Falling for music as an adolescent, Johnny Gates started his first band at high school in Providence, RI. These formative years were well spent. Their determination took the band to Nashville, TN, giving them the chance to work with some of music’s biggest names.
Johnny has toured the US multiple times, including opening for the icon Rod Stewart. He has also become a fixture at Hollywood’s prestigious Hotel Cafe, and more recently performing at The Rockwood Music Hall in New York and The Peppermint Club in Los Angeles. He’s now focused on his forays as a solo artist with producer David Labrel (Ryan Adams, Lukas Graham), channeling his life experiences into his vulnerable and honest music.
In preparation for his upcoming EP, not a burnt cd that releases early next year, Johnny shares baseball. Channeling the iconic singer-songwriters of yesteryear, Johnny puts his timeless pop songwriting sensibilities at the forefront once again. Known for his slow-burning nostalgic ballads, baseball builds around a warm acoustic guitar for this standout indie-folk lament that unfolds as yet another storytelling powerhouse of emotion from this promising new artist.
On the motivations behind the song, Johnny shares: “I grew up playing baseball, and I remember hearing pretty quickly from my dad, it’s not whether you win or lose, it’s how you play the game. And I think life is a lot like that. So when writing this song, I wanted to reference my favorite sport, and some specific examples from my life, where, even if I didn’t come out with a win, I still have some amazing memories to hang on to.”