Jaylene Johnson

Jaylene Johnson

 Winnipeg, Manitoba, CAN
BandPopSinger/Songwriter

WCMA nominated artist. Soul-nourishing,substance-filled pop. Great, "synch-able" songwriting. Music focuses on a poetic lyric and clever, catchy melodies. Vibrant on-stage communicator and performer. NEW LP "Happiness" now available at www.jaylenejohnson.com

Biography

Winnipeg singer/songwriter Jaylene Johnson is no stranger to the twists and turns in the life of a musician, having experienced her own tilt-a-whirl journey, to say the least. The most dramatic event was a head-on collision with a semi-truck in December of 2004, which capped off an extensive coast-to-coast Canadian tour. What followed was a season where excruciating pain brought life to a halt. But she survived the accident and subsequent injuries, and once again bought tickets for the music industry ride. On her third full-length album, Happiness, you'll be grateful that she did.

Jaylene credits Lloyd Peterson, the producer of her first record, Not Forgotten (2000), with encouraging her to write her own material and songwriting is where she discovered her deepest passion in music. She was awarded Contemporary Pop Song of the Year by the US Gospel Music Association (2002) while her sophomore release, Finding Beautiful (2004), was nominated for a Western Canadian Music Award and five Covenant Awards in 2004. Songs from both albums received national airplay on CBC and CCM radio, and found numerous placements in television with Sony Pictures Television and NBC Universal.

In 2006, Johnson caught the ear of Casablanca Media Publishing where she became their first signed writer and wrote under contract until recently. She has shared songwriting credits with dozens of musicians across the USA and Canada including Amy Sky (Heart, Olivia Newton John), and Simon Wilcox (Paris Hilton, the Trews, Three Days Grace). Most recently, a song co-written with Justin Gray (Joss Stone, Hannah Montana) found its way to a demo for Leah Danielle, produced by well-known producer David Foster. Songs from Happiness are also finding their way out. The lead single, Just Be, was the theme song for a new ezine, www.more2girls.com, while Grow was highlighted on the CBC hit TV show Being Erica.

A straight up, no apologies pop album, Happiness features 10 tracks of jangle-y rockers and atmospheric ballads along with an enhanced portion featuring bonus tracks and more. Johnson's artistic influences echo throughout album, recalling Joni Mitchell's lyrical soul, Jane Siberry's subtlety and Sarah McLachlan's crossover appeal. The lush sound of the recording is the work of producers Brandon Friesen and Phil Deschambault.

Happiness demonstrates Johnson's ability to find hope in the face of the ups and downs and painful realities of life. This is a hope that she shares with great charisma onstage, through performing and storytelling, and will continue to share as she promotes Happiness at home and beyond.

JAYLENE JOHNSON EVENT LIST

Awards and Nominations
- Sophomore disc Finding Beautiful nominated for a Western Canadian Music Award and five Covenant Awards in 2004
- Song Prairie Girl winner of national songwriting award for Communities in Bloom in 2003
-Song Daughter from debut disc awarded Contemporary Pop Song of the Year by the US Gospel Music Association in 2002

Licenses

-Song "Winter Wish" selected for Air Canada's InFlight playlist (2009)
-Two songs cleared for "The Cinderella Pact" (MOW, 2009)
-One song cleared for Degrassi:The Next Generation (Series, 2009)
-Placement of Grow (Happiness 2009) on CBC's being Ericka
-Placement of Boomerang on NBC's Lipstick Jungle
-Placement of Only Have my Love (Finding Beautiful 2004) on The Black Donnellys for iTunes through NBC Universal
-Placement of Do Anything on Beautiful People via the ABC Family Network
-Placement of several songs from Finding Beautiful (2004) through Sony Pictures Television, including: Butterfly Girl for Dawson's Creek and Not Forgotten, Sit Awhile and Wonder for Joan of Arcadia
-Use of Butterfly Girl lyrics and song for a book called Celebrate Changes : Girls Voices Matter, released in October, 2007

Cuts by other artists:

