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Kirk A. Johnson
Independent / The Truth / Prince - United States


Drummer… Producer… Performer… Dancer… All of these words accurately describe Kirk Johnson and his accomplishments in the entertainment field.

As an active member of Paisley Park Studios since 1990, Kirk has been involved in almost all aspects of Prince's musical journey from the 90's to the present. Starting as a dancer and choreographer for NPG, Kirk soon moved over to the production side in 1993. During this time, he also created Kitchen Records in which to record his own music and artists such as Walter Chancellor, Jr, and Fonky Bald Heads.

It wasn't until 1996 that he took over the drumchair for Prince and appeared on releases such as Diamonds and Pearls (percussion), The Gold Experience (programming), Symbol, Chaos & Disorder, Emancipation (drums/production), Rave Un2 the Joy Fantastic, and The Vault: Old Friends 4 Sale.

He has also co-written/produced for multiple artists projects including Chaka Khan; Larry Grahm, Boyz II Men, Jevetta Steel, El DeBarge, Monie Love, Tevin Campbell, Rosie Gaines, Mavis Staples, Nona Gaye, The Donz, Najee, and many more.

Kirk is still involved with Paisley Park Studios, touring worldwide with Candy Dulfer, and The Truth... consisting of St. Paul Peterson (The Time, The Family) on bass, vocals, guitar and keyboards, Jellybean Johnson (The Time, The Family) on guitar, Odell (Mint Condition) on guitar and vocals, Jerry Hubbard (The Time, Jesse Johnson) on bass, keyboards, guitar and vocals, Chance Howard (Prince, The Time) on bass guitar, bass synth and vocals, Kirk Johnson (Prince) on drums and vocals, Eric Leeds (Prince) on saxophones, keyboards and vocals and Donnie La Marca (Jonny Lang, Bobby Caldwell) on keyboards


The Truth @ MySpace

Equipment Configuration

MMP Masters Series

24x18 bass drum
10x10 tom
12x10 tom
14x14 floor tom
16x16 floor tom
14x6.5 snare drum