Johnson is a Grammy/Dove Award nominated composer, producer and multi-instrumentalist best known as a bass player currently based in Texas.
Throughout his career, Johnson has worked with many world class musicians such as: Abraham Laboriel, Adam Nitti, Dan Needham,Nikki Glaspie, David Garfield, also many artists such as Khalid, Phillips, Craig & Dean, Marcela Gandara, Christine D’Clario, Grammy award winning artist Marcos Vidal among many others, as well as maintaining a successful solo career.
Born in Guatemala City, Johnson was immersed at a very young age in various musical environments: Rock&Roll, R&B, Funk and Jazz. By the age of 20, Johnson was proficient on piano and bass guitar and already writing songs. He started composing and performing professionally at that age when the largest christian label in the world at the time “Integrity Music” signed him as part of award winning band “Vertical”.
After touring with Vertical around the world for 4 years, he quickly moved from playing pop and rock to jazz, gospel and R&B.
In 2006 Johnson moved to Mexico to become a part of the production team of Grammy Award nominee producer/drummer Alvaro Lopez and at the same time he became the bass player for Lopez’s “Resq Band”.
Johnson toured throughout Latin America for almost 2 years with Resq Band.
At the same time, he was a part of many master recordings alongside world class musicians such as: bassists Abraham Laboriel, John Peña, Michael Landau, Luis Conte and many others.
In 2010, Johnson began focusing on production and since then he has become a highly respected producer as well. He has been a part of more than 50 professional albums as a bassist, producer and/or multi-instrumentalist.
Johnson is also a very accomplished session bass player having recorded bass for artist like: r&b star Khalid (American Teen), Mexican pop-star Yuri (Vive La Historia), Christian multi-award winning band Miel San Marcos (Como En El Cielo), among many others.
From late 2013 to Dec. 2017, Johnson toured as Music Director for Marcela Gandara (one of Latin America’s top selling christian artists) and also worked as producer on Gandara’s latest album “Cerca Estas”. (www.facebook.com/marcelagandaraoficial). In 2018, “Cerca Estas” was nominated for “Best Christian Album” at the Latin Grammy Awards and was also nominated for “Best Christian Album in Spanish” at the Dove Awards.
Johnson also travels all around the US and Latin America doing jazz concerts and bass and production clinics.
Johnson has released 4 instrumental albums, “Bass&Beyond” (2012), “The Leslie Johnson Project” (2015), “3” (2018) and “Bass, Beats & More Vol I” (2018). All four albums have received many positive reviews from different magazines and radio stations across the US. His albums feature many special guests such as: Adam Nitti (Dave Weckl, Carrie Underwood), Philip Lassiter (Prince, Tommy Sims), Frank McComb, Nikki Glaspie (Beyonce, Kanye West), Eric Boseman (Whitney Houston, Janet Jackson) and many other top musicians.