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 encounter would be one of the most determining and inspiring experiences of his life. During the following four years Johann 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”), Steve Winwood, Arthur Adams and many others before heading to Los Angeles in 2008.

Once in LA, Johann quickly got studio and touring work with several local and national acts such as Al B Sure, Marconi, Sylvester Rivers, Ray Parker Jr., Lulu Gainsbourg, Amaia Montero 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 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 on every continent year-round.

When he is not on the road, Johann records for several film score composers (Richard Gibbs, Lucas Vidal, Elik Alvarez, Chris Bacon, Giona Ostinelli) for U.S. and international film and TV productions starring icons such as Rob Reiner and Christopher Lloyd. He is also in high demand for co-writing, producing and recording sessions in Los Angeles, Nashville, New York and London. Since 2012 Johann produces, musical directs and co-writes with Nathan West and Chyler Leigh within their music endeavor, “East of Eli”.

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, coaching musicians and working with several churches in the L.A. area.

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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