-Rescue Me produced by David Foster for pop-opera singer Leah Danielle's demo recording
-I Love You More for Sierra Noble's breakthrough EP Possibilities
-Give Me a Ring for The Keats
-Grow and Keep You Safe for US artist JJ Heller
-Leaving Caliente for US artist Ross Copperman
-I Want You to Go for US singer and actress Amelia Varni
-Was It Worth It and Beautiful Scars for Alberta singer Janelle
-I'm Gone and I've Had Enough for Metis artist, Darrelyne Bickel

Other

-CBC live recording of release concert to air in August or September, 2009 on Canada Live
-Recently featured on Hot 103's local's only with Young Mike, Big Breakfast and the Nighthawk with Geoff Currier
-Showcases for NBC Universal, ABC Disney and the Western Canadian Music Awards
-Touring and performing original material: 2000-present
-Continued national airplay on CCM radio with singles Butterfly Girl, Wonder and Here and Now
-Regular spins on CBC Radio (various programs, local and national)
-print interviews with Uptown Magazine, the Winnipeg Sun, Winnipeg Women, the Uniter and The Manitoban, Encore Magazine, Christian Women Today

Lyrics

Just Be

Written By: Jaylene Johnson and David Browning

Just Be

A bird is just a bird
Doesn’t wonder if it’s heard
When it starts to sing
If it want to fly
It just sees the sky
And it spreads its wings

It just is as it is

Chorus:
Why overthink to understand
Lose my mind to gain the world
Complicate a simple plan
I’ll just do the best I can
Too many things I can’t control
I’ve been wasting energy
I’m still learnin’ how to just be

A rose is just a rose
It never even knows
How beautiful it is
And a wave is just a wave
Doesn’t worry how it’s made
When it gives the land a kiss

It’s so free to simply be

Chorus

Step back
Breathe in
There’s no need
To know the end
Relax
It’s ok to enjoy the part you play

Why overthink to understand
Lose my mind to gain the world
Complicate a simple plan
I’ll just do the best I can
Too many things I can’t control
I’ve been wasting energy
I’m still learnin’ how to just be

Falling Star

Written By: Jaylene Johnson and Link Tipton

I’m afraid to ask you
But I can’t stand to keep things how they are
Whenever I pass you
I can see you’re a falling star

I don’t get it-This pain in my heart
If I let it-It’ll take me apart

How could I leave you here
Or let you turn and walk away
If you could see things clear
Don’t you think you’d want to stay

It’s a typical morning
But you seem so much further from a smile
Another cream in your
Would you sit and talk with me awhile

You’re caught in a deep black hole
Spinning out of control

How could I leave you here
Or let you turn and walk away
If you could see things clear
Don’t you think you’d want to stay

You can hold on, you can hold on, hold on to me
We can move on past the tragedy
Let me help you out
Cause nothing is as desperate as it seems

How could I leave you here
Or let you turn and walk away
If you could see things clear
Don’t you think you’d want to stay

Happiness

Written By: Jaylene Johnson

I’ve never liked having my arms pinned to my sides
I know you care but you are holding me too tight
I would be happier
I would be happier
Everything would be alright
I would be happier
I would be happier
There’d be no more cause to fight

There are some days I like to be out on my own
Don’t take it personally if I need to go
I would be happier
I would be happier
If I had some time alone
I would be happier
I would be happier
If you’d give me room to grow

It’s a funny thing about freedom
It’s a strange thing about love
You’ve gotta hold me with an open hand
Not with a firm-fisted glove
I might leave for a while
It might put your heart to the test
But I will always come back to happiness

Please give me wings, Give me a chance to fly away
I’ll catch a breeze and I’ll soar high above this place
I would be happier
I would be happier
If the choice was mine to make
I would be happier
I would be happier
Maybe then I’d want to stay

It’s a funny thing about freedom
And it’s a strange thing about love
You’ve gotta hold me with an open hand
Not with a firm-fisted glove
I might leave for a while
It might put your heart to the test
But I will always come back
Always come back to happiness

Grow

Written By: Jaylene Johnson, JJ and David Heller

Why did the rain go away
Was it something I said
Countin’ the minutes of the day
Til the sun goes to bed

Stubborn cloud I watch you rolling past
What would I give for you to cry at last
Don’t be afraid to let your feelings show
If we dry up then we don’t grow
Grow, grow, grow

