Carly Johnson graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. Recipient of the university's prestigious Vocal Award, she received a Bachelor's Degree in Music for Jazz Vocal Performance in 2007. Described as "...a voice and soul before her time," Carly has honed an immensely versatile craft that includes jazz, rock, blues and opera. “…new singer Carly Johnson is a revelation—versatile, tuneful, and with an emotional range that floats from first-person intimate to brassy belting with the greatest of ease.”
In 2010, Carly recorded with My Morning Jacket on “Holding On To Black Metal,” a track from their 2011 Grammy nominated album 'Circuital.' Following the record’s release in the spring of 2011, she performed live with MMJ at Louisville’s own Palace Theater. Also in 2011, Carly joined Louisville rock band Workers to perform and record their 2012 digital & LP release of ‘Both Hands’, released on sonaBlast! Records.
Carly is the newest member of the 7-piece jazz-folk fusion band Liberation Prophecy led by saxophonist Jacob Duncan. She had a blast touring the US and promoting the May 2013 release of their latest record 'Invisible House' and was honored to sing with them at the legendary Blue Note jazz club in NYC. As a member of Liberation Prophecy, she was also thrilled to perform with the ensemble in the groundbreaking children’s webisodes of ‘Liberation Living Room’ in 2013, when she got to to collaborate and perform with several talented musicians, including: Ben Sollee, Will Oldham, Rachel Grimes, Tyrone Cotton and Norah Jones.
She is presently enjoying home in Louisville, KY, writing original music and digging into the jazz scene with critically acclaimed guitarist Craig Wagner. Frequently featured on WFPK Louisville Public Radio, Carly and Craig just released a new jazz album showcasing the highlights of their successful 5-year partnership together as a vocal/guitar duo. Their new jazz album ‘It’s Pretty Standard’ was locally released in May of 2014 in Louisville. Most recently, Carly Johnson and Craig Wagner were honored to receive the 2014 Louisville Music Award for ‘Jazz Artist of the Year’ on September 28th.