Born and raised in Topeka, Aaron Johnston is the drummer of the trio whose latest CD, ``New York City,'' is a Grammy nominee for Best Electronic/Dance Album. The band faces nominees such as Cyndi Lauper and Kylie Minogue at the Feb. 8 Grammy Awards show.
Of the Brazilian Girls, only one is female and none are Brazilian. Johnston said the group is named for ``a lot of Brazilian girls'' attracted by another act's music at the New York club where his band played.
During a holiday visit to Topeka, Johnston said he started playing drums in grade school, and played in area rock bands prior to leaving Kansas to play professionally.
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