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Based in Wirral, Merseyside, Dean Johnson has been a professional singer/songwriter for over 40 years. He has released over 30 albums, many of which have been critically acclaimed. The most successful is Loser Friendly, a collaboration with OMD's Mal Holmes, and released on his Fin Music label (reissued in 2017). Dean was an influential figure in the ‘cassette pets’ area of the late 70's.

He was officially discovered by Chris Difford of Squeeze in the mid 1990's. He has enjoyed long-term songwriting partnerships with Graeme Clark of the multi-platinum selling Wet Wet Wet, and Grammy nominee and Ivor Novello winner Chris Braide. There was also a much-publicised request for Dean to complete an unfinished George Harrison song.

His releases have received national airplay and BBC Radio 2 playlistings. Among Dean's producers has been the veteran Stuart Coleman (Cliff Richard, Nanci Griffith and Little Richard), who was at the helm of a session in Nashville.

 

 

 

Alongside writing and recording, he was much in demand as a support artist on stage for the likes of The Beach Boys, The Doobie Brothers, Bryan Ferry and Rolling Stone Bill Wyman among countless others. Over 20 UK tours have seen Dean perform at such venues as The Royal Albert Hall and Wembley Stadium.

More recently, he has written for the theatre, and produced the first musical biography (Bullets and Daffodils) based on the life and work of Great War poet Wilfred Owen (starring Christopher Timothy), which was staged in London's West End.

Dean also established the UK's first permanent museum to Owen based in Birkenhead, American icon Sylvia Plath is the subject of his latest stage piece (The Belfry), the soundtrack of which is co-produced with Mark Reed (son of the late great Oliver). Dean is also planning a new album of ‘Songs’. It will be Dean's first solo release for some time, and marks his return to the reactivated Fin Music label.

 

 

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