We’re incredibly honored this week to Have Mark Johnson of Playing For Change as our guest on No Simple Road. Mark Johnson is a Grammy award-winning producer/engineer and award-winning film director. For the past 20 years, Mark has worked with some of the most renowned producers in the music, film, and television industries, and with such musical artists as Keith Richards, Paul Simon, Jackson Browne, Bono, Jimmy Buffett, Buddy Guy, Taj Mahal, Keb’ Mo’, Sara Bareilles, Los Lobos, Andrés Calamaro, Carlos Vives, and many more. In 2005, he earned a “Contemporary Blues Album of the Year” Grammy as producer/engineer of the Keb’ Mo’ album Keep It Simple. In hopes of showcasing musical talent found on the streets, Johnson parlayed his musical knowledge and technical skills to turn his vision into what is now known as Playing For Change. Mark has recorded and filmed music around the world in over 45 countries and has dedicated his life to connecting the world through music.
Playing For Change (www.playingforchange.com) is a multimedia movement created to inspire, connect, and bring peace to the world through music. The idea for this project arose from a common belief that music has the power to break down boundaries and overcome distances between people. Mark’s vision became an effort to share this truth with the world.
We talk to Mark about his new project premiering on December 15th called ‘ Peace Through Music: A Global Event For The Environment’, the genesis of ‘Playing for Change’ and how its grown over the years, how traveling the world to find new music and be with diverse cultures has altered and changed him as a person, how it is possible to spread hope through music, how traveling the world has widened his view and changed his perspectives, and so much more.
Tune in to the worldwide event on the Playing For Change YouTube Channel on the 15th for ‘Playing For Change: A Global Event For The Environment at 6pm PST/ 9pm EST/ 2am GMT featuring performances with 200 artists from more than 35 countries, including Black Pumas, Jack Johnson, Rodrigo y Gabriela, Sara Bareilles, Slash, Bob Weir, Mickey Hart, Derek Trucks, Susan Tedeschi, The Lumineers, together with world leaders and influencers.
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