Angela Johnson

Angela Johnson

 Newark, New Jersey, USA
BandR&BJazz

Angela Johnson is considered a definitive voice of contemporary soul by audiences everywhere from Atlanta to Australia. Angela represents the strength of a modern woman. She's an accomplished producer, singer, songwriter & multi instrumentalist. While she maintains a normal life as a wife & mother.

Biography

Angela Johnson

Reared on Motown backbeats, 70s groove bands, and gospel wails, multi-talented artist Angela Johnson has a knack for creating songs that infuse the classic elements of music's yesteryear into a dynamic and contemporary brew distinctly her own. Her critically-acclaimed solo albums They Don't Know (2002 Purpose) and Got To Let It Go (2005 Purpose) introduced Angela as a soothing soul singer with a stealth, gut-punching alto and a sensitive songwriter of deceptively simple melodies that moved listeners from romantic sways to back-burning sweats. Her most recent offering, A Woman's Touch (2008 Purpose) is a single-producer project that furthers Angela's evolution as an erudite production talent and continues a legacy of female musician/producers not seen since the pioneering days of Patrice Rushen and Angela Winbush. Boasting the creme de la creme of soul and R&B, from Rahsaan Patterson and Eric Roberson to Maysa and Julie Dexter, A Woman's Touch is more than an indie soul project, it is an industry event unseen since the timeless producer albums of Quincy Jones and Norman Conners. When considered alongside a body of work that includes two solo masterpieces and two highly-hailed group projects as the lead singer of the soul-funk band, Cooly's Hot Box, Angela's fifth studio release is a revealing testament to the time and commitment Angela has spent honing her multi-faceted skills to a spit-shined perfection.

To thrive for over 15 years in this bare-knuckle business of music requires talent, beauty, a strong constitution, and steely determination-qualities Angela has possessed since day one. Her enduring career isn't surprising to those in the know; Angela's talents and tenacity have made it seem destined. As a musical child prodigy who played piano by age 4 and violin by age 9, it appears Angela Johnson was born for music. She certainly was prepped for this glorious-and occasionally brutal ride-by her upstate New York rearing in the tough industrial town of Utica, NY. There, as a teenage choir director and church organist in her Baptist church, Angela received her first critical training on how to rouse a crowd through the power of song. Refinement as a musician and performer came through a fated stint at State University of New York (SUNY) in Purchase. At SUNY, Angela studied as a violin major and met her fellow students and future Cooly's Hot Box bandmates, including close collaborator Christian Urich of the cult favorite, Tortured Soul. Several years of singing lead and writing for Cooly's Hot Box produced three dance hits ("What A Surprise," "Make Me Happy," and "We Don't Have To Be Alone"), a doomed label deal with Virgin Records that still produced Cooly's commendable debut Take It, and a much celebrated sophomore project (Don't Be Afraid, Get On) under Angela's current label home, Purpose Records, signaled the end of the Cooly's era. After departing Cooly's in 2004, Angela met the industry as a grown woman of esteemed talents with an experience earned doctorate in music business chicanery. The year also found a newly motivated Angela Johnson determined to show the world what she could do as an artist, alone.

Since her 2002 solo debut, They Don't Know, and its auspicious follow-up, Got To Let Go, Angela Johnson has been making the kind of honest soul music that has inspired promoters, music lovers and industry insiders everywhere to make sure that everyone knows exactly who she is. With the 2008 release of A Woman's Touch, interest in Angela's music has exploded throughout the music scene, from radio to industry bloggers the word is out. Even before A Woman's Touch, Angela's talents as a singer, songwriter and producer have been in high demand. With songs featured on HBO's The Wire, UPN's Kevin Hill, FX's The Shield, and WB's Roswell, and a 2005 national TV advertising campaign with Cooly's Hot Box for SBCglobal.net (AT&T/Cingular) already under her belt, soon everyone will be whistling an Angela tune.

