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Chrysalis

New release – November 15, 2019
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After carrying out a multiyear pilgrimage of experimentation in jazz and pop music, Montreal singer-songwriter Sonia Johnson has emerged from out of the shadows and into the light with Chrysalis, her first English language album. On this new recording, Johnson is accompanied by a fabulous ensemble of 11 musicians and vocalists – featuring singer Elie Haroun – and is supported by an incredible cast of collaborators including Stanley Péan, Stephen Johnston, Mark Alan Haynes, Alex Lefaivre, and Normand Deveault. Chrysalis is an audacious musical flight – poetic, soulful, and delicately woven with silken sounds.

Sonia Johnson: voix, composition
Stephen Johnston: guitares, composition
David Ryshpan: piano – claviers
Mark Alan Haynes: basse électrique, composition
Max Sansalone: batterie et percussions
Jean-Pierre Zanella: flute
Samuel Blais: saxophone alto – clarinette
Frank Lozano: saxophone ténor – clarinette basse
Jean-Nicolas Trottier: trombone
Rémi Cormier: trompette
Judith Little-Daudelin: voix
Elie Haroun: voix et soliste sur Changing my Ways
Réalisation: Sonia Johnson &  Padraig Buttner-Schnirer
Arrangements: Sonia Johnson
Arrangements additionnels: Mark Alan Haynes (1-4-6-7-9-11), Stephen Johnston (7)
Enregistrement: Planet Studio, Montreal – Avril-Mai 2019
Ingénieur son et mixage: Padraig Buttner-Schnirer
Assistants: Jacob Lacroix-Cardinal, Jordan Barillaro
Mastering: Guy Hébert, Studio Karisma

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Le cœur à l’endroit

ICI Musique Top 5 – Best jazz albums of 2014
CD of the year 2014 – www.sortiesjazznights.com

Le Coeur à l’endroit mixes the spontaneity of jazz sung in the French language with compositions that favor the use of specific colors, refined arrangements and a heartfelt and touching interpretation. Sonia Johnson, a prolific lyricist, has written the music and texts of nine of the thirteen compositions of this project. She is surrounded by a plethora of writers and composers, such as Marianne Trudel, Stanley Péan, Anthony Rozankovic, Charly Bouchara, Claude André, Mario Peluso, Nathalie Baroud, Véronique Bellemare Brière, Amandine Paccioni, Luc Beaugrand and Frédéric Alarie. The result is a necklace of luminous pearls carrying humanist themes such as unity, love, beauty, memory, maternity and self – discovery. The singer also surrounded herself with a new trio; Marianne Trudel (pianist), Rémi – Jean Leblanc(bassist), Jim Doxas(drummer), renowned soloists André Leroux, Pierre Côté, Jonathan Stewart including the vocal quartet les Gourmandes, featuring Judith Little Daudelin, Geneviève Racette, Chloé McNeil, Gabrielle Harnois-Blouin.

Design : https://vimeo.com/oraziofantini

Photos : http://pascaletherien.com/

Production : Les Productions Sonia Johnson

Sonia Johnson - Le coeur à l'endroit
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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

Triades

Nomination JUNO 2014 – Vocal Jazz album of the year
Nomination ADISQ 2013 – Jazz Creation

Triades, is a creative project conceived by Sonia Johnson, produced and directed by Alain Bédard of Effendi Records. This unusual album puts forward three artists, passionate about jazz and whose reputation precedes them, Sonia Johnson, Annie Poulain and Charles Biddle Jr. These three singers and authors, as well as their collaborators Claude André and Stanley Péan, have united to perform twelve instrumental pieces from the following Canadian jazz composers: Jean-Pierre Zanella, Joel Miller, John Roney, Alexandre Côté, Rémi Bolduc, Yves Léveillé, Steve Amirault, Dave Watts, Sylvain Provost, Norman Lachapelle.
Some of the composers selected for this project inspired the lyricists by sharing their original inspiration or with keywords and reading suggestions. For other pieces, the idea for the story stems from the original title, the personality of the composer or the performer of the new song created. Sometimes sung solo, duo or trio, these singular pieces evoke journeys, friendship, seduction, temptations, wisdom and hope. Pianist Marianne Trudel composed an original piece for the occasion and created sublime arrangements highlighting the singer’s voices. Sonia’s trio is complemented by the superb Morgan Moore on bass and Jim Doxas on drums.

