Los Angeles based, alternative, singer-songwriter Johnny Gates premieres his new single “Brooklyn Nights.” CLICK HERE to listen exclusively on Parade Magazine.
Johnny says, “’Brooklyn Nights’ is actually the first song that I wrote all by myself. It’s about a girl that I used to go to New York City with when I was younger… we would always stroll around Brooklyn together and dream up stories about our future, about us living together. We pictured it all happening, but it never did. And now, I can’t go back there without thinking about her. So I wrote this song about just that… Connecting a place to a person.”
With an intimate atmosphere and a stripped back sound, listening to ‘Brooklyn Nights’ feels like sitting next to Johnny Gates in that rehearsal space in Hollywood. The combination of his spot-on lyrical storytelling and flavors of Americana, Johnny’s voice moves the listener by laying down his one-of-a-kind timbre. Starting only with a plucking guitar as accompaniment, this fall track builds up and turns into an intimate indie-rock piece of art.
Falling for music as an adolescent, Johnny Gates started his first band at high school in Providence, RI. These formative years were well spent. Their determination took the band to Nashville, TN, giving them the chance to work with some of music’s biggest names.
Johnny has toured the US multiple times, including opening for the icon Rod Stewart. He has also become a fixture at Hollywood’s prestigious Hotel Cafe, and more recently performing at The Rockwood Music Hall in New York and The Peppermint Club in Los Angeles. He’s now focused on his forays as a solo artist with producer David Labrel (Ryan Adams, Lukas Graham), channeling his life experiences into his vulnerable and honest music.