It’s smart, it’s soulful, it’s jazz. For every style of music that Johanna Sillanpaa explores, there’s a vibrant color in her voice to match. Sillanpaa’s vocals are expertly clear, gently raw, and yet intensely bold. She performs thoughtful jazz you can dig your heels into. She and her ensemble have played everywhere from intimate jazz joints across North America and Europe all the way to performing in front of the 60,000-plus crowds of the Montreal Jazz Festival.
Beyond filling venues in Canada and abroad, Sillanpaa’s previous solo albums have also drawn their fair share of accolades and award nominations. Johanna’s music has garnered 2007 and 2012 nominations for Western Canadian Music Awards as well as Best Female Vocalist and Group/Duo of the Year at the 2010 Canadian Smooth Jazz Awards.
From the Side – Her new recording
There’s no mistaking that this highly acclaimed Swedish-born artist has truly come into her own with her latest solo album ‘From This Side.’ The recording features Canadian JUNO Award-winning jazz bassist George Koller, internationally renowned trumpeter Ingrid Jensen, TD Grand Jazz winning pianist Chris Andrew and three-time WCMA nominated jazz drummer Tyler Hornby. From modern jazz arrangements to catchy originals all in the name of jazz, her latest musical statement is sure to captivate audiences everywhere.
“I’ve always wanted to record an album that audiences can experience live. ‘From This Side’ has a beauty and simplicity to it that is a reflection of what I bring with my group in concert. What you hear is what you’ll get! I am so fortunate to have such a stellar band as well as production team behind me on this one. I couldn’t be more proud of how these songs turned out. Everything on this album just fell into place, the perfect timing both personally and professionally as well as the perfect cast. I am so excited for the upcoming year and bringing this music to audiences across Canada and beyond.” – Johanna