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Wednesday, March 12 • 9:20pm - 9:50pm
Jennifer Johns

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Jennifer Johns Vacillating between Hip-Hop, R&B, Soul, Electronica, Funk, Reggae, World and every kind of rhythm in between, sultry voiced Jennifer Johns crafts stirring tunes that are both heart-rending and head-bobbing. The Oakland, California music powerhouse proved herself as a potent interpreter of taboo desires with a passion for creating “Electric Hip-Soul,” on her critically-hailed debut, heavyelectromagneticsoularpoeticjunglehop, showing up & coming singers/songwriters/lyricists/producers how it’s done. An exceptionally graceful artist, Johns got her start by hitting high notes in the church and school choirs, but it was her experience performing with the multi-culti Oakland Youth Chorus, where she received her comprehensive training. “I started with OYC from age 14 to 19 and we did some truly amazing stuff. We played with Roberta Flack Peabo Bryson, Melissa Manchester, Nancy Wilson to name a few. I also performed in their professional acapella ensemble, where we sang in a million different languages. The Bay Area is so rich in culture; it’s also the birthplace of so many revolutionary movements and home to ton of notable artists across the board. That diversity is reflective of my music. Being from such a places, with so many powerful influences, forces you to make good music, not genre-specific music.” Allowing her boisterous pipes to branch out and extend across Adult Contemporary and Hip-Hop, Johns boldly stakes out her own turf on her sophomore effort, Painting On Wax, a title that symbolizes the calm after the storm. “I was just coming out of a painful break up during the recording of my first album. We did the great majority of the recording in a basement in Seattle over the span of 10 days, while I had bronchitis. To say the least I had a lot of emotional experiences while working on that album. I felt as if I had poured everything out of me; bled almost. So I felt that this time around, that I would much rather paint.” The dazzling 12 track composition is a perfect balance of genuine, intoxicatingly erotic slow burners and feel-good vocal confections that are full of life. While the first single, “Move With It”, as well as “Goody Goody Gumdrops,” contain trunk rattling bass signifying certified club anthems, “Nasty” is on the opposite end of the spectrum; a clever cocktail of 80’s-era electro-Pop with sexually charged lyricism. On “Ghetto International”, the talented tunesmith calls on a bevy of talented California artists from the underground Hip-Hop scene to join her in a global jam fest where you find Palestinian and Panamanian MCs rhyming in their native languages. The Latin-flavored dancehall jam, “Get Up” was co-produced by Johns and is an exuberant funhouse of a record that makes you want to crank up the volume and do just what it says. "Let the Drum Moan" a percussive sensual knocker co-produced by DJ Uno while on tour in Malaysia shows Jennifer's love for "painting" in international colors, “Chasing The Sun” is another musical gem one of the 4-songs Johns co-produced, and is a beautiful expression of her spirituality. With guest appearances by Gift of Gab from Blackalicious and Zion, to name a few and production provided by Amp Live, Zion and Grammy-nominees Spontaneous (Mystic) and Charles Stella (Norah Jones, Wax Poetic, Mos Def, Olu Dara), Paint on Wax is a musical masterpiece. The standout songstress has toured with and opened shows for some of the most respected names in the industry including Lauryn Hill, Black Eyed Peas, Mos Def, Common, KRS-1, Les Nubian, Blackalicious, Zap Mama, Res, Capelton, Junior Reid, Shaggy, Slum Village, Bebel Gilberto, MC Lyte and Black Thought of The Roots, to name a few. Johns music abounds with experiences that are both familiar and inspiring, which is an instant reminder of her hit-making prowess. In addition to amplifying her voice for the masses, Johns also lends her time to a variety of community based organizations, namely after-school music programs. She sits on the board for The SafeFund an organization that raises awareness for battered women and children, in addition to working with Youth Speaks, a program that supports young people and the arts. Describing her poignant album as “sexy, b-girl, b-woman, international Hip-Hop”, the left coast ingénue who was influenced by Sade, Whitney Houston, Bob Marley, Earth, Wind & Fire, Stevie Snow and Rakim, Jennifer Johns has successfully created a record of new material as durable as her old. “ You will always know what’s going on with me and my perspective on the happening in our world through my music. I think every great artist does that; the idea is to create a soundtrack to life, right?"

Wednesday March 12, 2008 9:20pm - 9:50pm
Molotov Lounge 719 W 6th St

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