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OCTOBER 14, 2021, and YES! "I HEAR OTHER VOICES!!" IS FINALLY AVAILABLE  FOR PURCHASE AT THE 'LISTEN AND OWN IT' PAGE! Additionally, a second pressing of "I HEAR VOICES!" is also now available for purchase, and we've set up a 'TWOFER' tab with a discounted price for both. The differences are startling from one CD to the next, and of course "Other Voices!" includes the Shirelle's "Mama Said" as a bonus track.

There is also now an "OTHER VOICES!!" SAMPLER just added to the bottom of the 'Listen & Own It!' page so you can preview your purchase.

Hope you enjoy the music as much as I did making it!!!

https://johnnycolla.com/listen-own-it

  

September 10, 2021 - Check out the single I recently produced and mixed on my next-door neighbors "El Cajon" . . . pretty cool stuff!!!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jYo94KP3H3A

 

WHAT ELSE????? "LUCKY DEVIL" just became available worldwide via iTunes, Spotify, and all the usual downloading and streaming platforms, so check it out tune-for-tune, or download the entire CD! There's also a few hard copies available here at 'Listen, Enjoy, Buy', so give it a click!!!!

 

MORE? While rummaging through the archives (aren't we all doing it during these strange times?) We came across a box of "Holiday Heroes" CDs . . . If you're not familiar with it, the CD contains the original release of "My Christmas Wish", and I was honored to be part of an amazing lineup of artists on this effort, including Mavis Staples, Bobby Womack, Graham Parker, Jerry Butler, Chuck Jackson and many others (look THOSE names up!) Christmas is always right around the corner . . .

 

Have fun, stay sane, be good to the ones that matter . . .

JC

 

December 2020 - Kind-of feels like there's a chance the veil of darkness and uncertainty might start lifting a little this coming year, right? My heart goes out to all of those folks - and extended family members, and friends - who were personally affected by this terrible epidemic in one way or another . . . stranger than fiction, but then again we should have known this day would come. Condolences to all . . . .

 

OTHER NOTEWORTHY NEWS? Check out all my media sites for the authorized lyric video of "My Christmas Wish"! The song will also be available on all of my usual media outlets, 

Once again, stay tuned, stay in tune, hum a tune, be happy, be healthy, and follow your instincts . . . . . . you can't nickname the truth!

JC

 

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 Johnny and Huey were conspiring to start something new back in Marin County. By the end of the seventies and several name changes later ("The Fools," "The Meteors," and "American Express" amongst 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 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 other artist's outside projects, he never wore the solo artist hat as much as he'd wished. 2002 brought us "Lucky Devil" - Johnny's well-received first offering - but HLN business and family obligations kept him from a follow-up . . . until now. 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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