Libby Johnson is a singer/songwriter from New York City. Born in Germany while her parents were stationed there, Johnson was raised in the U.S. until the age of 13, at which time her family moved to Nairobi, Kenya. A self-taught piano player, Johnson learned to play guitar from her mother, who was a folk singer of contemporary and traditional folk and bluegrass. Her father played bagpipes. At the tender age of 14, Johnson performed in public for the first time – at a Nairobi pub.
"Living in Nairobi was powerful,” she said. “That move was probably the single most influential thing to happen to me growing up, it gave me a sense of compassion and insight to live those years outside of the U.S." "I was unencumbered and open to having many experiences in Africa, a guest among an international community during the time when I first began experimenting with songwriting and performing."
As an adult, she had returned to the United States, settling in New York City after studying at Berklee College of Music. Along with her sister Carrie, also a musician and songwriter, she formed the band 22 Brides, and earned a slot on the 1998 Lilith Fair tour. The duo’s music was a blend of folk/rock featuring the two voices harmonizing. The Brides released three albums on the Zero Hour label, and one for Universal. They signed with Chrysalis publishing in 1994 and spent the next four years touring until both sisters paused to start families.
Libby released her solo debut album ‘Annabella’ in 2006 on the Wrong Records label. The songs followed the thread of her writing with the Brides, with “haunting vocals over sly bluesy guitar tracks.” Four of the tracks on “Annabella” were featured in the film “Trust The Man,” written and directed by Bart Freundlich, as well as an additional track co-written for the film. Her follow-up album, “Perfect View,” was released in 2009, with several of the tracks picked up for international licensing.
In recent years Libby has developed a busy voice and guitar studio practice in the New York area. She continues to write, record and perform live.