From Rolling Stone (France), to the Olympia in Paris, to the popular New Morning Show; the people of France have embraced Molly Johnson with growing affection since she released her latest disc Another Day to European markets there last year. The single 'Melody', with its charmingly animated video, is climbing the jazz and pop charts, securing a whole new audience for this celebrated Canadian songstress, as well as creating a demand for her to re-release her self titled debut. With plans to return and tour Europe in 2006, Molly will bring her sultry combination of jazz and soulful pop to an ever growing and appreciative following.
Another Day is Molly's second solo album and it exceeds the high standards set by her self-titled debut released in 2000. This time the album shimmers with the spontaneous energy of a live performance - a goal achieved through the use of the exceptional musicians Molly has recruited as her touring quartet (multi-instrumentalist and background vocals Colleen Allen; Andrew Craig, piano and vocals; Mike Downes, bass; Mark McLean, drums) and the speed in which it was recorded. Another Day came to life in just 8 short days at Reaction Studios in Toronto, helmed by veterans Craig Street (producer; Cassandra Wilson, Norah Jones) and Kevin Killen (engineer; U2, Elvis Costello). The first single is the album's title track - a tart, tongue-in-cheek meditation on "a day in my life" - with a video directed by LA-based director Margaret Malandruccolo.
Molly Johnson has earned her reputation as one of Canada's greatest voices. Her accomplishments in blues, jazz and rock have moved audiences across the country. Her talents have led to collaborations, as both singer and songwriter, with internationally acclaimed artists such as k.d lang, Stephane Grappelli, Rush's Alex Lifeson, Blue Rodeo, Tom Cochrane and guitarist Craig Ross (Lenny Kravitz). From 1996-2000 (despite the fact she had not released new material) Johnson was selected Best Vocalist in the NOW Magazine (Toronto's Village Voice/LA Weekly) annual Reader's Poll.
Molly has rocked standing-room only audiences in nightclubs and bars from coast-to-coast as a pop artist, seduced the patrons of salons and lounges with her luscious interpretations of jazz and blues standards and even regaled royalty during a private command performance aboard the Royal Yacht Britannia before the Prince and late Princess of Wales. She has been the subject of numerous feature stories in various media, such as Adrienne Clarkson Presents, Toronto Life, Chatelaine, Flare, June Callwood's National Treasures, CBC's Opening Night and Bravo's Live At The Rehearsal Hall and, at one time or another (for her charitable work if not her music), in virtually every daily and weekly newspaper in the country.
Molly Johnson, the debut album, showcases Molly's treasured talent and incorporates all the musical styles that the singer has mastered over her storied career. It was co-written with Juno-winning producer/arranger Steven MacKinnon (Natalie Cole, Marc Jordan) and recorded almost entirely in his home studio. Two exceptions were a memorable session with the legendary jazz violinist Stephane Grapelli and another that required more room than his home could offer - 25 string musicians were required to embellish the lush, romantic ballad, "It's Only Love (And I Believed You)." The album featured the hit single and video "Diamond In My Hand."
Molly's career began as a child performer. She received formal training at the National Ballet School of Canada and the Banff School of Fine Arts. Her informal training has continued by way of performances in numerous saloons, concert halls and recording studios across North America. The youngest member of the talented Johnson family, she shares her creative genes with her brother, actor/director Clark (S.W.A.T., NBC's Homicide: Life On The Streets, The Shield), and her sister Taborah, who also sings, theaches and appears regularly on Television and her own Radio show.
Molly formed the art/rock band Alta Moda in the 80's, eventually releasing an album on Sony Records. In the early 90's she was lead singer for the Juno Award-winning band Infidels and signed an international deal with IRS Records. The self-titled album was released to glowing acclaim, and will be re-issued by EMI early in 2003.
Throughout her rock career, Johnson had always found the occasional escape into jazz and blues both rewarding and creatively rejuvenating. Over the years she developed into one of the country's finest jazz vocalists, starting in the tiny backroom of the bohemian Cameron Public House in downtown Toronto and ultimately appearing in the city's premier venues, including the Royal York Hotel's Imperial Room and both Massey and Roy Thompson Halls. With a repertoire that embraced Duke Ellington, George Gershwin, Billie Holiday as well as original material, Johnson has delighted audiences opening for greats such as Ray Charles, B.B. King and legendary Canadian jazz great Oscar Peterson.
In addition to her accomplishments as both singer and songwriter, Molly is well known for her commitment to numerous charitable causes. Most specifically she is the founder and driving force behind the Kumbaya Foundation. The Kumbaya Foundation was established in 1992 and, since then, has raised close to one million dollars for the care of people living with AIDS and HIV. What began as a gathering of Molly's friends from the Canadian music business grew into an annual festival of music, art, education and compassion. The Kumbaya Festival is broadcast live across the country by MuchMusic and features some of Canada's best musical talent.
Molly Johnson lives in an extremely clean home in the Annex neighbourhood of Toronto, with her sons, her husband, and their dog.