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ANGELA JOHNSON

2012-07-03
Showtime: 8:00PM
Doors Open at 6:00PM

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Angela Johnson
FEATURING:
Angela Johnson, vocals
Other musicians, TBA

In an era of female iconography that celebrates sex tapes with fame, rewards gold-digging with television shows, and delivers lucrative endorsement deals to cat fighters rocking Jimmie Choos, Johnson is the antidote to the ceaseless media messaging of who Black women are supposed to be and presents an image of who the consummate Black woman really is. Representing bold and confident women of substance who can still have fun and command all eyes in a room with her undeniable spirit more than her undeniable cleavage, the New York native stands up for women rarely acknowledged in the media or the music. As a R&B and dance artist, Johnson has used her considerable musical gifts for nearly 20 years to elevate the status of that every day superwoman, the one holding down the home, the office, the kids, her man and their community with grace and more than a little moxie. All that talent and fierceness is on full display on her fifth solo project in a decade and seventh since her days with the Coolys Hot Box, Revised, Edited & Flipped, is Johnsons first, much anticipated remix project.



Long before she became an independent dance and soul music icon or a champion for positive Black women, Angela Johnson was the working class girl next door. Born a musical child prodigy in Utica, NY, Johnson was playing piano by age four and violin by nine. The eldest of four, Johnson was supported throughout her formative years by a loving family in her most evident passion. Johnsons Baptist church family added another layer of encouragement, giving her those crucial first opportunities to rock an audience as a choir director, organist and eventual star performer. At her spiritual and musical training ground, Johnson refined her ear and skills as a musician and songwriter. Multi-hyphenated personal icons like Patrice Rushen and Angela Winbush set a path for Johnson in sound and illuminated the possible for the ambitious young performer.

Following her destiny, Johnson enrolled in the State University of New York at Purchase (SUNY) to further study violin. At SUNY, she met her future Coolys Hot Box bandmates and songwriting partner, Christian Urich. Together the eclectic soul and acid jazz band landed a deal with Polygram Records that ended almost before it begun. A trifecta of international dance hits (We Dont Have To Be Alone, What A Surprise, and Make Me Happy) followed. In 2002, the group inked a new deal with Virgin Records, and released their critically acclaimed debut album, Take It. While honing her production and songwriting chops on the Coolys debut album, Johnson decided to express the woman she was becoming on her own and simultaneously recorded her solo debut, They Dont Know (Purpose). Immediately distinguishing her sound from Coolys, Johnsons solo debut, and its radio hit Ordinary Things loudly announced that Angela Johnson was here to stay.

The industry listened. Songs from They Dont Know and its intimate follow-up, Got To Let It Go (Purpose), were licensed by HBOs The Wire, UPNs Kevin Hill, FXs The Shield, and the WBs Roswell. As a featured spokesperson, Johnson was also appearing in Japanese car commercials for Nissan. In 2004, Johnson briefly reunited with Coolys to record their sophomore album, Dont Be Afraid-Get On (Purpose), which led to a featured spot in a 2005 national TV ad campaign for ATT. That same year Johnson departed the band whod later become Tortured Soul. As a front woman for Coolys, Johnson had toured the world, now it was time to conquer it as an artistic force in her own right.

Johnson began penning hits for Conya Doss (Emotions), Seek (Journey Into Day), Laurnea (No Shame), Mont (Wanna Kiss You), Reel People (Cant Stop), and Japanese R&B superstar Double, for whom Johnson landed a 2001 Top 10, gold-selling hit, Angel. Her achievements as a producer and songwriter earned the respect of artists like: Maysa, Frank McComb, Eric Roberson, Rahsaan Patterson, Gordon Chambers, and Marlon Saunders, among others. Each graciously performed on Johnsons 2008 single producer compilation, A Womans Touch (Purpose). The much celebrated album yielded the radio hit Let Me Know (feat. Eric Roberson) and an Album of the Year nod at that years Soul Tracks Readers Choice Awards. Its Personal (Purpose) followed in 2010 and produced yet two more radio jam with Better and All in Me (feat. Darien).

On stages from Kyoto to Briton, Johnsons commercial success and Madison Avenue appeal helped to cultivate the alluring image of an independent Superwoman who was handling life with sass and aplomb, but Johnson was more. The secret weapon that has allowed Johnson to keep so many balls afloat for so long is her nearly 20-year marriage to her manager and Purpose Music co-founder, Russell Johnson. The duo defies every stereotype about the longevity of Black marriages and the follies of mixing marriage and business. Angelas comic sensibilities and creative chaos are complemented by Russells straight man stability and orderly business savvy. The Johnsons yin and yang work because there are no leaders, only partners. Together raising and touring with their daughter, the Johnsons take co-parenting as seriously on the road as they do in their Newark, New Jersey home. All of these intimate experiences both ground and bring new dimensions to her work.

 

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