Studio Snapshot: Jennie Johnson

Written by Christopher Howley Category: Arts Issue: January 2019
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Singer-songwriter uses her life story as inspiration

Life has been full of ups and downs for singer-songwriter Jennie Johnson. From teen pregnancy to an abusive marriage, the world hasn’t always treated her kindly. “When I started writing the music, it was almost like a form of therapy for me,” Johnson says. “It was medicine to help me heal from my past.” She pursued a career in music in order to speak out against the toxic things she experienced in her life and to send a message of hope to those living through similar traumas. Her album, Note to Self, is available on iTunes. Keep up with all things “Jennie J” at jennie-j.com.

photo by Angelina Aragon

“It was my first year of actually doing music here and I got the support of my community and AZMT [local music website Arizona Mixtapes] picked me as R&B Artist of the Year,” Johnson says.

“To me [recording] is much more comfortable at home,” Johnson says. “I have a platinum producer on my album, and singing in front of him can be pretty intimidating.”

“Everything that I have ever put out, I wrote them on that guitar,” Johnson says of her Martin acoustic. Fun fact: It is also signed by rapper Paul Wall.

“Anything I think of goes in there,” Johnson says. “Whether it is a memory I had in my head, or a story that I’ve told, I always write it down.”