DARIA JOHNSON – Drums
Daria ‘Shani’ Johnson is a San Francisco based drummer, singer and multi-instrumentalist. Her style is solid, smooth, dependable and sensual. Her dynamic spirit has earned her the title as one of the most sought-after drummers in the Bay Area.
Shani’s appetite to create flourished at a young age. In Los Angeles, she began playing music while attending elementary school. Excelling in the art form, music became her primary subject. She continued her education at Hamilton High Academy of Music. Awarded a scholarship she went on to Berklee College of Music, where she studied with Victor Mendoza, Larry Finn, Rick Considine, Anne Peckham, Luanne Warner Katz and Joe Hunt. Her exceptional skills with percussion and drums brought her to San Francisco where she co-founded the band London Street. On London Street’s debut release “Life through Lyric and Melody” Shani contributed her undeniable abilities to sing, write, arrange and produce, in addition to her drumming. London Street has toured the West Coast and Europe sharing the stage with John Legend, India Arie, Erykah Badu, Angie Stone and Ozomatli.
As an in-demand drummer, Daria ‘Shani’ Johnson has played with many fabulous musicians. Her roster includes live performances and studio sessions with Eoin Harrington, Theresa Perez, Esperanza Spalding, Sean Leahy, Vortex Tribe, Crystal Monee Hall, Edna Love, Trevor Garrod, Dan Lebowitz , Kofy Brown, Four Year Bender, Vudustu, Stu Hamm and Adam Theis of the Jazz Mafia.