Brian Mark Johnson (born March 17, 1978) is an American contemporary worship musician and worship pastor. He is the president and co-founder of Bethel Music, as well as a member of its Artist Collective and is one-half of the husband-and-wife worship duo, Brian & Jenn Johnson. He is also a senior worship pastor at Bethel Church in Redding, California, and a Senior Overseer of WorshipU, an online school of worship under Bethel Music which he co-founded with Jenn Johnson.
Regarding his music career as a soloist, Brian Johnson has released one album, Love Came Down - Live Acoustic Worship in the Studio in 2010 which was produced by Jeremy Edwardson. As a part of the Brian & Jenn Johnson duo, three live albums were released: Undone (2001), We Believe (2006), the duo's first release to chart on Billboard's Christian Albums chart, Where You Go I Go (2008) and one studio album, After All These Years (2017), the duo's first album to chart on the US Billboard 200 and has performed well internationally. As a founding member of the Bethel Music Artist Collective, Brian Johnson has been a featured vocalist on most of the albums that were released including Be Lifted High (2011), The Loft Sessions (2012), Tides (2013), We Will Not Be Shaken (2015) and Have It All (2016). Brian Johnson, as a songwriter, has co-written CCLI Top 100 Chart ranking songs such as "Love Came Down", "No Longer Slaves", "Forever" and "One Thing Remains" among other popular anthems such as "We Will Not Be Shaken" and "Have It All".
In his capacity as a record producer, Brian Johnson has worked alongside various producers such as Jeremy Edwardson, Ian McIntosh and others in the production of albums such as Brian & Jenn Johnson's We Believe (2006), Bethel Music's The Loft Sessions (2012) and For the Sake of the World (2012) as well as Jesus Culture's first compilation album, This Is Jesus Culture (2015).
Johnson was born on March 17, 1978 to Bill Johnson and Brenda "Beni" Johnson in Redding, California. In the year of his birth, the Johnson family moved to Weaverville, California, after Bethel Church, under the leadership of his grandfather, Earl Johnson, sent his father to pastor Mountain Chapel. He completed his high school education at Trinity High School in Weaverville. After seventeen years, the Johnsons moved back to Redding in 1996 when Bill and Beni Johnson assumed leadership of Bethel Church.
Johnson has two siblings, an older brother, Eric Johnson, who is a pastor at Bethel Church, and younger sister Leah Valenzuela (née Johnson), who is also a member of the Bethel Music Artist Collective and one of the worship leaders at Bethel Church.
In 2000, Brian Johnson and his wife, Jenn Johnson, took over the worship department at Bethel Church, being appointed senior worship pastors. As Brian & Jenn Johnson alongside Leah Valenzuela, their debut live album, Undone, was released in 2001. After a five-year hiatus, Brian & Jenn Johnson released their second live album, We Believe in 2006, the first album to be co-produced by Johnson alongside Jeremy Edwardson and Steven Tracy. We Believe, the first album by the duo to register on the Billboard Christian Albums chart, peaked at No. 48 on October 14, 2006. On September 30, 2008, Where You Go I Go was released by the duo via the label, Ion Records.
In 2010, Bethel Music released Here Is Love, its debut album on October 12, via its own label, Bethel Music alongside Integrity Music. Johnson featured on four tracks: "My Soul Sings", "What Does It Sound Like", "Worthy Is the Lamb" and "Here Is Love", which he sang alongside his wife, Jenn Johnson. Johnson made an appearance on Dave Fitzgerald's debut album, Hope of Heaven: Live at Bethel Church, which was released on October 26, featuring on the song "Shine". Soon after Fitzgerald's release, Love Came Down - Live Acoustic Worship in the Studio, Brian Johnson's debut live album, was released by record labels Bethel and Kingsway Music on November 9. Love Came Down was produced by Jeremy Edwardson, and recorded at The Soundhouse, a studio owned by Jeremy Edwardson in Redding, California.