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Belgium Review: EMILY JOHNSON “OPEN YOUR HEART”

27 Jun

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https://www.rootstime.be/index.html?https://www.rootstime.be/CD%20REVIEUW/2018/JUNI1/CD24.html

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The well-known American musician and producer Narada Michael Walden from San Rafael, California, most people probably know the best of his world hit “Gimme, Gimme, Gimme”, the duet that in 1985 together with Patti Austin to the top of the charts Has sung. This 66-year-old artist has had his own recording studio ‘Tarpan Studios’ for some time now, where he offers new talent a chance to record a record.

This often involves stunning women, because that is why this old confectioner has a lot of knowledge and expertise. In addition, they are talented singer-songwriters who mainly operate in the soul and R & B music scene. On our ‘Rootstime’ pages we have already reviewed a lot of those albums produced by Narada Michael Walden in recent years.

Now we received “Open Your Heart”, a four-song debut EP from the Bulgarian mother and Nigerian father born singer-songwriter Emily Johnson. Producer and co-composer of the four songs is Narada Michael Walden and on three of the four tracks he also provides all musical accompaniment as a multi-instrumentalist, while Emily Johnson naturally takes care of the vocals.

The title track “Open Your Heart” is also the single that was pulled out of this EP and also the song you can listen to on the accompanying video. It is an uptempo song with a positive message, for which Emily Johnson was inspired by, among others, Mahatma Gandhi, Nelson Mandela and the musicians Michael Jackson and John Lennon.

The three other songs that this ‘The Lady Of Heart’ named singer puts on her record are the epic opening track “The Light”, the rocking “I’m Blessed” and the poppy song “Baby Forever” floating on a nice beat. The experienced music lover will not be able to compare the comparison with Whitney Houston when listening to this minialbum in terms of vocal performance.

Her musical mentor is John McLaughlin, the 76-year-old English jazz guitarist and band leader of the ‘Mahavishnu Orchestra’, who also brought her to the attention of Narada Michael Walden, formerly also a drummer with his orchestra. This EP “Open Your Heart” is a first introduction to this future soul and R & B star, because we will be able to hear a lot more from Emily Johnson in the coming years, is beyond dispute.

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For more information about OPEN YOUR HEART or live EMILY JOHNSON performances please visit her website: www.emilyjohnsonofficial.com

 

To order OPEN YOUR HEART on Digital Platforms worldwide please visit:

http://radi.al/EmilyJohnsonOYH

 

To see the video for the title song “OPEN YOUR HEART” please visit:

https://youtu.be/MlNusiSr-dI

 

 

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US Review: EMILY JOHNSON “OPEN YOUR HEART”

4 Jun

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http://jpsmusicblog.blogspot.com/2018/05/new-music-from-aritsts-lunden-reign.html

 

For more information about OPEN YOUR HEART or live EMILY JOHNSON performances please visit her website: www.emilyjohnsonofficial.com

 

To order OPEN YOUR HEART on Digital Platforms worldwide please visit:

http://radi.al/EmilyJohnsonOYH

 

To see the video for the title song “OPEN YOUR HEART” please visit:

https://youtu.be/MlNusiSr-dI

 

 

Belgium Review: EMILY JOHNSON “OPEN YOUR HEART”

1 Jun

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http://www.keysandchords.com/album-review-blog/emily-johnson-open-your-heart

 

For more information about OPEN YOUR HEART or live EMILY JOHNSON performances please visit her website: www.emilyjohnsonofficial.com

 

To order OPEN YOUR HEART on Digital Platforms worldwide please visit:

http://radi.al/EmilyJohnsonOYH

 

To see the video for the title song “OPEN YOUR HEART” please visit:

https://youtu.be/MlNusiSr-dI

 

 

US Review: EMILY JOHNSON “OPEN YOUR HEART”

23 May

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For more information about OPEN YOUR HEART or live EMILY JOHNSON performances please visit her website: www.emilyjohnsonofficial.com

 

To order OPEN YOUR HEART on Digital Platforms worldwide please visit:

http://radi.al/EmilyJohnsonOYH

 

To see the video for the title song “OPEN YOUR HEART” please visit:

https://youtu.be/MlNusiSr-dI

Canada Review: EMILY JOHNSON “OPEN YOUR HEART”

