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Music Is Art

by Steph Johnson

Nine soulful, accessible and evocative original compositions, plus "Human Race," a unique take on Wayne Shorter's classic "Night Dreamer." Produced by Grammy Award Winning producer, Kamau Kenyatta (Gregory Porter, 2014).
Genre: Jazz: Soul-Jazz
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Be Light
2:53 $1.20
2. Feel Better
4:35 $1.20
3. Music Is Art
2:43 $1.20
4. You and I
3:47 $1.20
5. Happy People
3:45 $1.20
6. Rich Like This
4:45 $1.20
7. Human Race
3:46 $1.20
8. Hey Love
3:09 $1.20
9. East Jesus
3:42 $1.20
10. Maybe
2:58 $1.20
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Album Notes
"Seeking truth through groove, singer-songwriter Steph Johnson’s latest recording Music Is Art documents her continuing evolution as a musician with a new emphasis on the recording studio as an inherent partner in the creative process -- guided by the steady hand of Grammy Award winning producer Kamau Kenyatta who clearly knows a thing or two about vocal talent.

As a songwriter, Johnson leans closer to Marvin Gaye than Joni Mitchell and this disc signals a return to her core strengths as a communicator – rhythmic depth and smoky, pliant power – made doubly effective with the wider sonic palette afforded by sublime guest appearances from trumpeter Curtis Taylor and Kenyatta himself on keyboards and soprano saxophone.

Johnson’s growth as a guitarist has also grown exponentially, nicely showcased on “Hey Love,” a paean to life’s vicissitudes that culminates in an extremely well-crafted solo. In songcraft terms, I’m also a big fan of “Rich Like This,” underpinned by Rob Thorsen’s soulful ostinato and Johnson’s sweet yearning vocal which really soars on Taylor’s muted trumpet.

It’s been four years since Johnson’s self-produced Nature Girl, four years devoted to growth and expansion. Music Is Art is the result, and the proof, as they say, is in the pudding. Highly recommended." - Robert Bush/NBC



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