Madison Avenue aren't the only ones taking notice of Angela's talents. Artists like Conya Doss ("Emotions"), Seek ("Journey Into Day"), Laurnea ("No Shame"), and Reel People ("Can't Stop") have all sought out Angela Johnson's unique sound to grace their projects. More than an artist's musician, Angela's a proven hit producer and songwriter with a 2001 top ten, gold selling hit, "Angel," for Japanese R&B superstar, Double. It's because of Angela's track record for helping talented artists' deliver some of their most memorable work that A Woman's Touch track listing reads like the who's who of contemporary soul.

On her latest project Angela expertly guides Grammy award-winning artists like Gordon Chambers ("Get Away") and Claude McKnight of Take 6 ("Here I Stand") through unexpected, tropical soundscapes, revealing different sides of these familiar talents. As the writer, producer and arranger of every track of A Woman's Touch, Angela repeatedly illuminates recognizable artist

Lyrics

I'll Always

Written By: Angela Johnson

Please don't call me on the phone anymore I'm tryin' to tell you that your kisses won't be needed no more
Don't know how else to break this to you I finally got my man, back in my arms again, but…

I'll always love you
You gave me just what I needed, but my heart just wasn't in it, you know that
I'll always love you, but not in the same way that you feel No, I can't go on pretending this is real

Please don't tell me I'm making a big mistake, (no don't tell me)
Never wanted to hurt you but I honestly thought it was too late, for me and him
All the time I stared into your eyes, thoughts of him were wandering through my mind
But understand that…

Don't know how else to break this to you I finally got my man, back in my arms again, but…

I'll always love you
You gave me just what I needed, but my heart just wasn't in it, you know that
I'll always love you, but not in the same way that you feel
No, I can't go on pretending this is real

On My Way

Written By: Angela Johnson

I don't know where you've been last night , or what you've been doin'
I can't spend the whole rest of my life, sittin' around wonderin'
Don't know whether to give it a fight, what'cha doin' to me just isn't right
It's the way you've been treatin' me lately, oh it just makes me wanna say goodbye
You know I…

Just can't stop lovin' you, but what'cha do to me, boy
You're just so cruel
Don't know whether if you care I'd left today
Sould I stick around just to hear you say
That you still love me, give me a reason to stay
Or I'll be on my way

Goin' crazy can't take much more, I'm over the limit
Gettin' ready to walk out that door, yes I could feel it
No, I won't fake it, I don't wanna lose
The love you shared with me when it was true
It's the way you've been treatin' me lately
Oh, it's gonna make me lose my mind
Oh, you know that I…

Do me right, love me good, treat me the way you know you should
Don't wanna give it all to someone else, I'd rather be here just by myself

Anything

Written By: Angela Johnson

Something's wrong, I can see it in your eyes, something's goin' on
And you're not telling me, and it's hurting you,
What are you going through, what is it all about
'Cause you know very well if something's wrong I'd tell
Remember when you came to me in my time of need you said to me

Anything I will do, I'll make it right for you
No matter how big or small, I'll fight your battle too
It could be anything, just ask and I'll be there
Don't worry how I'd feel tell me when and where

Don't feel bad, you know you can depend on me
Every time you call my name
I'll come running in a hurry, Baby you don't have to worry
Anything, I'll do anything, to take away the pain
Don't tell me it's your pride, push all of that aside
Remember when I needed you, now I wanna do the same for you

Nothing you could say that will turn me away from you
But how am I supposed to know, if you don't share with me
Why don't you believe, I'm in your corner
I'll do anything for you

All I Need

Written By: Angela Johnson

Baby, I like the way you talk to me
Boy, it feels good to me
Anything you say could make or break my day
And it's scaring me, but it feels good to me
I wanna know how do you make feel this way
I can't believe you gotten through to me
But it's alright with me
Hey baby, I got news for you, I'm falling in love with you
You got me thinkin' that

You're all I need, to make me feel alright
I need, to keep me warm at night
I need, give me lovin' night and day
I need, in your own special way
You're all I need, you're all I need
I need, you make me so happy
I need, I feel so complete, you are…

Honey, I like the way you stimulate my mind
Boy it feels good to me
To have someone like you, who do the things you do
You always keep me satisfied, and it feels good to me
I wanna know how do you make me feel this way
I can't believe you gotten through to me
But it's alright with me, it's alright…

Let's Get Together

Written By: Angela Johnson

You've been down with me from the start
There's a place in my heart for you babe
You stayed around when things got rough
You showed me enough how much you care
I don't have other friends like you
Who would do the things you do to make me smile
Why do we keep hiding how we feel
Let's make this thing for real, it's worth the while
'Cause I don't wanna be . . .

