How would your best friends describe you?
Calm. Loud. Quiet. Bad at sharing. Always has a full mind. Cooks weird things. Faithful. Likes wine. Writes A LOT. Sarcastic. Easy to share secrets with. Analytical.
( I asked them, this is what they said.)
What does a day in a life look like in your shoes?
Depends on how high the heels are. These days I’ve been spending a lot of time trying to make a perfect sourdough loaf.
If you could envision your life dream, what does that look like for you?
I’d love to be the on-staff singer at the UN.
What message do you want to give others through your music?
I don’t have a particular message I’m trying to get across. Rather, I’d love for people to be consumed with peace and for their spirits to be nourished when they listen to my music.
What are the times you are most inspired, most motivated, most charged up?
Things that charge me up/inspire me: Running! Reading books with words I have to look up! Travelling to cities! Art galleries!
Times I am motivated: After live music shows! Before 10am! After 11pm! (Unless Netflix is on in which case I will immediately fall asleep.)
Where can people connect with you?
Instagram or Facebook is the best bet! (@johannaolsonmusic) For something more direct, send me a message on Facebook. I’d love to hear from you!
How did you find your passion for music?
I grew up in church (my parents are pastors) so I was always around music in that regard, but it never occurred to me to pursue music professionally until my 3rd year of university (or so). At that time, I was pretty set on going into academia. I can’t fully explain how the shift happened, but something in my heart unlocked or awakened – almost overnight – and I realized that music was (is) what was in me to offer the world.
It’s certainly been a process. A few years ago I had some troubles with my voice that made it difficult & painful to sing. In fact, there was a period where I didn’t even have a speaking voice. It was incredibly unsettling (& discouraging) to feel that singing was what I had been created for, but to have it be physically painful to sing – definitely took the joy out of it. Yet, somehow I remained confident that singing was a part of my future in some capacity and I held on to the belief that my creator would not taunt me with dreams that would not come to pass. So I continued to write (slowly – in the little cracks of motivation & inspiration and amidst a lot of sadness and fear). Eventually, my voice began to heal. I have felt such excitement in the last 6 months as I have been reminded of how much I like singing (when it doesn’t hurt!)
How did your full band come together?
The guy who plays guitar, Tshepho Sawdon (T or @TeonGibbs100)… him and I have been playing together for quite a while. We met when he tricked me into recording vocals on an album of his. I thought I was helping out a CATO student with a school project. Him and I have been the basis of the band and for a while we just did acoustic stuff together. He’s been my main writing companion.
The other members have come from people I’ve married, people I’ve met through other friends and people I’ve stolen from the church stage.
Are you BC born and raised?
Yep, conceived too! TMI?
Where do you see yourself musically in the future as far as style goes; is there an evolution or are you content for the foreseeable future with your sound and message?
I love soul & rnb – those velvety voices with the sexy grooves. I’d love to incorporate more sexiness like that.
Exciting News ….
If you live in the Kelowna area, Johanna is having her Launch party on April 8th for her new Ep which is called, “Come Back Next Year”. Visit www.comebacknextyear.com for ticket information. Also check out the video below hear Johanna chat about about each song on her new EP and the purpose behind it.
Photos Contributed by Michael Vlasaty: http://michaelvlasaty.com