Should tell you a story to make you sad
Seen my share of pain
You’ve taken the joy that I had
Every last drop down the drain

Stubborn cloud I watch you rolling past
What would I give for you to cry at last
Don’t be afraid to let your feelings show
If we dry up then we don’t grow
Grow, grow, grow

Isn’t the load that you carry heavy
Isn’t it time to let it down already

Stubborn cloud I watch you rolling past
What would I give for you to cry at last
Don’t be afraid to let your feelings show
If we dry up then we don’t grow
Grow, grow, grow

Up and Away

Written By: Jaylene Johnson, Anthony Anderson and Steve Smith

Taking a chance never an easy thing to do
But I’m taking your hand and I’m willing to try with you
I felt like I was glued to the ground
Til you came around

No xray vision every day a surprise
But I’m feeling super strong when I look in your eyes
If we fly together we can shoot for the sky and say
Up, up and away

Whisper a prayer crossing my fingers and my toes
Walking on air leaving my cares below
They say in life there’s no guarantee
What will be will be

No xray vision every day a surprise
But I’m feeling super strong when I look in your eyes
If we fly together we can shoot for the sky and say
Up, up and away

Taking a chance never an easy thing to do
But I’m taking your hand and I’m willing to try with you

No xray vision every day a surprise
But I’m feeling super strong when I look in your eyes
If we fly together we can shoot for the sky and say
Up, up and away

Superhero

Written By: Jaylene Johnson and Simon Wilcox

Pack me up
Prepare to leave the city
I can sleep on the plane
Got enough to hail a yellow taxi
Just in case of the rain
Cause I’m tired of being a superhero

Gone away
You’ll never find me
Please don’t call me if the world falls down
Gotta leave this life behind me
Yeah, I’m skippin’ town
Cause I’m tired of being a superhero

It’s too much This world is just so broken
Don’t know where to begin
Giving up I guess my hope was stolen
When I saw bad guys win
I just want to be an average joe

Gone away
You’ll never find me
Please don’t call me if the world falls down
Gotta leave this life behind me
Yeah, I’m skippin’ town
Cause I’m tired of being a superhero

Saving babies and old ladies
While soldiers go to war
What’s the point, yeah
What’s the point of good guys anymore

Gone away
You’ll never find me
Please don’t call me if the world falls down
Gotta leave this life behind me
Yeah, I’m skippin’ town
Cause I’m tired of being a superhero

China Dolls

Written By: Jaylene Johnson

I got a ticket I was standing in line
With all of the children, eyes open wide
Little excited and a little afraid
Part of me wanted to run away
Couldn’t turn back
Was my time to go
One thing I know
When I took the ride
Never felt so good
Never felt so alive

We break when we fall
We’re like china dolls
Make mistakes
Put up walls
Just to get through it all

Confidence changes when we get old
Hard to take chances now that you know
Bad things can happen and they’ve happened to you
Leave you shattered not a thing you can do
At the edge, it looks far below
One thing I know
When I took the dive
Never felt so good
Never felt so alive

We break when we fall
We’re like china dolls
Make mistakes
Put up walls
Just to get through it all

You know I’m sorry, I know you’re hurt
I gave you pain that you didn’t deserve
It wasn’t easy walking away
Hardest choice that I ever made
Was I foolish when I let you go
One thing I know, like a balloon to the sky
Never felt so good
Never felt so alive

We break when we fall
We’re like china dolls
Make mistakes
Put up walls
Just to get through it all

Fairytale

Written By: Jaylene Johnson and Stuart Cameron

As it turns out
He’s the kinda guy
Who could be with another man’s wife
Had she known that
Would she have thought twice
Before she let another lover write the same old story of her life

If we saw where we would fall
If we saw clearly would we love at all

Maybe it’s her
She’s the kind of girl
Who believes in fairytale world
Taking chances
Leaving breadcrumbs
Now every time she get lost it’s getting harder to find her way home

If we saw where we would fall
If we saw clearly would we love at all
Things we do to be loved
If we don’t know better
Don’t know better
Are we better off

She could give up
Say it’s too hard
Build a fortress around her heart
Some protection
Or a prison
Sittin’ in a tower watching all the happy endings go by

