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!