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Angela Johnson

Angela Johnson

For 17 years she's made it look easy: marriage, motherhood, music career, and managing the enviable feat of becoming one of the most consistently sought-after producers and songwriters in independent soul. It doesn't hurt that she's also a knockout. For 17 years, Angela Johnson has been the real-life Superwoman of Independent Music. One of the first Indie Queens of Soul to reign, Johnson has released six albums of guilty pleasures that have caused thousands of souls to sing and feet to move around the globe. Building on the momentum established from her first two critically-acclaimed projects with Cooly's hot-box, Johnson has become an international sensation in the UK and Japan and credibly positioned herself as a bankable brand with companies seeking fresh and innovative artists-partners. After years of sharing only the smiling siren behind the keys, with her latest Purpose Music release, It's Personal, Johnson is now ready to reveal the truth behind the image and finally share the intimate secret to her fan's #1 question: How does she do it?Johnson will be the first to tell you that at least half of the reason she's able to do it is her solid Utica, New York upbringing. A musical child prodigy, 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. Johnson's 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 the ear arresting rhythms of her heart and the voice that echoed the notes endlessly playing in her head. Multi-hyphenated personal icons like Patrice Rushen and Angela Winbush set a path for Johnson in sound and illuminated the possible for a blue-collar girl who knew a multi-faceted musical destiny awaited her.Born for music, Johnson enrolled in the State University of New York at Purchase (SUNY) to further study violin. At SUNY, she met her future Cooly's 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 dance hits ("We Don't Have To Be Alone," "What A Surprise," and "Make Me Happy") earned the band an international reputation for earnest, soulful grooves. 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 Cooly's Hot Box debut album, Johnson decided it was time to express the woman she is alone and simultaneously recorded her solo debut, They Don't Know (Purpose). Immediately distinguishing her sound from Cooly's, Johnson's solo debut, and its radio hit "Ordinary Things" loudly announced exactly what the industry should know: that Angela Johnson was here to stay. The industry listened. Songs from They Don't Know and its intimate follow-up, Got To Let It Go (Purpose), were licensed by HBO's The Wire, UPN's Kevin Hill, FX's The Shield, and the WB's Roswell. As a featured spokesperson Angela was also appearing in Japanese car commercials for Nissan. In 2004 Angela briefly reunited with Cooly's hot-box to record their sophomore album, Don't Be Afraid-Get On (Purpose). In early 2005 the band was featured in a national TV advertising campaign for (AT&T/Cingular). That same year Johnson departed the band who'd later become Tortured Soul. As a front woman for Cooly's hot-box, Johnson had toured the world, now it was time to conquer it as an artistic force in her own right.More than a pretty face, Johnson began penning hits for artists like Conya Doss ("Emotions"), Seek ("Journey Into Day"), Laurnea ("No Shame"), Monét ("Wanna Kiss You"), Reel People ("Can't Stop"), and Japanese R&B superstar Double, for whom Johnson landed a 2001 top ten, gold selling hit, "Angel." Her achievements as a producer and songwriter earned…


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