Design : Pascal Milette
Photos : Alexandre Deslauriers
Production: Effendi Records –2012

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«… à  s’y méprendre comme les grands standards, distillant tantôt une douceur vaporeuse, tantôt une énergie toute primesautière qui rappelle Manhattan Transfer. Johnson et Poulain excellent, mais on découvre avec plaisir le talent de crooner de Charles Biddle Jr.»

Sylvain-Claude Fillion, AcceseXtra

«Pourquoi Triades? D’abord parce que le support instrumental est assuré par un trio de rêve au sein duquel brille une Marianne Trudel exquise, et parce que le tout est chanté par trois voix bien du Québec. Sonia Johnson (l’initiatrice de ce beau projet) et Annie Poulain (une autre guerrière qui milite pour le jazz en français) encadrent ici Charles Biddle Jr., qui crée la surprise avec une voix souple teintée de soul dans un rôle de crooner timide.»

Ralph Boncy, Voir

Le Carré de nos amours

Winner JUNO 2012 – Vocal Jazz album of the year
Nomination ADISQ 2011 – Jazz Creation

In the great city, a middle-aged woman walks between the very gentle echo of childhood and the terrible noise of the present. She sleeps, dies, struggles, fragile. Tossed between the truths of love and her tricks, she often experiences the feeling of being alien to life. Words do not come across the threshold of her lips. She walks in search of some certainty. Her gaze sometimes tries to escape to heaven, scrutinizing the horizon, begs him. But far less than the stratosphere, she finds refuge a few steps from her home, at Carré Saint-Louis, where the souls of the poets unite the lonely hearts. She recognizes her dreamy nature, her heart as a rebel, a she-wolf. The woman walks more than ever, with the safety of knowing who she is. She will not hesitate to bare her soul. What she feels, is her profound femininity.
In the big city, a woman advances, fragile and strong at the same time. At the heart of the voice, the contradictions are resolved. The voice releases its anger, rage and the cry of love. The voice gives meaning to the meaning of the word lost. Under the pulse of the musicians from yesterday and today, the voice of this woman now follows the jazz phrasing, making fun of the arpeggios and never falling for the musical traps, light, aerial. This area of freedom where everything is possible has led to the birth of a female – musician. ~Denys Lelièvre
Composers and Collaborators: Luc Beaugrand, Frédéric Alarie, Christian Mistral, Yves Lanthier, Anthony Rozankovic, Charly Bouchara, Claude André, André McNicoll, Marc Chabot, Marie-Chantale Gariépy et Stanley Péan
Musiciens : Luc Beaugrand, Frédéric Alarie, Camil Bélisle, Pierre Côté, André Leroux,
Ron DiLauro, Muhammad Abdul Al-Khabyyr, Mélanie Guay, Stéphanie Boulay, Vincent Potel et James Johnston.
Design: Pascal Milette
Photos: Mathieu Rivard
Production : Les Productions Sonia Johnson 2010

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« Une cuvée princière sertie de diamant qui évoque à petites touches Chambre avec vue du regretté Henri Salvador. Quand le sentiment amoureux s’unit au jazz, le bonheur du mélomane est multiplié par cent »
Christophe Rodriguez , Journal de Montréal

“…une dose d’audace, des textes en français et une palette de musiciens hors-pairs – très rafraîchissant”

Michel Allaire , Sors-tu.ca
« Sonia Johnson a un sens mélodique qui fait penser à celui de Sylvain Lelièvre et a, comme ce dernier, un talent marqué pour la prosodie. »

« Johnson a un timbre de voix très agréable à écouter, souple et sombre, et qu’elle ne force jamais. »

