Aubrey Johnson is a New York-based vocalist, composer, and educator who specializes in jazz, Brazilian, and creative contemporary music with and without words. She holds a Master of Music degree in jazz performance from the New England Conservatory and is set to release her debut album under saxophonist Greg Osby’s new record label Inner Circle Music within the next year. In 2011 she joined the voice department at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, becoming their youngest current voice teacher. In 2012, she joined the faculty of the New England Conservatory as the director of the school’s vocal jazz ensemble. In demand as both a side-person and a leader, Aubrey has performed and/or recorded with jazz greats Bobby McFerrin, Lyle Mays, Steve Rodby, Mark Walker, Paul McCandless, Fred Hersch, and Jimmy Cobb.
Born to a musical family in Green Bay, Wisconsin, Aubrey fell in love with music at a very young age and soon after began singing in church and taking classical piano lessons. In middle school, Aubrey began studying jazz piano and voice with Lawrence University professor, Christine Salerno. These lessons, and a newfound love for improvised music, led her to pursue a degree in Vocal Jazz Performance at Western Michigan University. Her studies with Salerno also piqued her initial interest in Brazilian music, a style that has become a major influence on her work.
At WMU, Aubrey was a member of Gold Company, the university’s world-renowned vocal jazz ensemble, and studied classical and jazz voice with Dr. Monica Griffin Hunter and Diana Spradling, respectively. With Gold Company, directed by Dr. Steve Zegree, she performed at Carnegie Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Alice Tully Hall, Miller Auditorium, the 2006 IAJE conference in New York, and with Bobby McFerrin, Janis Siegel, Darmon Meader, Roger Treece, and Fred Hersch.