo by Jamie Topham © Summer Soulstice Ltd.

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