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View From My Room

by Charlene Johnson

View From My Room blends rock, pop, and folk elements positioned in the sonic territory between Shawn Colvin and Jewel.
Genre: Pop: Folky Pop
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1. Laughing
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2. Light
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3. Invisible
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4. So Much More
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5. Large
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6. Song I Sing
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7. Border Radio
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8. A Pretty View
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9. There You Are
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10. Blossom
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
"View From My Room" is a portrayal of human insecurity and struggle between ego and higher self. The marriage between Charlene's unique voice with its lyrical twang and Greg Johnson's acoustic/electric guitar strums, takes you on a journey that is honest, heartfelt and tinged with an edge of anger. The music itself blends folk, alt.country, pop and rock elements in the sonic territory positioned between Shawn Colvin and Sixpence None the Richer.

"View From My Room" (nominated "Best Folk" by the Orange County Music Awards 2005) was produced and recorded by Paul Stebner at Slack Boy Studios in Tustin, California. The album features nine originals and one cover song-an alt.country version of Dave Alvin's "Border Radio" with guest appearances by Kerry Getz, John Bazz (bass player of The Blasters) and Alex Armstrong on riquinto guitar. Other notable Orange County artists that lent their talents include Steve Carson and Marnie Ann on vocals, Don Reed on dobro, Randy Rusk on guitar, Jon Mattox on drums (Young Dubliners) and Carol Roman on piano.

With the release of the album in January 2005, Charlene Johnson has finally given in to her wander lustings of music on the road. She and guitar player/husband, Greg Johnson, have sold their belongings, giving up the house and stressful jobs to hit the road in a 36 foot RV to promote "View From My Room", tighten their performing chops and experience America. The intention is to live authentically and continue to grow-writing songs that are honest along the way.


*Robert Kinsler from the OC Register writes:
".....Blending alt-country, pop and folk with an ease that defies cliché, singer-songwriter Charlene Johnson's "View From My Room" is a 10-song disc that richly explores love, loss and anger in lyrical and musical layers almost as large as life itself. Whether dealing with self-doubt and insecurity (the intoxicating "Invisible") or the renewal of the human spirit ("Blossom"), Johnson and her husband, guitarist-songwriter Greg Johnson, have written an array of songs that delve deep into the human spirit and reveal their forceful themes and secrets with each successive listen."
 

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Hector Barajas


Have been a huge fan of your Rock, Country & Folk sound from your earlier days and since your first CD, "Blossom". I love all your music. Your songs are inspiring, very well written, and from the heart. Your voice, Charlene, is pure and comforting. Can't get enough of "laughing", off your "View from my room" CD....what a huge hit! Keep the music coming....you are extremely talented and wish you much success. Congratulations on your Orange County Award nomination!
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Laurie Skeen

I absolutely love your new CD!
I listened to it and had it on repeat for about 4 hours. I can feel you pouring out your heartaches and joys in each song and it makes me feel closer to you! Great Job. My favorite song is Blossom.
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Paul Stebner

An intuitive, sweet, natural, artistic talent.
It was an honor to work with Charlene on this album. She's one of those artists that is beautiful inside and out. We had a great time arranging and drawing out the pure essences of these heartfelt songs. It all came very spontaneously and naturally. Track #6 "Song I Sing" is my personal favorite.
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Tom Ferrell

I love the CD...
I love the CD! Great stuff - Charlene's voice is beautiful, and the music has a good folk feel with a little bit of an edge to keep it honest. Very impressed! The cover of "Border Radio" is almost too beautiful to listen to. Great selection.
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Stephanie

Amazing!!!!!!!
So I listened to your entire cd on the way home today and it was
amazing!!!!!!! I just got done playing around on your website and you have the most adorable family too! Very jealous of your trip. I really can't wait to see you and greg perform live now! Best Wishes.
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Alice Marie

Beautiful...
...Beautiful CD. From the gorgeous artwork to the top-notch writing and production, it's clearly a labor of love. I was particularly taken by "Laughing" and "Song I Sing." And of course, your soft-and-warm-as-cashmere voice.
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Alice Marie
http://www.AliceMarie.net
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Shelley Star

I have been waiting for something this good for A LONG time!!!
this cd reminds me of past folk heroes like joni mitchell or rickie lee jones.
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Amy England

...listened to it all the way down to NY...
I wanted to drop you a line to tell you how much I like your cd. You have one of the most beautiful & unusual voices I've heard. I esp. like Invisible & listened to it all the way down to NY.
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