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Spotlighting the amazing backing vocals from his first two ‘voices’ releases!  “Over the years I’ve had so many requests from both fans and musicians wanting to know how I put my BVs together, so I thought I’d finally release a sort-of ‘how-to’ that might help explain it all.”  Johnny went on to say the collection of songs also contains some “dribs and drabs" that weren't audible on the first two ‘Voices’ releases. "Purely for entertainment purposes! This final release lets my amazingly talented background singers do all the talking… Uh, singing!”


For close to four decades now Johnny Colla has been a fixture on the San Francisco Bay Area music scene and beyond. Probably best known as saxman/guitarist/vocalist/songwriter with Huey Lewis and The News, Johnny's professional career goes back to the early seventies when Van Morrison picked his band up for a couple tours. No more than a year later Johnny landed a seat playing with Sly and The Family Stone, and as he likes to recall, "Sly taught me everything not to do in the music business!" Proof that if you look long and hard enough, there's a life lesson in every experience.

There were other attempts at a career and success along the way, but throughout it all Huey had his eye on Colla, eventually starting something new back in Marin County. By the end of the seventies and several name changes later ("The Fools," "The Meteors," and "American Express" among others) the band settled on "The News." Over the next year or so the lads were feverishly writing, recording and performing whenever they could, for whoever would have them. By 1979 "Huey Lewis and The News" landed a record deal and they were off and running; the rest is a rich, intoxicating  history, and a few chapters that have yet to be written.

Besides the aforementioned job description, Johnny wears a few other hats with HLN (producing, arranging, directing, engineering, etc.) Between all that and myriad outside projects, he never wore the ‘solo artist’ hat as much as he'd wished. While 2002 brought us Lucky Devil’ - Johnny's well-received first offering - HLN business and family obligations kept him from a follow-up until his current ‘Voices’ Trilogy. Something clicked with Johnny several years ago and the focus shifted; he reshuffled the deck and once again "The Lucky Devil" took a few chances. Life was no longer about what was or is, but "what could be." Come on in and take a peek at a remarkable talent, engaging tales and trails, and some pretty cool music!

          (Photo by Christie-Claire Colla)


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