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Living Blues Awardee Bruce Mississippi Johnson released his long-awaited debut album ‘ The Deal Baby’ in May 2017 marking a milestone in his career that spans nearly 38 years. "The Deal Baby" consists of 12 original songs by Bruce and Johan Dalgaard, with a sound that straddles contemporary old school blues, soul & funky music, which is as original and inventive as the man himself. The rhythmic backbone bears testament to Bruce and Johan's shared love of blues, soul and funky music. The album was recorded at Studio Davout and Studio De La Reine in Paris, France. It was auto produced by Bruce and Johan and mixed by Grammy Award-winning sound engineer Veronica Ferraro at Super Sonic Scale Studios in France.
‘’It’s an Impressive, long brewing introduction to a fine dramatic storyteller in the Bobby Bland soul-blues tradition with 70’s Influences’’ ~ The Wall Street Journal
‘’To Thrive in the 21st Century, the blues needs more artists like Bruce ‘’Mississippi’’ Johnson ‘’ ~ Living Blues Magazine
Born in Mississippi the heart of the musically fertile area that is America’s ‘deep south’, Bruce Johnson is a man who was born to sing. As a child in his grandfather’s church, and later, in the company of his father’s record collection, he got the kind of musical education most folks can only dream about. Listening to soulful voices like Al Green, his cousin Jackie Wilson, Lou Rawls, and Gil Scott Heron, Bruce discovered he could sing. Towards the end of a 7-year stint serving his country as a U. S. Marine the realization dawned on Bruce that he had what it took to make a career of it and he began to perform. Playing clubs and concerts in Kinshasa, Zaire where he was stationed performing the songs of Gil Scott Heron he began to find his feet as a frontman. Bruce realized early on that he was not made for a military career and after being transferred from Kinshasa to Paris, France he continued to perform taking on as many gigs as he could and quickly gaining notice for his one of a kind voice and his one of a kind looks. Nobody failed to see his six foot four frame as he took to the stage, but when it gave fly to the effortlessly soulful bass-baritone voice that is his true blessing, the audiences were truly spellbound.
Having formed a formidable reputation on the Parisian Jazz scene working with the luminaries of the city, expats that had played with stars such as Stan Getz and Sammy Davis Jr. his reputation was on the rise. He branched out and formed a band of his own making him a leading light on the funk scene. Bruce and his band were asked to perform in a competition judged by the one and only Nina Simone. When they won the competition it gave him the chance to record his first single. It wasn’t long before he began to crave an earthier sound, something more akin to the music that came from the delta region that was his home. The chance came with the offer to join the legendary blues bassist Big Joe Turner’s band Blues Caravan as lead vocalist. Joe had toured in BB King’s band as well as with Albert King and Little Milton.
His time in Turner’s band saw him forming a solid bond with the keyboard player Johan Dalgaard, and saw the two begin to write and demo songs that would eventually become Bruce’s solo album, The Deal Baby. With a sound that straddles blues and soul, it’s as original and inventive as the man himself and has seen him garner attention from radio stations and press from around the world.