May I introduce to you a new client on the JohTheMa PROMOTIONS roster? Josephine Johnson knocked on my door in early fall 2020 to make a PR plan for the release of her new EP “Double High Five” which will be released in Europe on September 10th, 2021. A few video conferences later, I can tell you that I may help Josephine gain a musical foothold on European soil.
Josephine Johnson was born in rural Greentown, Indiana, and was raised singing in church and school musicals. The first of her entire family to go to college, she studied film at the prestigious Savannah College of Art and Design for her bachelor’s, then went on to earn a master’s degree in English on a scholarship from Humboldt State University in Northern California. Josephine is an artist unafraid to live out her dreams. Her brand of soulful, earthy, and transcendent folk feels tender, hitting close-to-the-skin, while at the same time dredged from somewhere very deep. Her voice is both vulnerable and powerful, reminiscent of the gritty sincerity of Karen Dalton and the loose, all-in heart of Janis Joplin. So far Josephine has made two albums, Let It All Out (2014) and The Spark from 2018. Johnson plays ukulele and guitar and writes her music by herself. She draws her musically from genres such as soul, country, folk, and rock. Josephine Johnson is planning a tour in early spring 2022. We are already open to proposals and booking requests.
Last week Americana Highways did premiere Josephine Johnson’s first single “Feather Song” on their website. The song is coming from her forthcoming “Double High Five” which has a US release in April 2021. Check her new video single “Feather Song”.
“I wrote “Feather Song” a couple of years back working on a farm in Humboldt County in Northern California. There were only three of us on the mountain, and it was my turn to stay while the others went into town for a day off. The property was bound in part by cliffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean. That evening I went to the edge to watch the sunset. It was glorious, to this day one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever experienced, the sun sliding into the waves some 1500 feet below and lighting up low-slung clouds in purple, pinks, and oranges. Beside me strategically tucked in the bark of the Doug Fir was a pattern of Steller’s jay feathers in the shape of a heart. Feathers, setting sun, ocean, all I could think was how I was the only one to see this incredible beauty. I wanted to share it! And so, I wrote “Feather Song” so others could enjoy it with me.” Yep I know Josephine is a woman unafraid to live out her dreams. Walking unused musical paths is more the exception than the rule these days.