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Review: ‘The Voice’ alum Johnny Gates charms on breakthrough solo EP (Includes first-hand account)

The EP, produced by Tyler Thompson, opens with the haunting ballad “Hell Outta Here,” which features his crisp, rumbling voice. It is followed by the upbeat and infectious “Dive Bar,” where the listener can recall country singer-songwriter Will Hoge, and that ought to be taken as a compliment. This latter tune is one of those songs will inspire listeners to sing along and snap their fingers.

It immediately breaks into “Bandit,” which has an eerie and stirring vibe. His self-titled EP closes with the melodically-stunning “Church Girl,” which has a relatable message to it.

Prior to going solo, Gates was the lead singer of The Runaway Saints (Warner) and he shared the stage with such musical acts as Rod Stewart, Ryan Cabrera, and Secondhand Serenade, among others.

On his own, his first two singles have amassed in excess of two million streams on Spotify alone and he has sold out such historic venues as The Troubadour in West Hollywood, California.

Gates’ EP is available on Apple Music and on Spotify.

The Verdict

Overall, Johnny Gates delivers on his brand new EP. Every song has its own identity, and it showcases his impressive and distinct talent. He is one “musician to watch” in the near future since Gates is going places. This four-track EP garners an A rating.

To learn more about Johnny Gates and his new music, check out his official website and his Facebook page.

Markos Papadatos
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Markos Papadatos is Digital Journal's Editor-at-Large for Music News. Papadatos is a Greek-American journalist and educator that has authored over 21,000 original articles over the past 18 years. He has interviewed some of the biggest names in music, entertainment, lifestyle, magic, and sports. He is a 16-time "Best of Long Island" winner, where for three consecutive years (2020, 2021, and 2022), he was honored as the "Best Long Island Personality" in Arts & Entertainment, an honor that has gone to Billy Joel six times.

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