Performance Info

Friday, January 26, 2018 - 6:00pm to 6:40pm
NAMM Marriott Stage

Artist Info

Voice/Guitar/Composer
Steph Johnson
Bass/Manager
Rob Thorsen
Drums
Richard Sellers
Piano
Melonie Grinnell
Trumpet
Curtis Taylor
Genre:
R&B / Soul
Endorsed By:
Heritage Guitars, Taylor guitars
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Steph Johnson Band

Hometown:
San Diego

Steph Johnson is that rare panoramic talent that catches your attention upon the first note. Her voice is soulful and unique, rich with texture as is her songwriting. She has released 4 CDs, her most recent recording “Music is Art” was produced by two time Grammy award winning producer Kamau Kenyatta (Gregory Porter/Best Jazz Vocalist 2014 + 2016). Featuring 10 of her original compositions with 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 

In the summer of 2016,  Steph co-founded “Voices Of Our City”, a choir for people experiencing homelessness in San Diego. As an activist, she found it difficult to bring about change in regards to the city’s inhumane policies towards unsheltered people. The choir provides the voiceless with a voice and showcases the human potential and talent living on the streets. The group has been busy with performances and has been featured multiple times on KPBS, NPR, PBS Newshour, the SD Union Tribune and more. They have also successfully connected 20 people with their own housing or back with families. The story of the choir is also being filmed for an upcoming one hour documentary by noted filmmaker Susan Polis Schutz, set to be released in 2018 on PBS. 

Steph Johnson continues to balance her busy schedule with a focus and clarity on her music, as well as by giving of herself to help those in need. Her warmth and caring spirit, combined with her soulful musical virtuosity, creates a unique and dynamic sound that has proven her to be an incredibly engaging performer and songwriter. For more information on her and her music, please visit stephjohnsonband.com

 

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