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Johanna Beekman


Country of origin:

U.S.

Type of music generally:

Mainstream pop

Status:

Most recent release, Heart Beats One (as Johanna, 2015)

See also:

Johanna Beekman's site

Johanna Beekman's MySpace page

Johanna Beekman's CDBaby artist page

Comparisons:

She tries out every pop style all the way from Sarah McLachlan to Sheryl Crow to R&B and reggae

Covers/own material:

Own, occasional covers

General comments:

Johanna Beekman uses her rich voice to sing the full range of pop flavours. Her first two recordings were under her first name; she now sings under her full name. (sophiagurley@hotmail.com)

Recommended first album:

if i could fly is the only one we've heard

Recordings:

  • Stolen Grace (as Johanna, 2002)
  • if i could fly (as Johanna, 2007)
  • The Edge of Divine (2013)
  • Heart Beats One (as Johanna, 2015)

if i could fly

Release info:

2007—Iconfluence—701

Availability:

See Johanna's site

Ecto priority:

Recommended for pop fans

Group members:

Johanna Beekman—vocals, guitar, claps

Guest artists:

Brendan DeCoster—lead guitar, rhythm guitar, bass (1, 10)
Dave Trenkel—electric piano (1); bass (2, 7); synthesizer (2); clavinet (6, 7), piano, organ, bass (6); Minimoog, loops (7)
J.D. Monroe—drums (1, 2, 3, 6, 7, 10, 11)
Halie Loren—piano (2, 4); vocals (4 14)
Luke Thomas—guitar (2, 7. 11)
Audrey Perkins—vocals (3, 14); claps (3)
Barbara Gladstone—vocals, claps (3)
Neal Gladstone—piano (3)
Peter Argyres—baritone, tenor, and alto saxophone (4)
George Beekman—claps (3, 7)
Ann Grabe—cello (4, 8, 9)
Absolute (Micki Reaman, Julie Williams, Shelley Willis, Elizabeth Wyatt—vocals (5, 14)
Betty Busch—body percussion (5) John Shipe—guitar (6); vocals (14)
Laura Brophy—violin (8, 9)
Audrey Perkins—vocals (9)
Suzanna Dole—piano (9)
Paul Regan—bass (11)
DJ Beeker—electronics (12)
Alan Studley—vocals (14)

Produced by:

George Beekman

Comments:

This album has a range of familiar styles, from ballads to lively pop to gospel-based, and reggae-based songs, and Johanna does a good job of bringing them all to life. She has a lovely, rich voice which she knows how to use effectively throughout. My only criticism is that every song was a little too familiar, from the musical variations to the lyrics, starting from the first lines rhyming "kiss" with "abyss". That said, musically this will be just the thing for many Ectophiles—Johanna's many styles may all be familiar but she works these veins well, especially with her evocative, emotional vocals. Recommended for any pop fan. (sophiagurley@hotmail.com)


Thanks to Sophia Gurley for work on this entry.

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