If we saw where we would fall
If we saw clearly would we love at all
Things we do to be loved
If we don’t know better
Don’t know better
Don’t know better
Are we better off

Closer to You

Written By: Jaylene Johnson and Monica Schroeder

Closer to You
Monica Schroeder and Jaylene Johnson (50/50)

I decided I could be happy on my own
Find a way to get it done when I needed to be strong
Always choosing safely (I was), going it alone
Never taking chances just in case I might be wrong
But I’m feeling a longing inside me
And I’m taking a road I’ve never seen

Closer to you
Closer to you
Further from me
Closer to you

I was scared if you were mine I’d only let down
I was cold when you were kind
But you always stayed around
I had doubts but you believed
That one day I’d let go
You never lost your faith in me
And I want you to know

That I’m moving toward you, I can see you
And I’m leaving the way I’ve always been

Closer to you
Closer to you
Further from me
Closer to you

But I’m feeling a longing inside me
And I’m taking a road I’ve never seen
And I’m moving toward you, I can see you
And I’m leaving the person that I’ve been

Closer to you
Closer to you
Further from me
Closer to you
Closer to you
Closer to you
Further from me
Closer to you

Joy

Written By: Jaylene Johnson and Arun Chaturvedi

Joy comes in the morning
She finds her way in with the light of the day
Joy drops by without warning and suddenly
Everything’s okay
Joy, It’s what she does
She’s knows how to heal me
Joy, joy waiting for joy

Joy, leaves me at night with a hurt in my heart and a mess in my head
Joy is nowhere in sight when I can’t see past the edge of my bed
Joy, she disappears
But I know she’ll be here
Joy, Joy waiting for joy

Joy, she’s in no hurry and sometimes I wonder if she’s really mine
Joy, I try not to worry cause when she comes home
She’s always on time
Joy, she comes and goes
But she’ll never leave me
Joy, joy, waiting for joy

Won't Sleep Tonight

Written By: Jaylene Johnson

Somewhere too far away from here, in the middle of the sea
You watch the water and you think about me
You know I see the same bright stars, you know what I wish
Do you know that I feel selfish when I ask for it

Cause I wish that you were coming through the door
But I know that when you can another ship will leave the shore

The world won’t sleep tonight
The world won’t sleep tonight
The world won’t sleep tonight ‘til all the sailors can come home

Somewhere there’s a hero, in some forgotten place
He sits watching his boy dreaming, bends to kiss his tiny face
Then he holds on to his wife, breathes her in for one last while
She tries to fight the goodbye tears and give him one last smile

He knows that he can’t save everyone
But he’ll go and pay the price of freedom for his lover and his son

The world won’t sleep tonight
The world won’t sleep tonight
The world won’t sleep tonight ‘til all the sailors can come home

Young men and women grown too fast
Standing guard while life slips past
We eat, we drink not thinking of their loss
They’ve had to leave somebody too
Who misses them like I’m missing you
I want to have you here, but what a cost

I wish that you were coming through the door
But I know that when you can another ship will leave the shore

The world won’t sleep tonight
The world won’t sleep tonight
The world won’t sleep tonight ‘til all the sailors can come home

(Somewhere too far away from here, in the middle of the sea
You watch the water and you think about me)

Small Fish

Written By: Jaylene Johnson and Andrea Wasse

We were just two small fish living in still waters
Waiting for a current to carry us away
Take us down the river maybe somewhere warmer
Maybe to the ocean dreamin’ of LA

Where the big fish throw their parties for the little ones to play
Swimmin’ circles all around them and seducing easy prey

Caught in a crowd full make believe
Calling your name but you can’t break free
One tiny voice in a big blue sea
Hoping you’ll find your way back to me


We packed up our suitcase
Waited for the big wave
You saw something sparkle
I saw you take the bait
Tried to find some new friends
But I’m nothing like them
Stuck inside the rushes
Or hiding under shells

Had I warned you
Had I followed
Would we be so lost today
Bottom feeders try to keep me
From the one that got away

Caught in a crowd full make believe
Calling your name but you can’t break free
One tiny voice in a big blue sea
Hoping you’ll find your way back to me

