"Music is Art" is a collaboration with Grammy Award Winning producer, Kamau Kenyatta and features nine soulful, accessible and evocative original compositions by Steph Johnson, plus "Human Race," a unique take on Wayne Shorter's classic "Night Dreamer."
This album features stellar musical support from trumpeter Curtis Taylor (James Carter, Billy Childs), guitarist Gregory “Gmo” Moore (Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, Earth Wind and Fire), Kamau Kenyatta (Hubert Laws, Donald Byrd), bassist Rob Thorsen, Drummer Fernando Gomez and organist Andrej Pivec. The CD has propelled her career to new heights and combines her jazz prowess with her soulful R&B roots. “…her core strength is as a communicator with rhythmic depth and smoky, pliant power…Johnson’s sweet yearning vocal really soars on Music is Art…Highly recommended.” Robert Bush/NBC
Nominated for Best Jazz Album at the 2013 San Diego Music Awards, Nature Girl
features 11 songs by the NEW Steph Johnson Trio. With Johnson on vocals and
guitar, accomplished Rob Thorsen on upright bass and young drum virtuoso,
Fernando Gomez. These six originals and five standards were recorded live in
studio over two days, making this the most organic and "in the moment" recordings
by Steph Johnson to date. From the opening strains of "Chocolate," where
Johnson's big, soulful voice activates crisp brushwork and muscular, James
Jamerson lines - it's all here.
Winner of Best Jazz Album at the 2010 San Diego Music Awards! These eleven
songs transcend genres and represent Steph's unique blend of Jazz, Soul, Funk
and R&B. Listen to the soul-inspired "Perfect Woman," and groove to the funk feel
in "Thank You" and "Artist Supreme," a joyful celebration of the greats - Coltrane,
Holiday, Hendrix and more. "Johnson's soulful delivery, jazz-infused technique,
soaring range and utter feel for finding the groove laid down by her stellar backing
band can't really be compared to anyone outside Chaka Khan's groundbreaking
work with Rufus in the 1970s." North County Times
Steph's debut release, nominated for best local recording at the 2006 San Diego
Music Awards! This 8-song release, recorded on tape with a full band, has an
organic, laid-back feel. Collaborations with local favorites Sean Rose and Robin
Henkel. Featured on NPR, KSDS Jazz88 FM and KPRI FM. Guest performers include
Gilbert Castellanos, Lisa Sanders & Leonard Patton. Album cover shot by
legendary rock photographer Henry Diltz.