Réjean Beaucage , Voir
« Du vrai jazz… elle est musicienne, sa voix est son instrument et les mélodies suivent parfois des contours imprévisibles, c’est ce qui fait la beauté d’un disque comme ça… c’est brillant ! »
Dominique Denis , Émission Relief TFO

« Sonia Johnson is one of those rarities who doesn’t immediately sound like someone you heard last week. Her compositions also have a chamber-pop delicacy that makes them accessible to just about anyone »

Bernard Perusse , The Gazette
ALBUMS
COLLABORATIONS & PROJECTS

COLLABORATIONS & SPECIAL PROJECTS

Rodrigo Simoes – Jazz Brésilien

Guest soloist and lyricist for the songs, Nouvelle Samba, Friend’s Ship and I Remember.

“And then there is, in my opinion, the best decision of Simoes’ within the Montreal crew that created his Jazz Brésilien album, is the generous presence of Juno award-winning vocalist Sonia Johnson, definitely one of the most accomplished voices in the Canadian jazz scene. She is also a collaborator in several of Simoes’ compositions as a lyricist, demonstrating the extent of her versatility and talent.
Johnson’s magnificently enriched soprano with a velvety roundness to her voice allows her to use her technical prowess and her improvisational musical instincts with infallible tonal insurance. She can flawlessly sing Monk, Miles, UZEB, Jobim, or Moreira. I would have chosen no one else to understand the discourse of Simoes, located at the crossroads of all that and much more.”
Frédéric Cardin, ICI Musique
(Article)

« Rodrigo Simões évoque également la mémoire de l’immense harmoniciste Toots Thielemans avec Bluesette. Sur un rythme de samba, le souriant Belge est parmi nous et je suis certain qu’il aurait embrassé sur les deux joues Sonia Johnson. Limpide et lumineuse elle fait de Bluesette un bijou d’orfèvrerie comme le maitre à penser de cette nouveauté. »

Christophe Rodriguez, sortiesjazznights.com

Steven Taetz – Drink You In

Soliste invitée et collaboration à l’écriture de la chanson Meet in Montréal

“With a voice as smooth as Michael Bublé, Steven Taetz mines the ghosts of the swing era on his album ‘Drink You In’. “Meet in Montreal” adds a franco flavour to the lounge mix, as Sonia Johnson joins him in a delightful duet.”
– Mark Anthony Brennan (Ride the Tempo)

https://www.steventaetz.com/

Vincent Rehel – Le Capitaine Ivre – 2018

Soloist and vocalist for the experimental project of composer Vincent Rehel.
with Vincent Rehel, Jean-Francois Lemieux et Max Sansalone.

« I do not know how many knots per hour we are going, but certainly, The Vincent Rehel Trio splits the waves. Sonia Johnson joins the trio for Brouillard sur la mer adding something mysterious and beautiful to the ship’s crew. I like my prog-jazz to be melodious, haunting and amazing, and that’s what we get. A real bath.
Article de Sylvain Cormier – Le Devoir

https://vincentrehel.bandcamp.com/

Les Malcommodes invitent… 

Guest soloist and lyricist.
With Félix Stüssi, Ray Anderson, Pierre Tanguay, Daniel Lessard, Jacques Kuba Séguin, André Leroux and Jean Derome.
« At the heart of this gentlemen’s crew, the singer Sonia Johnson is rivoting (Bley on!), makes use French jazz that stands out (Debout au bout du Bout-du-Banc), or is definitely bop swing (Don’t You Ever Give Up Playing Be-Bop!) »

Christophe Rodriguez – Sortiesjazznights.com

Production : Effendi Records –2017

Dialogues Ella & Joe (Projet hommage à Ella Fitzgerald)

To commemorate the centenary of the formidable Ella Fitzgerald, Sonia Johnson and her accomplice Stephen Johnston pay tribute by drawing on the repertoire of the duo’s mythic albums with guitarist Joe Pass between 1973 and 1986. Through this concert, rediscover the essential melodies, themes of great musicals and charming Brazilian songs that carry the candor and sensitivity of these talented performers.

Les 100 ans d’Ella sur ICI Musique.