21 May

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For more information about OPEN YOUR HEART or live EMILY JOHNSON performances please visit her website: www.emilyjohnsonofficial.com

 

To order OPEN YOUR HEART on Digital Platforms worldwide please visit:

http://radi.al/EmilyJohnsonOYH

 

To see the video for the title song “OPEN YOUR HEART” please visit:

https://youtu.be/MlNusiSr-dI

Big Blend Radio Interview Podcast – EMILY JOHNSON “OPEN YOUR HEART”

17 May

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Listen to the Big Blend Radio conversation with singer-songwriter Emily Johnson “The Lady of Heart” who discusses her debut EP ‘Open Your Heart’, along with her music career and life in Europe.

 

 

Emily Johnson is a Bulgarian-born Nigerian singer, songwriter, and composer. Having performed around the world for many years, she has released OPEN YOUR HEART, her debut EP, with the help of Tarpan Records in the United States. This EP was produced by Narada Michael Walden and features 4 original songs.

 

For more information about OPEN YOUR HEART or live EMILY JOHNSON performances please visit her website: www.emilyjohnsonofficial.com

 

To order OPEN YOUR HEART on Digital Platforms worldwide please visit:

http://radi.al/EmilyJohnsonOYH

 

To see the video for the title song “OPEN YOUR HEART” please visit:

https://youtu.be/MlNusiSr-dI

 

 

 

US Review: EMILY JOHNSON “OPEN YOUR HEART”

3 May

http://michaelsmusiclog.blogspot.com/2018/04/emily-johnson-open-your-heart-2018-cd.html

SATURDAY, APRIL 28, 2018

Emily Johnson: “Open Your Heart” (2018) CD Review

Emily Johnson is a singer and songwriter with a strong voice full of passion. On her debut EP, Open Your Heart, she delivers songs that feel like they’re about the healing and rejuvenating power of music and love, and these songs – particularly the first two tracks – are especially effective in these days of division and strife and troubles. On this EP she gives us positive, uplifting, empowering, and encouraging music, all tracks written by Emily Johnson and Narada Michael Walden. Narada Michael Walden, who has produced music for Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles, George Michael and Stevie Wonder (among others), produced and arranged these tracks, and played most of the instruments.

The EP opens with “The Light,” a pop love song with some gorgeous gospel sounds, especially in the backing vocals. They have that kind of passion, you know? Cornell “CC” Carter and DeeDee Simon provide the backing vocals on this track. There is joy and love in Emily Johnson’s delivery. “The light shines above me when I’m with you/The light in you gives me everything I need/When you hold me close and tell me that you love me/The light in you gives me everything I need.” I hope everyone can experience that kind of feeling, because it’s the very thing that keeps me going in these dark days of the Trump regime.
That’s followed by the EP’s title track, “Open Your Heart,” which has a steady beat, marching us toward a positive future. At least, that’s how it feels, and we all need this now. “Please stop denying yourself/Please stop blaming everybody else/You know we can make it better/We all can get it together.” The song acknowledges that hatred abounds these days, but offers hope and a reminder that there is a way out, a way above, that it’s all about heart. “Open your heart/Let it go, let it go/Open your mind/And change the world, change the world/Start to believe and you will see/As long as you love, you will be free.” Her delivery is heartfelt, and so her words carry weight, and we believe her. There is an optimism here that I want to latch onto. Chris Heist Walden plays keys on this track, and Jim Reitzel is on guitar. The backing vocals are again done by Cornell “CC” Carter and DeeDee Simon.
“I’m Blessed” is more of a dance song, with an electronic beat. I’m not as into it as I am the first two tracks, but it still has a positive vibe. This one was written by Narada Michael Walden, Gary Williams and Emily Johnson. G Dub provides some vocals. The EP then concludes with “Baby Forever” an innocent pop love song, with a happy sound. “Be my baby/Come on, hold me tight/Be my baby/Love me tonight, love me tonight.”
CD Track List
  1. The Light
  2. Open Your Heart
  3. I’m Blessed
  4. Baby Forever
Open Your Heart is scheduled to be released on May 11, 2018 on Tarpan Records.
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