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Les Productions Sonia Johnson, headquartered in Montreal, produced its first CD, Don’t explain in 2005 with the help of a grant from the Fondation du maire de Montréal pour la jeunesse [the Montreal Mayor’s Foundation for Youth]. The artist garnered critical acclaim for her first release.

This first production allowed the jazz vocalist to gain recognition in her artistic field and new collaborations arose, such as her participation in Frédéric Alarie’s project Sous Hôte Tension part of the 2006 edition of the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal. Sharing a common vision of jazz music, Frédéric and Sonia decided to explore composing together, and were then joined by pianist Luc Beaugrand and drummer Camil Belisle. Together they recorded Le Carré de nos amours Sonia’s first all-original, all-jazz and all-French album self-produced in Quebec, launched under the Effendi label in October 2010. This project was rewarded with a 2012 Juno award for Vocal Jazz Album of the Year. Two years later, Johnson initiated the collective Triades —with singers Annie Poulain and Charles Biddle Jr., the resulting recording being nominated for a Juno award, as well as a Félix at ADISQ in 2014. Her most recent solo album Le cœur à l’endroit, TOP 5 albums on CBC ICI Musique 2014, is a vibrant opus of sincerity and harmony for all those who enjoy jazz softly-crooned in French!

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“Sonia Johnson is one of those rarities who doesn’t immediately sound like someone you heard last week. Her compositions also have a chamber-pop delicacy that makes them accessible to just about anyone.” Bernard Perusse - The Gazette

“The beautiful voice of Sonia Johnson looks to me as dancers in a ballet. They move smoothly, elegant and confident. It looks like they hardly need any ground.” Virginia Music - Netherlands

“It doesn’t take more than a couple of songs to realize that Sonia Johnson has all the necessary interpretive tools at her disposal to persuade an audience that “raindrops on roses” is a subject better suited to voice than painting

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Chrysalis

Productions Sonia Johnson
2019

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Le Coeur à l'endroit

Les Productions Sonia Johnson
2014

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Triades

Effendi Records
2012

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Le Carrré de nos...

Productions Sonia Johnson
2010

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