Johnny Stanec – It Was Easy Now out now
Johnny Stanec is a singer-songwriter from Youngstown, OH. Since 2006 he has released ten full-length records; including five with his long-running band, First In Space and five solo, under his own name. As a performer he has played over 500 shows throughout the mid west, east coast and into Canada. His music has been featured on websites, blogs, podcasts, compilations and best-of lists from countries like Spain, Sweden, France, Russia, Japan, Brazil, UK and USA; among others.
His first solo record, ‘Narrow Is This Ghost Town’, was released in 2011 and featured thirteen songs that were not previously recorded with First In Space. After its release he began performing the songs solo.
In 2012 he returned with ‘The Past Echoes’ and traveled from Chicago to New York promoting its release. After a few years of performing solo he returned to working with First In Space and released two more records with the band in 2013 and 2014.
In early 2015 he got back to work on his solo music and recorded ‘No Horizon’, a deeply personal record dealing with loss and moving on from the past. He performed shows in Chicago, New York, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Columbus, D.C., Philadelphia and more, in support.
In 2016 he released two additional solo records. ‘Farewell, Sadness’ and ‘Ohio’. Both were more upbeat and featured more band-oriented songs and fuller production. Shows were performed throughout the mid west and east coast to support it.
In 2017 he returned to working with First In Space again, and a new record was released. After a short stint with them he is returning to his solo music. He began production on what will be his sixth solo record and eleventh overall release in early 2018. ‘The Future of Nothing’ was released in June 2018.
After some regional shows during the fall/winter of 2018, Stanec has returned to writing and recording. His seventh record was released on February 1, 2019. It’s titled ‘Things Were Better, When’.
Most of 2019 was spent performing. An appearance at the International Pop Overthrow Festival in Chicago took place in April followed by shows in New York at Rockwood Music Hall and DIVE DC in Washington, DC. Additional dates included Harrisburg, PA, Rochester, Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Canton, Youngstown, Columbus and Toronto, ON.
His music has been described as a mix between rock and roll and acoustic singer-songwriter, with an emphasis on heartfelt lyrics and memorable melodies and harmonies.