Josie Johnson moved from Minnesota to Portland, Oregon in 2010. She and her boyfriend rented a basement apartment on Failing Street. Her boyfriend returned to the land of 10,000 lakes. Josie stayed and wrote about the fateful street. A friend commenting on her sad songs asked, “You’re happy otherwise, right?”
“Failing Street” is just one of the songs she recorded at Jackpot! Recording Studio where fate intervened once again and brought her together with sound engineer Kendra Lynn and bass guitarist Adam Justin Raitano. A bond was formed, a band was born, and now they are Happy Otherwise.
The trio is a blend of poignant lyrics and vocals delivered with theatrical style by Johnson, complimented by the heartfelt harmonies and eclectic percussion of Lynn and held together with artistry by the bass guitar of Raitano.