Donald Ray Johnson
Calgary Bluesfest (2005),(2008), w/Kenny 'Blues Boss' Wayne (2006)
CBMA Blues Hall of Fame
Drummer of the Year 2008, 2009, 2010 and Singer of the Year 2010
Grammy Award-winning vocalist and drummer Donald Ray Johnson has spent a lifetime dedicated to music.
Donald Ray has toured with
blues and R&B artists Lowell, Fulsom, Bobby Womack, Pee Wee Crayton, Percy Mayfield, Big Joe Turner, Smokey Wilson, Phillip Walker,
Big Mama Thornton, Teddy Pendergrass, The Isley Brothers and Maurice John Vaughn.
After more than 40 years Donald Ray has built a large fanbase in North America and is a popular act in Europe, where he tours often.
Born in Bryan, Texas, Donald Ray moved to San Diego to work in local clubs with long-time friend and colleague, guitarist Phillip Walker. Relocating to L.A. in the early 70s, he worked with Joe Houston's Big Band, and formed 'A Taste Of Honey', with songwriter and producer Perry Kibble. The group went on to become the first Afro-American band to win the Grammy Award for Best New Artist.
Johnson has spent the last couple of decades based in Calgary, AB and is a highly regarded member of the Canadian blues community. He has released four albums under his own name, his latest, It's About Time (2010), features his own top-notch band and a host of special guests.
Over the years Donald Ray has been recognized with several prestigious awards and nominations, including the Grammy earned with Taste of Honey, was named Real Blues Magazine's Best Canadian Blues Vocalist (1997); won nominations for Best Blues Artist by the Alberta Recording Industry Association, Best Blues Drummer (1997) and Best Male Blues Vocalist (1998) by the Toronto Blues Society, Maple Blue's Best Male Blues Vocalist (2007),
and captured the 2009 Blewzzy Best CD Award for his album Pure Pleasure.