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Jennifer Johns Chronicles of the Aquarian Mind CD Release
May 01, 2014
Thursday, May 1
8pm $20 advance / $25 day of show
Jennifer Johns long awaited sophomore release "Chronicles of the Aquarian Mind" is an organic and percussive Afro-diasporic-soul folks odyssey. The album is a collection of Jennifer’s prayers, ruminations and reflections on love, freedom and justice. Full of lush and passionate vocal performances, imaginative lyricism and stellar globally inspired production on the part of Oakland’s own Kev Choice, this album is liberating!
“Chronicles” features songs Jennifer began writing while on a journey as a BoldFood Fellow in Kenya and Uganda, East Africa in the summer of 2011. In the summer of 2013 Jennifer Johns and Kev Choice fasted for Black August in response to the Zimmerman verdict. It was during that time that “Chronicles” truly began to crystalize. Together the two powerhouse Bay Area musicians began the process of imagining what they thought was a mixtape featuring a few covers and a few originals. After just a few days in the studio they discovered that they had stumbled into much more. “Its just time to share again. These songs wrote us… not the other way around” says Johns.
Jennifer has been a well respected artivist (artist + activist) in the Oakland community and around the world since she dropped her first project, HeavyElectroMagneticSoularPoeticJungleHop in the spring of 2004. She has has rocked clubs and stadiums from Denver to Dusseldorf, Seattle to Singapore and New York to Nairobi and has played with the likes of Ms. Lauryn Hill, Zap Mama, The Black Eyed Peas, Mos Def, Common, Capelton, Ziggy Marley and many more.
During her time away from the music industry Jennifer spent much of her energy developing an initiative called Go Liv, a project dedicated to promoting urban sustainability and food justice. Currently Johns is having an app built that will allow users to search via GPS and postal code for sustainable lifestyle news and resources (farm to plate restaurants, boutiques, green builders, venues, performers, DIY videos). Jennifer intends to tour the Go Liv APP and Chronicles of the Aquarian Mind together in late spring/summer of 2014
"No matter where you are in the room, when Jennifer starts to sing, you are physically and spiritually beckoned to bear witness and are thankful for the calling."~
Sterling James, KBLX
“Jennifer Johns has a unique ability to combine purpose and passion in her music. From the studio to the stage she challenges her audience to elevate their conscious while simultaneously giving them energy in the music to make them move. SHE ROCKS!” ~Kev Choice
“It is not everyday that an artist achieves the ability to stir the heart and soul through sound and vibration, my heart has not yet stopped stirring since I heard Jennifer Johns.”~ KRS-1
“Jennifer Johns is THE TRUTH!”~ Gift of Gab, Blackalicious
"The quality of her voice, her songwriting and stage presence it's utter magic. She is channeling the work she was meant to do on this earth."~ Nikki Silvestri, Green For All