**Something like Trent Reznor taking over the Smashing Pumpkins and
replacing Corgan with Tori Amos.**
**Johns creates music that is at once sweet and biting:
the languid tone of her voice providing a perfect lace overlay
to the harder-rocking arrangements beneath them.**
– The News Gazette
**Melodic and hypnotizing.** Best Local Singer-Songwriter 2013
**She lures her listeners to unearth
a deeper subconscious level.**
American alternative psychedelic rock singer-songwriter, Megan Johns, originates from a small urban oasis surrounded by endless fields of Illinois corn and soy. At age 16, she recorded her first album written secretly in early adolescence. Comparisons to early Jewel and Neko Case were common, with one reviewer describing the record as, "Alternative folk rock with unlikely flashes of Mazzy Star." She began receiving press and collaborating with artists such as Mountain Goats bassist, Peter Hughes, Zoot Suit Riot engineer Billy Barnett, recording engineers Andy Lund and Adam Schmitt, as well as accomplished string and horn players and emcees.
Johns has played hundreds of shows in the last decades, including internationally. Over the last 19 years, her style has evolved into genre-bending, emotionally based originals with whispery vocals over harder, sometimes metal-like, rock arrangements first showcased in 2012 album, Hey, Lonely recorded by Adam Schmitt. Her 6-track full-band, Inner Voice EP (October 2019), recorded at Gung-Ho Studio in Eugene, OR by Billy Barnett, features psychedelic, danceable rock originals garnering comparisons to Tori Amos, Smashing Pumpkins and Chrissie Hynde. In 2020, under moniker, Bubble Bubble Gum Gum, she and partner, Shannon Swords, won "Best Original Score" at the Phoenix Shorts Festival for their collaborative, synth-heavy Feathers (Original Motion Picture Score), set to Megan's own Writer/Director film debut, Fantasy/Drama, Feathers.
Megan Johns is currently based in the Pacific Northwest with her bands. Her mission is to share and instill love, healing, epiphany and the value of creativity via music and art. Pre-pandemic, she last performed solo and with full backing band, Queen Mäb Jr, including Billy Barnett (lead guitar), Aaron Nelson (bass), Alis Gardner (drums), and alternately as MoonWish.
CURRENT + PAST COLLABORATORS
Queen Mäb Jr (5-10+ years)
Billy Barnett (guitar/recording/production), Aaron Nelson (bass/production), Jesse Greenlee (drums/percussion),
Alis Gardner (live & music video drums/percussion)
Bubble Bubble Gum Gum (6-10+ years)
Shannon Swords (emcee/production/recording/acting)
Aaron Nelson (bass/production)
MoonWish (2-10 years)
James Treichler (drums/percussion/recording/production/video), Dave Cohen (bass/sax/production), Sara Sasaki (violin/production), Susan Johns (viola/production)
David Tcheng (live multi-instrumentalist)
The Greytones (2004-2007)
Dave Cohen (bass/sax/production), Mike Arnold (guitars/recording/production), Garrick Nelson (drums/percussion/production/video)
Mike Ioannides (sax) + Justin Thyme/Elephant Stereo (drums)
Love Né Magnet (4+ years)
Mike Arnold (guitars/recording/production)
Sampson Ray Simon (emcee/production/acting/director), Chris Green (emcee/production/acting), Dorothy Martirano (violin), Adam Schmitt (recording/production), Mark Rubel (recording/production), Andy Lund (recording/production), Matt Harsh (video), Sam Ambler (video), The Struggle, Swords and the Shady Parrys, John Isberg (video), Sofia Dumitru (acting/writing/co-founding FEMM), Will Brack (drums/music/acting), Charlie Harris (bass), Larry Gates (beats/remix/acting), Remy Tipei (drums/acting), Brendan Gamble (drums), Female Eugene Movie Makers (co-founder), Lane County Filmmakers (video/production/acting), Chelsea Real (director/film score/acting), Kali Kardas (director/soundtrack/acting/video), Jarrett Bryant (director/soundtrack), Brett Faklis (acting/video), David Landon (director/acting/video), Adam Leonard (acting), Whitney Peterson (video), Sara Blythe (acting/singing), Mo Talaba (mastering), Andre Royal Sr (acting), Breann Pleasant (writing/acting/design), Dylan Keim (production/video/VFX/Art), Malakhai Schnell (acting), Alejandro Sarmiento (art/acting), Robin Nelson (music/acting), Melvyn Manapasal (acting), Blake Laitner (directing/acting), Darcy Duruz (production/wardrobe), Ella Mae King (contortion), Riel Green (contact juggling/acting), Jason Williams (directing/video), Rob Weaver (acting/video), Alexander Coleman (acting), Liv Tavernier (acting), Laura Darling (acting), Tracy Ilene Miller (acting), David Mort (directing/acting/puppeteer), Carolyn Gates (directing/casting), Sam Sprague (acting), Russ Dregne (acting), Mike Schwabb (acting), Cloud Pemble (acting), Rick Gates / Tendrile Productions (Video), Walter King / OneTreeProductions (Video), Zoe Wassman / Oros Films (production design/writing/acting), Dylan Fix-Carter / BluryFilms (wardrobe/video/acting), Nick Pemble (video/acting), Erin Gillis (acting), Tam (acting), Marlo Habeeb (acting), Morgan Orion Reisman (acting), Rob K Illa (emcee), Michael Brackett (guitar/acting), Hayden Cler (guitar), Ali Sater (bass), Kevin Coulton (photos/acting), Kristen Johns (cello), Mark Johns (design/album art), Rachael Johns (acting), The Hathaways, Chad Dunn (percussion), Carlyle Johnson (sax/clarinet), Otto Stuparitz (bass), Tim Donaldson (guitar), Ben Donaldson (drums), Roger Prillaman (keys), Syd Gates (acting), Arthur 'Mr. Podunkian' Lee (videogame soundtrack), Peter Hughes (bass), Donovan Roediger (keys), Tim Bass (bass), Bill Kirby (bass), Chris Pankey (percussion), Elsa Enstrom (violin), Tyler Chen (bass), Nathaniel Ruiz (sax/clarinet).
Megan Johns & Friends Live at Old Nick's Pub, Eugene, OR.
Video Clip: Shannon Swords
Megan Johns & Friends Live at The Wow Hall, Eugene, OR.
Video Clip: Ben Worcester (Said The Whale)
Video: Dylan Keim, Sound: Shannon Swords
Feat. Megan Johns & MoonWish at Pygmalion Music Festival, IL.
(Ft. Susan Johns, Sara Sasaki, James Treichler, Shannon Swords, Dave Cohen)
Live Radio Performance as Megan Johns & MoonWish on WEFT 90.1 FM, IL.
(Ft. Sara Sasaki, Susan Johns, Dave Cohen, James Treichler)
Megan Johns & MoonWish Live at "Hey, Lonely" CD Release at Cowboy Monkey, Champaign, IL.
(Ft. Susan Johns, Sara Sasaki, James Treichler, Dave Cohen)
Megan Johns & MoonWish Live at Mike N Molly's, Champaign IL.
(Ft. Nathaniel Ruiz, Sara Sasaki, Tyler Chen, James Treichler)
Megan Johns & MoonWish at Mike N Molly's, Champaign, IL.
(Ft. Nathaniel Ruiz, Sara Sasaki, Tyler Chen, James Treichler)
Megan Johns & MoonWish at Red Herring Coffeehouse, Urbana, IL.
(Ft. Otto Giovanni, James Treichler)
Megan Johns with The Greytones Live, Champaign, IL.
(Mike Arnold, Garrick Nelson, Dave Cohen)