You only have to hear the soulful baritone voice of Bruce Mississippi Johnson to be able to take an educated guess at his musical heritage.
Born in Mississippi, in America’s deep south, submerged in the music of his Grandfather's church from a young age, Bruce was brought up on a musical diet of Al Green, Jackie Wilson (his Cousin), Lou Rawls and Gil Scott-Heron, and that is pretty much the history you would expect when you hear his matchless voice. A 6ft4 ex-US Marine, Bruce is an imposing figure but it’s his incredibly textured voice that really stays with you.
After leaving the military, Bruce immersed himself in the renowned Parisian jazz scene. Having built his reputation in Paris, he was asked to provide the vocals for legendary blues bassist Big Joe Turner’s Blues Caravan.
It was while playing around the world in Turner’s band that Bruce started to collaborate with the keyboard player, Johan Dalgaard, on the songs that would eventually become Bruce’s first album “The Deal Baby”.
Now settled in London, Bruce Mississippi Johnson has released his album “The Deal Baby” is available now. The video “No Good” is on YouTube. The beautifully soulful journey through the emotions of self-doubt the track contains a heartfelt spoken soliloquy which perfectly adds depth to the story of the lyrics. This is an impressive taster for what’s to come on the album.
Watch 'No Good' below!