Am F
Sinking like stones to the sand
Dm G E Am F7
Too much for small fish to handle on their own

If we were back together living in still waters
Would we trust the current, make the same mistake

Caught in a crowd full make believe
Calling your name but you can’t break free
One tiny voice in a big blue sea
Hoping you’ll find your way back to me


Handsome

Written By: Jaylene Johnson, Chris Burke-Gaffney, Sharlene Loveless, Jolene Keats

You’re the kinda handsome
Gets all the ladies dancin’
Eyes poppin’, jaw droppin’ heart stoppin’ handsome
Got the kind of moves that make everybody groove
Yeah the beat’s thumpin’ blood’s pumpin’
All the fish are jumpin’ for you

Oh

(But) could I take you home to dinner
Would Daddy say you were a winner
Would my brother be your best friend
Would my mama give you seconds
Because if I can’t take you home
Take your hands off me, Handsome

You’re askin’ for the last dance
Should I take a big chance
Sweet talking moon walking
Chalk it up to romance
Saying all the right things
Tuggin’ at my heart strings
Head’s swimmin’ we’re spinnin’
Can you hear the choir singin’

Oh
Oh

(But) could I take you home to dinner
Would Daddy say you were a winner
Would my brother be your best friend
Would my mama give you seconds
Because if I can’t take you home
Take your hands off me, Handsome

Home is where the heart is
Will you answer twenty questions
Do you think you’d pass the test
Cause Daddy's got a shotgun and Mama knows best

(But) could I take you home to dinner
Would Daddy say you were a winner
Would my brother be your best friend
Would my mama give you seconds
Because if I can’t take you home
If I can’t take you home
If I can’t take you home
Take your hands off me, Handsome

When It All Goes South

Written By: Jaylene Johnson, Sharlene Loveless, Jolene Keats

Verse 1

Headed out with your honey on a Friday night
And she asked you "Honey do I look all right?"
You didn't look up when y' said yeah fine
But you sure looked shocked when she started cryin'

Pre1
She said is that the best you can do
Don't you know this dress is new
I got some advice for you

Chorus

You better shift some gears
Put it all in reverse
Don't say another word unless it's well rehearsed
Put your hat over your heart
Take your boot outta your mouth
Yeah it's how to git on track
When it all goes south

She said
Well, here I am honey all dolled up
And you say nicer things about your pickup truck
Now you're spinnin' your wheels but it ain't enough
To dig yourself out and get unstuck

If you still wanna take me out
Just say your sorry now
Honey let me tell you how

(Chorus - ending on G)

Bridge:

If you wanna keep all my affection
You're gonna need a little bit of education
Here's some other words for "fine"

Beautiful, Bodacious
Delectable Delicious
Awesome, amazing
So intoxicating
Sexy, sensational
Fabulous, phenomenal
Breath-taking, earth-shaking, heart-breaking bombshell

Chorus

Discography

Wish (2011)

8 simple but gorgeous tracks...More like Jaylene's live solo show. Recorded by Arun Chaturvedi and Michael Petkau.

Happiness (May 2009)

10 pop/AC tracks produced by Brandon Friesen and Phil Deschambault, plus an enhanced portion featuring 3 bonus tracks, an interview with CBC producer Deana Sumanac, lyric pages and more.

Finding Beautiful

Produced by Stephen J Rendall and Eldon Winter in Three Hills, AB.
(LP-Singles Wonder, Butterfly Girl and Here and Now are still receiving radio airplay; five songs from this record have been licensed through Sony Pictures Television: Sit Awhile, Wonder and Not Forgotten for Joan of Arcadia; Butterfly Girl for the final season DVD release of Dawson's Creek; Do Anything for an ABC's "Beautiful People")

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Produced by Jon Loeppky.
(EP-Won a Larrivee Guitar through a national songwriting contest for song "Prairie Girl")

Not Forgotten

Produced by Lloyd Peterson at Private Ear Studios in Winnipeg, MB
(LP-Debut disc-Song "Daughter" won an international songwriting award through the Gospel Music Association in the US)

Set List

45-1h30 minutes depending on the event.

Generally all songs are original.