I don't wanna be just friends, we can be lovers
Maybe we can make this last, make it last forever
I don't wanna be just friends, we can be lovers
You and I were meant to be, let's get together

Others have come 'n' gone in our lives
Some passed through twice but were still here
Been searchin' for the perfect one
But there have been none that compares my dear
We've known each other better than most
Over time we’ve grown so close
Let's take the chance to see how it feels
Don't make this complicated
So long I have waited, to share with you
All of my lovin' . . .

(Don't be afraid . . .)
We can't waste another day
Let’s get this started right away
Take the chance with me you’ll see
Two friends can fall in love and be happy, happy
I believe this is our time, I'll be yours and you'll be mine
Make it last forever, side by side together
Baby you and me . . .

You're Here With Me

Written By: Angela Johnson

It's been you, always coming to my rescue
The one who stood beside me and saw me through
You show me love of a different kind, it took me so long to realize
You're the one for me, it never crossed my mind, you're all I need
And I look into your eyes, there's a new world I see
A place for us to run away to where I can feel so free
I think I'm gonna stay

You're here with me, now I know there will never be
Another chance to be this happy, I don't wanna lose this feeling
While all the while you standing by, patiently
Waiting for me to turn around, now I'm looking your way
Forever will you stay

You made it right, all of the things that were so wrong in my life
Making me feel so peaceful in my mind
So clearly I see the depths of your love
Lifting me so high to the sky above
You're the one for me, why did it take so long for me to realize
Every time I take one look in your eyes, there's a new world I see
A place for us where dreams come true
I've fallen helplessly in love with you

Stay here with me, I want you here with me
Stay here with me, don't you ever leave

Rescue Me

Written By: Angela Johnson

RESCUE ME

Livin' in a mess like this with so much stress
Can't see my way around it
Everybody left and right just takin' from me
Pushin' me to the limit
It's no wonder, they're to blind to see that I've fallin'
No one's out there and here I am callin'
Won't you pleasecome out and rescue me
If there's anyone who cares about me

Can't take it much longer, Can't help myself, no
Will somebody please come out and rescue me
Can't make it any further, don’t wanna lose no
I'm begging you please come out and rescue me

What does it take for them to understand that
I am only human
I got enough problems on my own
Sorry I ain't no super woman, leaping over buildings in the sky
If you take a good look at me, you can see it, in my face
I'm so tired, I'm runnin' out of strength
Won't you please come out and rescue me
Won't you set me free

CHORUS

Do you remember how it feels
When you're in need and all alone
So if I'm asking please don’t turn away
I need you to answer my call
Don’t make me wait another day, oh no
Don't you hear me callin' for ya
Don't you leave me hangin, come on

CHORUS

Cryin Over U

Written By: Angela Johnson

I may cry when I lose money,
I may cry when I feel ashame
Maybe shed a tear watchin' a sad movie
Some sad songs do me just the same
Sometimes, I cry when I feel helpless,
Or when that time of the month comes around
But baby you ain't got to worry 'bout me
I'm doin' just fine ever since you left town

I ain't cryin' over u
I've got too many things to do
I ain’t cryin’ over u
I've got too many things to do

I could sit around feeling sorry for myself
Agonizing over misery
Break down everytime I see a picture of your face
Wondering where you are and are you happy
Friends keep tellin' me someday I'm gonna feel the pain
It's gonna come like a thief in the night
My whole attitude is gonna change
But they, they don’t know me like they think they do
I've got my pride and the fact still remains

