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"Music is Art" is a collaboration with Grammy Award Winning producer, Kamau Kenyatta and features nine soulful, accessible and evocative original compositions by Steph Johnson, plus "Human Race," a unique take on Wayne Shorter's classic "Night Dreamer."
This album features stellar musical support from trumpeter Curtis Taylor (James Carter, Billy Childs), guitarist Gregory “Gmo” Moore (Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, Earth Wind and Fire), Kamau Kenyatta (Hubert Laws, Donald Byrd), bassist Rob Thorsen, Drummer Fernando Gomez and organist Andrej Pivec. The CD has propelled her career to new heights and combines her jazz prowess with her soulful R&B roots. “…her core strength is as a communicator with rhythmic depth and smoky, pliant power…Johnson’s sweet yearning vocal really soars on Music is Art…Highly recommended.” Robert Bush/NBC
So in Love
Available Spring 2020
I am happy to announce the upcoming release of my 5th studio album, "So in Love." Featuring pianist Josh Nelson (Natalie Cole), guitarist Anthony Wilson (Diana Krall), trumpeter Chris Lawrence, bassist Rob Thorsen and drummer Richard Sellers - this NEW album is a collection of my favorite jazz standards and ballads and I can't wait to share the whole project with you!
Play a part in getting this music on the radio, streaming on all platforms and bringing it to live concerts and audiences worldwide. With your help, we will be able to release this music in the Spring 2020.
I am pre-selling CDs, vinyls and digital downloads to help cover the costs of getting the album finished and on jazz radio stations around the world. I am also offering some really fun perks with this release! So go pre-order your copy today!
Nominated for Best Jazz Album at the 2013 San Diego Music Awards, Nature Girl features 11 songs by the Steph Johnson Trio. With Johnson on vocals and
guitar, Rob Thorsen on upright bass and young drum virtuoso,
These six originals and five standards were recorded live in
studio over two days.
From the opening strains of "Chocolate," where Johnson's big, soulful voice activates crisp brushwork and muscular, James
Jamerson lines - it's all here.