Friday, June 29, 2012

Day 62: Black Music Month - Syleena Johnson

Syleena Johnson is a Grammy-nominated vocalist, songwriter, and producer.  The daughter of legendary Blues/Soul singer, songwriter, and musician Syl Johnson, she’s proved to be one of the most promising R&B/Soul singer-songwriters in the industry.  She’s a soul singer – point blank. You can’t help but be moved by her powerful, sexy, gritty, and emotional voice.  She has old school sensibilities that flourish in a contemporary soul environment.  Her style can, at times, be reminiscent of of Betty Wright, Millie Jackson, Mavis Staples, and Tina Turner (to name a few).  Since 1999, she’s released 6 albums.  Her most recent release, “Chapter V: Underrated” (2011), was released on her own label—Aneelys Records.  It’s her most ambitious and satisfying album to date.  This summer, Johnson will be featured along with Faith Evans,  Nicci Gilbert (of Brownstone), Keke Wyatt, and Monifah on TV One’s “R&B Divas.”  Shot primarily in Atlanta, the show chronicles their true personal and professional lives as women in the music industry and their tight bond as friends (through it all).


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