On February 9, 2018 Steph Johnson will be honored with a national George Washington Medal award, recognized as one of Freedoms Foundation’s top Community contributors!
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A special thank you for Virginia Syverson who nominated Steph!
by Keith MacLachlan
The Jazz Shed had the opportunity to sit down with Steph Johnson this July to discuss her unique vocal and guitar stylings; part jazz, part soul, and more. Our conversation quickly expanded beyond just music to her blossoming career as a community builder and advocate.
The choir where homeless singers find hope and acceptance
Dec 27, 2016 by Susan Murphy
“I’m blind and I’m homeless right now,” said Janet Bolden, her hair swept back in long braids that hung over her gray sweatshirt. Like Bolden, half of the choir members are homeless.
The woman behind the Voices of Our City Choir is Steph Johnson, a jazz singer and recording artist who wanted to raise awareness of homelessness. (Video included in the "READ MORE" button).
La Femme Benefit Concert March 2017 at the Music Box.
Photo by Eiji Fuller.
Choir gives a voice to San Diego's homeless
published Nov 29, 2016 by Karla Peterson
“With music, it is this healing experience that hits you in a completely different place,” Johnson said. “It is still a hard life out on the concrete, but when we finish rehearsals, people are singing as they walk down the street. Music reminds them of a positive time in their lives, and that is so beautiful.” - Steph Johnson.
Music is Art was released on September 1st, 2016. Features Grammy Award Winning Producer, Kamau Kenyatta (Gregory Porter). Listen or purchase your own copy by clicking the album picture.
STEPH JOHNSON: Music Is Art
October 2016 by Paul Hormick
With her latest CD, Music Is Art, local singer/songwriter Steph Johnson taps into this cool urban vibe with great success. First off, Johnson has a seductive, timbrous alto. She grooves with the band, but there is an added liveliness. It is almost as if her vocal dances on top of the backing instrumentation. We music reviewers are always tempted to pigeonhole performers, particularly singers. [...] ...it is impossible to categorize Steph Johnson, and if there is anything that sells this recording it is her unique singing talent.
Steph was all smiles when she picked up her first Heritage Guitar in January, 2016 at the NAMM show.
Steph Johnson Band proves Music Is Art
October 28, 2016 by Robert Bush
Soul-jazz vocalist Steph Johnson threw a party for her Music Is Art record-release event on October 21 at Bread & Salt, drawing a standing-room-only crowd of dedicated supporters primed to cheer on her long-time trio of bassist Rob Thorsen and drummer Fernando Gomez. As on the album, that ensemble was expanded to include Kamau Kenyatta on sax and keys, Gregory Moore (of Earth, Wind & Fire) on lead guitar, Curtis Taylor on trumpet, and Tonga Ross-Ma’u on piano.
Melonie Grinnell (piano)
Shana Tucker (cello|voice)
Steph Johnson (guitar|voice)
Shirazette Tinnin (drums|percussion)
Rob Thorsen (acoustic bass)
Los Angeles July 21st
San Diego July 22nd
Summer 2017 West Coast Premiere
Our work, individually and collectively, makes up a diverse collection of "Women's Work." We are a collaborative of musicians, soulfully representative of a wide array of styles from chamber, jazz, soul, latin and funk.
9 of SD's Top Rhythm Guitarists
April 29, 2014
Steph Johnson: This arresting jazz/soul/r&b guitarist/vocalist is always a good choice if you can catch her and her band around town. Her exceptional guitar work can easily be overshadowed by her soulful, velvety vocals, but make no mistake: She's a true double-threat, only playing what the songs require.