James Reid partners with Johnnie Walker before ‘California Lovin’ release


James Reid, 29, is mixing music and Scotch whisky literally. The Filipino-Australian singer, songwriter and actor partnered with Johnnie Walker to celebrate World Music Day on June 21, 2022.

Reid was born to an Australian father and a Filipino mother in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. Sydney is around 725.3 km away from Shepparton, Victoria, Australia, one of the sister cities of Baguio City, Philippines.

James Reid
James Reid

The world first got to experience Reid’s new single “California Lovin” with its performance video release on the Press Play platform of The Grammy Awards on May 26, 2022. The song will be available on all major streaming platforms on June 30, 2022.

Reid’s releases in 2022 alone had a more global push with collaborations with international artists as well as songs that are produced abroad. Fans can definitely expect more world-class singles and performances from him.

In partnership with Johnnie Walker, Reid created Johnnie California Highball, the perfect drink to enjoy while listening to “California Lovin”. Hints of apple and citrus meet the signature smoke of a Johnnie Walker Black Label in this custom highball, creating a taste that instantly transports you to the bright, warm summers of California, United States.


Joining the World Music Day celebration, Johnnie Walker raises a toast to progress in music through its cultural partners called The Walkers. As cultural change makers, they represent the latest chapter of the brand’s famous Keep Walking campaign inspiring progress.

Being part of the global community of Walkers, Reid is leading the way to inspire progress within the Filipino music scene by taking Original Pinoy Music (OPM) to the world stage. The release of his new single along with the custom highball shortly after World Music Day strings together perfectly with the celebration of musicians across the globe and their contribution towards making the world move in harmony and unison.

This perfectly balanced drink with afternotes of vanilla, completes the “California Lovin” experience. Enjoy your own Johnnie California Highball by following the recipe below!

  • 45ml Johnnie Walker Black
  • 25ml Apple Juice
  • 15ml Lime
  • 10ml Vanilla
  • Top with Ginger Ale
  • Dash of Lemon Bitters
  • Fan of Apple slices as garnish


The Johnnie California Highball will be sold for 350 pesos in all Notorious Concepts Restaurants below:

  • Alamat | 2/F, 5666 Don Pedro, Poblacion, Makati, 1209 Metro Manila, Philippines
  • West32 | 1/F, 8464 Makati Ave, Makati, Metro Manila, Philippines
  • Japonesa | 1/F, 8464 Makati Ave, Makati, Metro Manila, Philippines
  • HQ | 8464 Kalayaan Ave, Poblacion, Makati, 1210 Metro Manila, Philippines

Check out the social media channels of Johnnie Walker PH (@johnniewalkerph), Careless Music (@carelessph) and James Reid (@james) on Instagram for updates. Drink responsibly. Visit the site to learn more about alcohol facts.

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