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Biography

Sonia Johnson is one surprising jazz vocalist and her eclectic career eloquently testifies to this as she has performed with many renowned artists from the jazz and pop scene, such as Vic Vogel, Karen Young, Ray Anderson, Diane Tell et Jean-Pierre Ferland.
As a Juno Winner for the album Le Carré de nos amours (Vocal Jazz Album of the Year in 2012), she has also received 2014 Juno and ADISQ nominations for the collective Triades that includes singers Annie Poulain and Charles Biddle Jr.
Her last solo album Le cœur à l’endroit, which was listed in the top 5 best albums at ICI Musique of CBC Radio, is a subtle balm for souls in search of serenity, hope and for all those who enjoy jazz softly-crooned in French.
As a talented songwriter, she has collaborated with artists such as; Laila Biali, Steven Taetz or Félix Stüssi (Les Malcommodes invitent…) and has composed children’s songs for the entertainers Kalimba, Daniel Coutu and Bill Bestiole. Recently, she was invited to sing on a jazz/rock project by Vincent Rehel called Le Capitaine Ivre and to perform a tribute to Ella Fitzgerald alongside guitarist Stephen Johnston entitled Dialogues Ella & Joe.
In the last year, we heard Sonia as a soloist and a lyricist on the album Jazz Brésilien by composer, guitarist and mandolinist Rodrigo Simoes. She has completed a Master’s Degree in Jazz Composition, performed with the ONJM (Orchestra National de Jazz de Montréal) and is currently preparing a new album to be released in autumn 2019.

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Sonia Johnson’s first English – language album will be entitled Chrysalis, a series of songs illustrating transformation, creation and freedom. Exclusive video release.

ICI MUSIQUE

Sonia Johnson takes over the blues/jazz song Why Don’t You Do Right, written in 1936 by Joseph “Kansas Joe” McCoy and made popular by Ella Fitzgerald, as well as Peggy Lee and Benny Goodman.

ICI MUSIQUE

Sonia Johnson interprets a rendition of the standard Lush Life, that Ella Fitzgerald and Duke Ellington recorded together on the famous album Ella Fitzgerald sings the Duke Ellington songbook in 1957. Billy Strayhorn, the great accomplice of The Duke, composed this standard in the 1930s.

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« Beaucoup de couleurs et une voix enchanteresse qui vous séduira »

Christophe Rodriguez, Le Journal de Montréal

« Her voice is a certified treasure with subtle nuances and mesmerizing charm. We are actually quite stunned at the professionalism here »

« Accrocheuses et envoûtantes, sans jamais céder à la facilité d’une certaine pop racoleuse… »

Stanley Péan, ICI Musique, Radio-Canada

« Le cœur à l’endroit séduit par la qualité des textes et des arrangements musicaux »

Hélène Boucher, NigthLife

« With beautiful texts from the daily life, performed in a very special and unique way. The beautiful voice of Sonia Johnson looks to me as dancers in a ballet. They move smoothly, elegant and confident. It looks like they hardly need any ground. »

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