STEPHANIE ANNE JOHNSON
“Every note, strum, word, groove – everything drips authenticity.” –Phantom Power Music
A singer’s talent is complete when they can bring a crowded dive bar to a collective hush and also get one of the biggest audiences on the planet to a collective standing ovation. Stephanie Anne Johnson is that special singer who can don a cowboy hat and sing over a slide as old-timers weep. And they have wowed judges on the immensely popular NBC TV series, The Voice, showcasing their gifts. Since then Stephanie Anne Johnson has opened for acts that include political figure Bernie Sanders and artists such as Mavis Staples, Chaka Khan, Ani DiFranco, Cedric Burnside, and Black Joe Lewis.
The 2019 album Take This Love introduced many new listeners to a sound that could be described as a blend of Loretta Lynn and Valerie June, a stunning catalogue of surprise and satisfaction. Now Johnson is celebrating the release of “Jewels,” a new album featuring “Can’t Go Home,” the heart-wrenching true-life story of their family’s loss of their ancestral home to gentrification.
Perhaps it’s no surprise that Johnson is so affecting. Their mantra, after all, is “Find your joy and go there.” Their prowess exudes whether they are singing the Black national anthem “Lift Every Voice and Sing” to a packed auditorium or whether they’re cooing acoustic lullabies to Saturday night tavern regulars. Their music, which is rooted in all that’s American, expresses the pain of the past, the roots of the down home and the hope that hard work will lead to proper reward.