Many people consider the 1990s one of the best eras in music, especially for women in hip hop. Women were sexy and classy, but were also very lyrical. Think of MC Lyte, Queen Latifah, Lauryn Hill, Salt-N-Pepa, Yo-Yo and many others. These women represented strength and positivity.
Our indie artist spotlight this week, Johnaa, comes from this era and is on a mission to bring the same sound and message to her fans.
“I am not concerned about being accepted. I have no ill will toward anyone that is doing music today, I just want to stay in my lane and do what I am comfortable with,” states Johnaa (pronounced Ja-Nay). So what does comfortable mean? When you listen to Johnaa’s music, her music takes you to a place that is warm and fuzzy, but is filled with life examples and warnings. “Many people tell me that when they listen to my music, it reminds them of the past and they want to learn the words to my music and that feels good” according to Johnaa.
Johnaa is very concerned about the type of music that she produces. “I can get grimy lyrically but that is not my style. I have a daughter and she emulates everything I do. So what I am doing reflects on her,” says Johnaa. Also important to Johnaa, is that her parents loved what she was doing.”Before my Dad passed, he did give me a call to let me know that he loved my music. I sent him a tape of me performing, he sat down, watched it, which in turn made my day.”
Johnaa is no stranger to the business side of the industry. She graduated with a
degree in Business Management so that she can better run her business. She also owns her publishing company, PumpkinSeed Entertainment. She has written a book and is currently working on a children’s book. She is also getting into modeling.
“My parents were entrepreneurs and they had me in so many things to keep me busy and focused, that I am able to do that with my business and career. I love performing, love everything where I can be creative. Doing the modeling, writing, touring, it just fits who I am.”
On Saturday, January 12, 2013, Johnaa will debut her new video, “Where U R” at the Koffee Lounge, located at 2632 Georgia Avenue, NW in Washington, D.C. at 10:00 p.m.
“I am so excited. I can’t wait for people to not only see the video, but also to see me perform live, it is going to be a great night.”
For more information about the event, call 301-526-6054 and for more about Johnaa, Facebook: Johnaa and Twitter: @jorohn07.