Johnson & McAuley is the brain child of hit songwriter / musician, producer, Bleu (2011 Best Pop album – Independent Music Awards, Legend of The Neverbeast, songs with Demi Lovato, Tristan Prettyman) and widely popular singer-songwriter / actress, Alexz Johnson (Instant Star, Final Destination 3, Smallville). Bleu and Alexz first met when both were signed to Sony Music in 2005. Soon after, the artists both exited their major label deals and while enjoying their own celebrated solo careers, continued to collaborate together on and off for the next decade. Alexz made her way onto Bleu’s 2014 solo release, To Hell With You, as a featured artist on the track “Bottom of My Heart," while Bleu co-wrote "Thank You For Breaking My Heart" on Alexz's Heart EP from the same year.
The idea of forming Johnson & McAuley was realized during an early recording session of “Heartbeat” (which became “Heartbeat (Beatin’ You Up)” on the debut album) when the two realized how well their songwriting talents and voices melded together. In 2015 they decided to record an album of duets, and the first track was to be a cover of When In Rome’s 1988 hit “The Promise." This track set the tone for the rest of the album. What came next was 5 non-traditional duets in the style of 80’s New Wave – full of vibrant synths and alt-pop additions.
Excited for their individual fans to hear the much anticipated new project, the Pop / New Wave duo released their debut self-titled album to the world on April 8, 2016.
released April 8, 2016
Produced by Bleu
Mixed by Ducky Carlisle and Bleu
Mastered by Jeff Lipton at Peerless
All vocals by Johnson & McAuley
Visit each track for individual track credits.
Thank you to Kyle McCammon for the tastiest of bass lickage, Taylor Locke for learning to channel Buckingham (and Knopfler) and to Ryan Perez-Daple for taking the soprano sax solo seriously. Extra special thanxxx to Joe Seiders for his song inspiration and friggin' fancy-ass beats! And gratitude to Stacey Peck for her belief in this lovely excursion.
Album Photography - Nick Holmes
Cover Design - Kii Arens
Vinyl package Design - Zak Johnson
Management - Stacey Peck