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Short Bio

The international award winning jazz singer Kelley Johnson has headlined in NYC at Birdland, Jazz Standard, Tanglewood and Dizzy's Coca-Cola. With warm and intimate phrasing, she draws from The Great American Songbook and rivets your attention to the lyric with storytelling, subtlety, soulfulness and swing.

Press Quotes

Performing
"Johnson has an uplifting brightness in her vocal delivery...Her lovely voice stands out for it's emphatic clarity and for it's direct approach. Johnson is a true communicator."
    — Jim Santella, All About Jazz.com


"Always technically accomplished, with a songbird's lightness to her voice, Johnson took a big chance on her last release, Music is the Magic, improvising freely with both words and music. A singer of new spiritual depth emerged, adding Abbey Lincoln-like soul to her Ella Fitzgerald clarity."
    — Paul de Barros, Seattle Times


"Kelley Johnson features her own arrangements for the most part. She's able to project smooth to robust tones from her deceptively petite frame. ...her enunciation is flawless at warp speed."
    — Harvey Siders, JazzTimes

"...a singer who can improve on the melody while communicating the emotion of a lyric. When Kelley heads off for some unexplored territory, she never fails to take her audience along for the ride. She packs a lot for the journey; sure pitch, energetic time, great ears and a wide dynamic range."
    — Nina Harlan, Earshot Jazz

Her voice has warmth and a very attractive underlying sexiness. She is right on each note and phrases with a graceful swing, making it sound all too easy...a sweet and winning debut..."
    — Alan Bargebuhr, Cadence Magazine

"Kelley Johnson warmed the room with her comfy low tones and emotional highs. She traverses her range effortlessly, and all of her delicious ornamentation makes sense.
    — Sandy Bradley, The Seattle Press

"...crisp, clearly executed, relaxed jazz vocals, ...Johnson has the control and sardonic elan of Carmen McCrae..."
    — Paul de Barros, The Seattle Times




I Love Being Here With You (sound clip)
When Springtime Turns to Fall (sound clip)
So Many Stars (sound clip)
Stompin' At The Savoy (sound clip)
Moon River (sound clip)
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