Preview: Taking the World without a Lifejacket
Johnnyswim embark on their 2017 Taking the World Tour
Words by: Cindy McBride | Photos by: Jen Vesp
With all the craziness that’s going on in the world today, it’s necessary to take some time to take care of yourself. Get a mani/pedi, meditate, and put on your favorite record and just destress. If the contemporary, soul, blues, and folk vibes are your thing we have the artist for you! Johnnyswim, consisting of singer-songwriters Amanda Sudano and Abner Ramirez, will not only help you unwind, but also help you remember that there are still good people in this world.
Johnnyswim was formed in 2005, in Knoxville, Tennessee after Sudano and Ramirez met at a Sunday church service. Fast forward to 2017, and Johnnyswim have released six albums including a Christmas tribute. Johnnyswim’s single “Georgica Pond” peaked at number 34 on Billboard’s Top 200 on November 5th, 2016. Dropping album and numerous singles aren’t the only thing the duo have been up to since their first encounter. In 2009 Sudano and Ramirez tied the knot. How romantic is that! Two individuals who wrote numerous love songs, were actually singing and writing about each other! Then the icing on the cake, on November 5th, 2014, the duo announced they were expecting their first child and a concert in Portland.
In 2016 their sixth album Georgica Pond was released and between raising their child, building a home, and taking care of themselves, the members of Johnnyswim have embarked on a brand new tour. The TAKE THE WORLD tour has been making its way across numerous continents since its start on August 31st, starting in Vancouver, Canada, then heading to Germany, Sweden, and the UK through September. Earlier this week on October 13th, Johnnyswim returned to the stage for the first time in the US for the continuance of their tour. Starting in Texas, then making their way across the south, including two dates in Shutter 16’s home state of North Carolina.
Youtube has become the world’s top video streaming site since it’s creation in February 14th 2005, and Johnnyswim, just like any other artists, have been making music videos to put an artistic vizuale to their songs. Two months ago the official music video for “Just Try” off of Georgica Pond was released. In just two months the music, video which shows Sudano and Ramirez being the adorable couple they are, along with snippets from shows, and shots of their son, has over ninety thousand views.
The TAKING THE WORLD tour will continue through the United States until December 19th, where the last show will be performed in the duo’s home town of Nashville, Tennessee at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center. Music like that of Johnnyswim is exactly what you need to listen to when you have that certain someone on your mind, or just need to chill out and have some good vibes enter your life. Don’t believe me? Go check them out on Spotify, or Youtube and give them just ten minutes of their time. I promise you won’t regret it.
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