About

Practically born with a guitar in his hands, Johann Frank’s young career was jump started by Phil Collins when he discovered him at the age of 14 in his native Switzerland, and instantly realized that his talent had to be nurtured. This determining encounter set Johann on a professional course and over the following four years he performed alongside many world-renown artists such as Phil but also, Mike Rutherford (“Genesis”), Steve Howe (“Yes”), The Pretty Things, MC Solaar and others, before turning 18. Johann also had the honor to open for artists such as Lionel Richie, Barbara Hendricks and Tina Turner in some of Europe’s most prestigious venues and world leaders (Montreux Jazz Festival, MIDEM, Tourbillon Stadium, AVO Festival, UN Geneva headquarters).

Phil Collins exposed Johann to some of the best musicians and instructors in the world, sponsoring master classes in France, England, and the US. When Johann turned 18 Collins enrolled him at Berklee College of Music on a scholarship program. He earned his B.A. degree in Music Business in less than two years and had the privilege to perform with Philip Bailey (“Earth Wind and Fire”) and Steve Winwood, as well as Karmin’s Amy Heidemann, Jenn Bostic, and KING’s Paris Strother, at the ’08 Commencement Concert.

Johann headed to Los Angeles in March 2008 and quickly got studio and touring work with several local and national acts such as Arthur Adams, Al B Sure, Marconi, Ojo de Buey, Ray Parker Jr., Lulu Gainsbourg and Mitchel Musso. In 2011, Johann was asked to join the touring band of Engelbert Humperdinck. Initially hired as lead guitarist, he also became involved with arrangements, occasional Music Direction, and recording sessions for the legendary singer. He recorded guitars on Engelbert’s duet album “Engelbert Calling”, released in March 2014, alongside the likes of Willie Nelson, Elton John, Gene Simmons and Smokey Robinson. Johann also tours with him around the world year-round, performing alongside other artists over the years such as Emin, Philipp Kirkorov and Sam Bailey. In December 2018, Engelbert released his first TV concert in 14 years, “Engelbert Live in Hawaii” on PBS, during which Johann had the honor to be the only musician performing a featured duet with him. The album “Reflections” (2019) features him on guitars and bass. In January 2020, Johann celebrated his 500th show with the King of Romance.

When he is not on the road, Johann enjoys recording guitars, bass, mandolin, lap steel, cuatro and ukulele for movie & TV composers (Richard Gibbs, Gabriel Mann, Lucas Vidal, Elik Alvarez, Chris Bacon, Giona Ostinelli) for U.S. and international productions starring icons such as Rob Reiner (“Being Charlie”), Christopher Lloyd (“The Boat Builder”), Amaia Montero’s title song for “100 Metros”, TV hit shows such as ABC’s “Modern Family”, Nickolodeon’s “All That”; and successful indie productions such as Venezuela’s highest grossing film in history, “Papita Mani Tostón”. The Los Angeles’ local scene keeps him busy with shows, events and award parties; In March 2020 he was the house guitarist for the 2020 Truth Awards, performing with R&B star Cece Peniston amongst others. Over the years, Johann’s passion projects have included Musical Directing, co-writing and arranging notable projects such as Chyler Leigh and Nathan West’s “East Of Eli”, and Anduze (“Parov Stelar”), both eventually becoming successful touring acts in North America and across Europe.

Johann doesn’t falter in acknowledging that someone beyond him has blessed him. He makes a point to give back some of what has been given to him by developing young artists through master classes and working as guitarist, bassist or MD with several churches in the L.A. area including Harvest, Radius, Oasis, St. Monica, Bethel Encino and Bel Air Pres. He also has a heart for private teaching, notable students including Richard Gibbs, Ran Jackson and Solomon King. The advent of the coronavirus age had him transition and diversify to online platforms for both teaching and recording students and clients around the world.

His passions for traveling, languages (of which he fluently speaks six) and diverse cultures go hand in hand with his music and drive him towards his life’s objective “To influence popular music in a qualitative, inspired and positive way.”

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