CHORUS

I've got places to go, people to see
Business to tend to, and you know I gotta big family
Spend my money, enjoy my solitude
Life's too short to be sittin around thinkin' about you

CHORUS

No Better Love

Written By: Angela Johnson

Now, what are you talkin' about, you say you're gonna leave me
Well, pack your things and get out and won't you just let me be
Now, I'm tired of your little games
You say, this time it’s gonna be for good
Then tomorrow you'll come around and tell me that you were
Just in the neighborhood,and you’ll say
That you miss me and that you need me
'Cause you know my love is good

No better lover than the one you got,
Boy you got it so good
Ain't no better lovin' than the kind I give

Now relax and calm yourself down, and think about what you're sayin'
I loveya from the bottom of my heart
Even though sometimes you can be a pain
Now I don't wanna lose you, no, so here's my one last plea
Baby you don't have to go unless you need to be free
But I won’t keep you, I'll let you choose
No I won't beg you, cause you know my love is good

No better lover than the one you got,
Boy you got it so good
Ain't no better lovin' than the kind I give
I love ya like no one could

I loveya like no one could . . .
I know you really love, so won't you come and show me
Boy you know my love is good . . .

CHORUS

They Don't Know

Written By: Angela Johnson

There you go again,
Trying to win the hearts of those who humbled you
You work so hard for their acceptance, but they don't seem to care
And you forget that I do
Someday I hope you'll understand
Those fools can't see how special you are inside
But I'm the one

I'm the one who adores you
I appreciate the things you do
I'm the one who loves you, baby I do

Why spend so much time worryin' about what they think of you
Makes life impossible for you to enjoy so freely
No appreciation for your generosity, your kindness
Your respect, your love, they only seem to keep you down
But if you take a look around
You'll find there is someone on your side
I was there all the time, because . . .

CHORUS

They don't know how beautiful you are
They only see what they wanna see
You mean so much more to me
You're the reason why, I wake up every morning with a smile
I'm so proud of you, I appreciate the love of you

(repeat)

Should've Been There

Written By: Angela Johnson

I'm calling, don't you hear me calling for you
I'm searching and I don't see any trace of you
I don't know what to do
Cause I can't stop loving you
Got me heated inside, cause you don't understand
What I'm saying to you, tell me how to break through

Yesterday in my time of need I was looking for ya
Can you tell me where were you?
Dialed your number so many times
Didn't get no answer, you had me worried about you
You didn't see the urgency at all

Should’ve been there for me
When I needed you to hold me
Said you be right there if called you anytime
When you love someone you don't leave them lonely
Cause you might find yourself
Back in the single life

You made a promise don't you remember, baby
That you’ll always be around
Since you wanna be the only one I can call on baby
Well tell me are you still down
Is this true love we've really found? Tell me baby

Should've been there for me
When I needed you to hold me
Said you be right there if called you anytime
When you love someone you don't leave them lonely
Cause you might find yourself
Back in the single life

You can call it what you want to
I'm not saying that I need you all the time
Just do your part and we will be cool
Cause what we got right here
Is just too good to throw aside

I need you baby, ooh, I need you baby, ooh
Let's get it together, together
You and I, you and me, let’s think like one
I don't wanna lose this good thing

Should've been there for me
When I needed you to hold me
Said you be right there if called you anytime
When you love someone you don't leave them lonely
Cause you might find yourself
Back in the single life

Discography

Angela Johnson presents "A Woman's Touch" (LP) 08
Angela Johnson ft. Eric Roberson "Let Me Know" (Single) 08
Reel People "Second Guess" (LP) 08
Angela Johnson "Got To Let It Go" (LP) 05
Cooly's hot-box "Don't Be Afraid-Get On" (LP) 04
Angela Johnson "They Don't Know" (LP) 02
Cooly's hot-box Take It" (LP) 02

Set List

You Got The Love
Rescue Me
Anything
On My Way
No Better Love
Ordinary things
Walkin
I'll Always
They Don't Know
Let's Get Together
All I Need
Cryin Over U
Yes We Can Can