Molly Johnson is readying the release of her new album, Meaning To Tell Ya.
The Juno-award winning Canadian icon will combine a collection of covers with original tracks for the new project, out May 11.
Before the album hits our ears in full, we’re looking at five things we can’t wait for from Molly Johnson’s Meaning To Tell Ya:
5. Classic covers with a twist
The first taste of Meaning To Tell Ya comes with “Inner City Blues”, a Marvin Gaye classic that still resonates today with a powerful social commentary message. Leonard Cohen’s “Boogie Street” and Gil-Scott Heron’s “Lady Day and John Coltrane” will also be featured. The jazz arrangements bring a new brightness to the records, extracting fresh emotion and soul.
4. Larry Klein’s contributions to the album
“Working with Larry Klein was magic. When it was finally my turn, I jumped at the opportunity. I can’t wait to share it with everyone,” Molly describes making the record with Klein, “It’s funk, it’s soul, it’s groove.” Larry Klein’s resume includes collaborations with Joni Mitchell and Tracy Chapman, plus Grammy Award wins.
3. Molly’s heartfelt vocals
The second track available from Meaning To Tell Ya, “Boogie Street”, showcases Johnson’s impassioned vocal abilities front-and-centre: she’s raw, she’s vulnerable, and baring her heart over a bed of solemn jazz. Her control and delivery are bar-none.
2. Songs that’ll sound just as good live
Johnson’s live show is a sight to behold, and lucky for us, she’ll be hitting the road again this year. We hope to hear her staples, but a handful of new tracks has us equally excited!
Catch Molly live at:
June 14 – Oshawa – Regent Theatre
June 16 – Burlington – Sound of Music Festival
July 3 – Montreal Jazz Festival
July 10 – Halifax Jazz Festival
August 25 – Orillia Opera House
September 8 – Sudbury Jazz Festival
1. The originals
Yes, as great as Molly’s covers are, we can’t wait to hear her originals! Johnson’s track record proves she’s a stellar songwriter, and can’t wait to hear how she’ll blend these in with the reinterpretations.
Take a look at the full tracklist below:
Inner City Blues
Better Than This
Lady Day And John Coltrane
I’ve Been Meaning To Tell You
Meaning To Tell Ya arrives May 11!
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