Johnny Gioeli, born on the 5th of October 1967 in Brooklyn, New York, is currently the vocalist of German guitarist Axel Rudi Pell and bands Hardline, Accomplice and Crush 40. Now he is currently working on the new Axel Rudi Pell - Mystica, the new Hardline - Just Add Water and the new Accomplice - She's On Fire.
He started drumming with the band Brunette in 1983 at the age of 17 but soon took up the singing position as that was his prime passion. They released only one demo with this band despite getting an increasing amount of fan interest.They decided to call it quits in 1991 due to indifferences. He then he started working with his brother on songs for an album they were going to call 'brothers'. However Neil Schon, Journey's guitarist, saw them and asked if he could play with them, and they agreed. Then in 1992 they released their first effort, entitled Double Eclipse,and called themselves "Hardline," which was moderatly succesfull but not enough to get into the mainstream music. After this they began writing songs for a second album but once again called it quits while recording the songs due to other troubles. Back in 1998, vocalist Jeff Scott Soto left the Axel Rudi Pell band, and Axel called Johnny Gioeli for his Oceans of Time CD, which up to date has been considered as one of the best Axel Rudi Pell albums so far.
After considerable success of their debut CD, Double Eclipse, the band dissolved for 10 years during which Johnny and his brother followed a career in internet business. After he met with further extensive success in the band Axel Rudi Pell, Johnny and his band 'Hardline' returned to release their second album entitled II and was released in 2002 followed by the live CD/DVD in 2003, named Live At The Gods (2002). The band is currently working on a new album, Just Add Water.
He has been working with video game composer and musician Jun Senoue and has delivered his vocals in the Sons Of Angels CD, Thrill Of The Feel (released in 2000) and he is currently in the band Crush 40, where he sang several songs in recent Sonic the Hedgehog games, such as the theme tune "Sonic Heroes," a bright, melodic song and in contrast "What I'm Made Of," a distinctly dark, energetic hard rock song with metal sensibilities for the final struggle of the game. He was also the vocalist for the songs Open Your Heart, the main theme of Sonic Adventure, Live & Learn, the main theme of Sonic Adventure 2, "I Am... All Of Me," the main theme of Shadow the Hedgehog, and "Never Turn Back," the ending theme from the same game.
In the animutation world, Johnny has only briefly appeared in Jun Senoue's Birthday Onslaught. When Jun Senoue first appears backstage, he demands that Johnny give him his sweater back (an obvious Hyakugojyuuichi reference).