A life long passionate musician, Johnny sings, plays piano, acoustic and electric guitars, organ, drums, and percussion. He has joined or formed countless rock, jazz, alternative, and blues bands, including The Mick Taylor Band, The Artimus Pyle Band, Dark Black Past, Mudgod, Mercury Rising, He has toured the US, Canada, Europe and Japan with Mick Taylor, Kreisor, Bloodroot and Johnny Young, either headlining or opening for UFO, Goose, Tauk, Spacehog, John Mayall, The Unband, and countless others. Johnny also has two Just Plain Folks awards for best hard rock band and best hard rock song.
Currently, he is playing live in Peak, Giant Flying Turtles, and Johnny Young and The Stellar Dogs
PEAK Bio -
In late 2016 Brooklyn-based guitarist and songwriter Jeremy Hilliard began performing and touring under the name PEAK. In 2018, he released the now critically acclaimed debut album Electric Bouquet, produced by Dave Brandwein (Turkuaz). In 2019 the band took on a life of its own as one by one some of the best musicians in the improv rock scene joined the group including Kito Bovenschulte (Particle) on drums, Josh T. Carter (Hayley Jane and The Primates) on bass, and newcomer extraordinaire Johnny Young on keys. The group’s music, described as Psychedelic Indie Funk, is a mix of poetic, melodic songwriting, moody electrofunk, riffed-out blues-rock, and exploratory danceable improvisations. Some of their many influences include artists such as The Band, The Talking Heads, Phish, The Grateful Dead, Radiohead, James Brown, and Miles Davis, as well as modern songwriters such as Conor Oberst, Mac Demarco, Kurt Vile, and Jack White to name a few.
Jeremy is no newcomer to the scene. He established his songwriting voice as a bandleader and lead guitarist for the band Turbine, with whom he made 4 studio albums and toured nationally for many years, including regular appearances on the some of the country’s biggest stages such as Bonnaroo Music Festival, Telluride Music Festival, Gathering of the Vibes, Moedown, and many others. As a songwriter, he is a lyric-based storyteller and with a wide palette of moods. As a guitarist, he lists as early inspirations BB King and Jimi Hendrix, and using that as a jumping-off point he utilizes jazz concepts to tell longer, more complex sonic stories. Jeremy found his perfect complement in the multitalented keyboardist Johnny Young. Johnny is an established presence on the New York music scene and is highly regarded as a soloist, singer, songwriter, producer, and composer. Friends for many years, Jeremy and Johnny finally got the chance to work together in 2018 when they began writing songs together in earnest. His soulful voice, virtuosity on the keyboards, understanding of harmony, and natural chemistry with Jeremy have taken the band to new heights. All of which is made even more remarkable by the fact that he has been blind since the age of 17. North Jersey drummer Kito Bovenschulte is the heartbeat of the band. Kito began his career in the Tri-State area playing with the regional and experimental rock band, Fikus. As of 2016 he has taken on the role of drummer for Jamtronica pioneers Particle with whom he performed on a national and international level, playing at some of the country’s most notorious venues and music festivals. The newest member of the group is bassist Josh T. Carter (Haley Jane and The Primates, Sundub) who holds the band together with thunderous precision and an impeccable ear. With the addition of Josh on bass, the band found the sound that they had been looking for and begin work on their sophomore album, to be released in 2021
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As a songwriter, his song Water Rising is signed to Paul McCartney's MPL publishing.
Johnny is an Emmy award winning composer. His music has been played on various television shows including The Oprah Winfrey Show, The Dr. Oz Show, As The World Turns, Another World, The Biography Channel, The IRC, The Guiding Light, various shows on MTV and around the world.