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Custom Painted Cajon

Recently I commissioned an incredibly talented artist by the name of Amy Smith to paint one of my cajon drums! Below is a video and a few photos of the process. Amy is a talented artist. I have listed her website below. If you are interested in doing something like this you should definitely reach out to her. Amy will be showcasing her art at the Breath and the Clay Art Conference this March 22-24 in Winston Salem, NC. I will be in attendance and performing with Stephen Roach, Molly Skaggs and many more that Friday March 22 2019. Learn more at http://www.thebreathandtheclay.com

Custom Painted Cajon
The painting and mockup
Getting prepped!

With the Artist Amy Smith


Drum and World Percussion Clinic

Drum & World Percussion Clinic with Dale Baker and William Johnson

Hello everyone! I am very excited about this upcoming drum clinic with my friend Dale Baker (Six Pence None the Richer, and many other notable producers, artists, and bands). The clinic is free, however there is an optional registration which includes educational resources, promotional material, and one free online lesson. To register online click the following “Add to Cart button. You may also register on the day of the clinic. 

  • 10:30am-11:15am – Children’s session: Basic understanding of rhythm and percussion.                                                                             Simplified music explanations and engaging rhythmic games.
  • 11:30am-11:55am – Basic Drumming Foundations: Foundational technique and methods for sticks, foot pedal, hihat, cymbals, etc. with Dale Baker
  • 12:00pm-12:15pm – Lunch
  • 12:20pm-12:45       – Drum History: Seminar history
  • 12:55pm-1:20pm   – Singer Songwriter, hybrid setups & music business by Dale Baker featuring artist, singer-songwriter Claybrook
  • 1:25pm- 1:50pm     – Cajon & world percussion with both William Johnson & Dale Baker
  • 1:55pm-2:10pm     – improvisation
  • 2:15pm-2:40pm     – Recording drums in the studio with recording engineer and studio owner Eric Myers
  • 2:45pm-3:15pm     – drums in the Live performance with sound engineer and author (Sound in the Gospel) Dave Wright.
  • 3:15pm-3:30pm     – Performance jam by clinicians.


Dale Baker. Drummer on top billboard charted hits such as Six Pence None the Richer’s Kiss Me and There She Goes. Dale is an accomplished session drummer, producer and recording artist that has worked with iconic producers and musicians throughout the country. 

Eric Myers. An accomplished recording and live sound engineer with over two decades of experience in studios across the country. Eric has an impressive resume and curates a growing library of tools and tricks of the trade.  

Dave Wright. Sound and recording engineer and author of the audio engineering resource book for houses of worship Sound in the Gospel. Dave is often called a magician when he is behind the mixing board due to his unique ability to cr 

More information on the clinic will be added in this post soon!

Busy Days


Last week was a beautifully busy week of music. On Saturday I was in Greensboro, NC for a rehearsal with Stephen Roach and Michael Pritchard of the band Songs of Water. The rehearsal was for a percussion trio that will be accompanying three very talented dancers during the second night of The Breath and the Clay Conference in Winston Salem. The conference features talented artists, authors, luthiers, musicians and dancers from around the country including John Mark Mcmillan, and Cindertalk. For more information visit thebreathandtheclay.com

On Sunday afternoon I performed on the djembe for the Moore County Black History Annual Celebration at the Fair Barn in Pinehurst, NC. The event was held at the Fair Barn on the Pinehurst Horse Race Track. The sun was shining and faces were smiling as the sound of the drum resonated throughout the building.

I also squeezed in a recording session and filmed a percussion performance video that I am very excited about. I will be uploading new videos soon to include music performance videos. The studio is live and kicking so if you are a singer songwriter, or have a band and interested in adding some percussion sounds and textures contact me at williamjohnsonmusic@gmail.com. I have a large collection of instruments from around the world and can record directly from my personal studio here in North Carolina.


Chicago/Waukegan Zumba Event

Headed to Chicago Friday for a large Friday night Zumba and African dance class. Click on link for more information. I will be playing percussion for the event. If you are in the area check it out! God bless you guys!


Cultural Program

at jack Britt highschool, Hope Mills, NC

This past October I had the wonderful opportunity to perform with friends at Jack Britt highschool during a Hispanic heritage program. I always enjoy doing such programs. Not only are they a lot of fun, but more importantly it often gives me an open door to interact with the students and share with them the things that are most important to me such as my faith in Jesus! To see more photos go to the gallery page under cultural programs. I am blessed to have the opportunity to perform and teach in the public and private schools however it is something I would love to do even more often!