Johanna Stahley | I'm Not Perfect

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I'm Not Perfect

by Johanna Stahley

Pop music that kicks ass. Featured all over the boob tube.
Genre: Pop: Pop/Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. I Can
4:17 album only
2. I'm Not Perfect
3:16 album only
3. Nothing I Would Change
3:05 album only
4. Right Here
2:54 album only
5. Monday Morning
4:09 album only
6. The Bartender Song
3:16 album only
7. What You're Doing
3:02 album only
8. Misery
4:09 album only
9. Don't Love You
4:27 album only
10. No Umbrella
3:19 album only


Album Notes
Johanna Stahley makes pop songs that bounce, groove and get up in your face. Her music and her performances kick ass like every Jersey girl should.

"Music is where I can always be in the moment," says the singer/songwriter whose opening album cut "I Can," off her solo LP "I'm Not Perfect," was tapped as the theme song for the TV show "Ruby," Style Network Fall 2008.

Johanna made waves in the late '90s/early 00’s as the lead singer of the New Brunswick, NJ, band Spredhaus, known for their kinetic funk/rock and engaging stage antics. After six years with Spredhaus, she moved on to a solo career, releasing the EP "After Ours" in 2004 and in 2006, her first LP, "I'm Not Perfect," recorded with Williamsburg, Brooklyn, producers Yellopop.

Reviews by "The Village Voice" touted "'I'm Not Perfect” as "…a better and bouncier Sheryl Crow album…" The next day Johanna was chosen as a "MySpace Featured Artist," which led to a publishing deal with Cherry Lane Music.

Her songs have since found placements all over the tube, including a Wrigley's Extra Gum commercial and prominent use in TV shows including "Men in Trees," "The Real World," and "Cane."

Johanna's publishing deal is only one facet of her career. "Writing and producing is great, but my true passion is lighting audiences on fire, not literally of course!" says the songstress. She's lighting them up, playing shows from New York to Chicago, all the way to Tennessee, living the moment on every stage.

Currently, Johanna is hard at work on the upcoming debut album for her side project “The Kiss Tried to Smack Me.”



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Studio ChâteauNeuf

Powerful, rhythmic, introspective...truly a professional piece of work
One of the strongest independent works to grace our platines yet, Johanna delivers a big sound and the production is pro in every respect...within and across tunes, it is intelligently crafted and arranged. Soul and R&B with a unique edge, it is a delight to listen to--modern yet nostaligically flavored. Johanna has earned a prominent place in our rotation and collection of exceptional independents. This is a must have (if they can keep it in stock!)


Johanna has a kick-ass, soulful voice that hits you to the core
Every song on this CD strummed its way into my soul. It lifted me up and straightened me out. I listen to it everyday, every night, and every time in between. If music can tame a wild beast, then this music turned me into a baby, content in its mothers arms.

A. Wool

Who needs perfection, anyway?
In today's music industry, fueled heavily by recycled beats, dime-a-dozen vocals, unoriginal lyrics, and reality TV, a few shining artists have managed to break the mold and bring what's left of classic rock to the forefront, even for only a few minutes at a time. KT Tunstall is one of them. Johanna Stahley may very well be the next.

Her first album is a fun, witty and uniquely well-crafted collection of songs. I say "fun" because of the contagious melody and self-confident vibes of her funky lead-off "I Can" and the cheerfully spunky nature of "Nothing I Would Change." I say "witty" because of "Monday Morning," which takes an optimistic and ambitious approach to the typically dreaded time of the week, and "The Bartender Song," a surprisingly candid glimpse into what can only be described as a "big-girl crush." I say "uniquely well-crafted" because of songs like "Don't Love you" and "Misery," whose lyrics have the potential to harbor a depressing sort of vibe, but like a true soul artist, Johanna sings them with a sort of honesty and expression that remind one of Pat Benetar, with essence of Sheryl Crow.

The credit goes to Johanna's optimism and dedication to making "kick-ass soul rock," which she accomplishes beautifully. Credit must be given also to her producers at Yellopop Productions, who bring an eclectic drive to each piece, making the CD as a whole sound wonderfully slick, but never overproduced in a cookie-cutter manner. Even on the album's slower moments, such as the sweet and brooding "Right Here," the energy never drags. In fact, "energetic" is the one word that might be used to describe this album as a whole.

Apparently, someone MTV came to their senses and played two of Johanna's songs on "Laguna Beach." Now if only that were the kind of music that dominated MTV as a whole...then we'd be in business. Lucky for us listeners, it seems like Johanna's up to the challenge.


A good cd
This CD is the second release of Johanna Stahley. I listened to her when she was part of the band Spreadhouse and her sound has grown on this CD. She still has a sultry voice and her lyrics are mature. The tunes can be catchy and you will find yourself humming them to yourself.


This CD has a great up beat sound to it and I can relate to the lyrics. Its a great mixture of soul, and rock and I love the tone of the artists voice its got a sweet sound.


This CD is great. Way better then any other music out there!
This CD is great. Way better then any other music out there!


The singer songwriters are not all dead, JS reminds me of the 70's songs that made me sing songs walking to school
And radio knew the right time to play that right kinda song.JS could be our radio artist of 2006, major labels need to look at the big picture JS can really make us smile again, and dam it she's not angry, sorry tracy chapman
but we need to smile now and then.....
watch out smallville lol

John Lawler

Diamond in the Rough
Johanna is the reason you search indy music. She understands, and writes about it.