"Music is Therapy" LIVE from THE DAKOTA with special guest Kirk A. Johnson
Kirk A. Johnson, KAJ Productions
Drummer, Percussionist, Producer, Performer and Dancer
As an active member of PRN Productions / Paisley Park Studios since the late 80’s, Kirk has been involved in almost all aspects of Prince’s musical journey from 1984 to the present. Starting as a dancer and choreographer in Purple Rain, various videos for Prince & The New Power Generation, Kirk soon moved over to the production side in 1993. During this time, he also created his own record label “Kitchen Records, in which to record his own music and artists such as TKO, Walter Chancellor, Jr., BKS and Fonky Bald Heads.
In 1996, Kirk too over the drum chair for Prince and appeared on releases such as “Diamonds and Pearls (percussion), The Gold Experience (Programming), Symbol, Chaos and Disorder, Emancipation (drums/production), Rave Un2 The Joy Fantastic and The Vault: Old Friends 4 Sale. Kirk co-wrote/produced and played for multiple artists projects including Candy Duffer, Chaka Khan, Larry Graham, Boyz II Men, Jevetta Steele, El DeBarge, Monie Love, Tevin Campbell, Rosie Gaines, Mavis Staples, Nona Gaye and Najee. 2009 – Present, Kirk took on the task of Estate Consultant for PRN & Paisley Park Studios. In 2015-2016 Kirk recorded drums & percussion on NPG recording artist Judith Hill and had the privilege of recording on the last Jazz tracks recorded by Prince. Currently, Kirk tours with the Funk Soldiers and Greats Gone 2 Soon.
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