… dominated by that powerful vocal, a voice eager parts tender and fierce, husky round the edges but ultimately sincere. – Clash Magazine
Falling for music as an adolescent, Johnny Gates started his first band at high school in Providence, RI. These formative years were well spent. Their determination took the band to Nashville, TN to chase the American dream, giving them the chance to with some of music’s biggest names.
Johnny has toured US multiple times, including opening for the icon Rod Stewart. He has also become a fixture at Hollywood’s prestigious Hotel Cafe, and more recently performing at The Rockwood Music Hall in New York and The Peppermint Club in Los Angeles. He’s now focussed on his forays as a solo artist with producer David Labrel (Ryan Adams, Lukas Graham), channeling his life experiences into his vulnerable and honest music.
Wish I Knew You deals with the very relatable message of unrequited love and wanting what you can’t have, with it’s storytelling deeply complimented by a James Bay-esque wave.
Speaking on the motivation behind the track, Johnny states “Wish I Knew You was one of the first songs I wrote for the EP. At the time, I was in a situation where I was into a certain girl but wasn’t able to say anything because she was with someone else. I would see the way she looked at him, and I just kind of pictured it being me and knowing the real her.