Interview: Doobie Daughter Lara Johnston Drawing Raves

Singer-songwriter Lara Johnston talks about her influences, songwriting, and performing in front of classmates.

Jason Kobelyby Jason Kobely


It's never easy following in a famous parent's footsteps — just ask singer/songwriter Lara Johnston.  The 22-year-old USC student is the daughter of Doobie Brothers lead singer and founding member Tom Johnston — and now, she's putting together a thriving music career of her own.

Two years ago, Johnston won third place in BMI’s John Lennon Songwriting Scholarship competition for her original song, “Mister (Be My Man).”  Then this October, Johnston scored another major honor, capturing the first ever Unsigned Only grand prize, beating out almost 7,500 entries worldwide with her song, “K.I.S.S.”

Johnston talked with Crave Online about her burgeoning career as well as the artists who have influenced her — not to mention the anxiety of belting out songs in front of her classmates.  Check out the full interview here!