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Interview:
All Johnnyswim wants for Christmas is love
 

By GARY GRAFF
Digital First Media, @GraffonMusic

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A Johnnyswim holiday show is meant to be fun.

But it's also something the married duo of Abner Ramirez and Amanda Sudano take seriously.

"The best part of Christmas is being around people you love," Ramirez says by phone from Minneapolis. "It's an on-purpose, intentional gathering people just full of love and jsut full of joy, like the songs are so much about." And, Ramirez adds, recent events around the world have added to the character of those concerts.

"The day everything happened in Paris, we were sitting backstage and I remember thinking, 'How do we talk about it? Do we ignore it and move forward? what do we do?'" he recalls. "Then we realized the opposite of fear is love, the opposite of terror is hope.

"So we made it our No. 1 priority from there on out to spread love and hope, very consciously. So whether we're singing the Christmas songs or singing the Johnnyswim songs, we're wanting to fill up the venues with hope and love, and that's really our mission."

There will be more Johnnyswim songs to sing in the near future, too. After the duo's well-received debut, "Diamonds," and "A Johnnyswim Christmas" in 2014 the duo will be releasing a live set during February -- with a Palladia broadcast in January -- while a new studio album is currently being recorded and on tap for a late spring or early summer release.

"We're probably about a third of the way done, maybe a bit more" reports Sudano, 33, the daughter of the late Donna Summer. "It feels like it's definitely the next step of Johnnyswim. It's a little more focused than ('Diamonds'). The sound is a little bit more focused. Having played the 'Diamonds' record so much live, the sound has solidified a little bit and become more focused.

"I feel like it's a really beautiful album, and really heartfelt. We can't wait to get it out there and be able to play these songs for people."

"A Johnnyswim Christmas"

8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 10.

SoundBoard in the MotorCity Casino Hotel,

Tickets are $10-27.

Call 866-782-9622 or visit soundboarddetroit.com.


Web Site: www.soundboarddetroit.com

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