(LOS ANGELES, CA - February 27, 2008) - Meta Music Recording Artist Yolanda Johnson is putting the finishing touch on her latest recording Breathing, her second release and first full length album and probably her most personal record. The debut single "Intervention" featuring T3 of Slum Village is already a runaway hit at MySpace.com, SoulTracks.com, iTunes, tastemaker DJ's in Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, Detroit and others declaring their love for the innovative song and most recently selected staff pick of the week on Napster.com. The gifted singer/songwriter is prepared to release her much anticipated album on July 22, 2008.
For Breathing, Johnson has enlisted some of the most talented, groundbreaking, up and coming producers in the game to support her album debut. "I am excited to again work with Stanton Lewis ("Individual") and Byron Blaylock ("Get 2 Know U" and "Fly...Shine") as producers on the project," says Johnson. "S1 from Strange Fruit Project and Seattle's own producing talent ProhMic have added their production skills to the mix as well."
Yolanda Johnson, a Brooklyn native, proves that the apple doesn't fall too far from the tree. Johnson, the daughter of 70's mellow soul master Samuel Jonathan Johnson, and cousin to Charlie, Ronnie, and Robert Wilson of the Gap Band, has been writing music since the age of five. When asked about her experience in developing Breathing, she explains. "The title of the album comes from so many places. When I released Violet Flower, I was really holding my breath, hoping that people liked what I had to offer. Luckily and graciously, new fans are drawn to my message everyday and now I can finally breathe a little easier. The theme of the album is also inspired from the overwhelming nature of love. On the one hand, love can make you feel so high and so full of life that you can hardly breathe, like that feeling when someone just sweeps you right off your feet and takes your breath away. On the other hand, love can be so tough that it literally takes your breath away and you find yourself unable to breathe at all."
Since releasing her EP, Violet Flower in 2006, Johnson quickly gained critical acclaim receiving the honor of being named BETJ Soul Sessions Breakthrough Artist of the Year as well as her empowering single "Individual" being selected as the theme music for the hot soul music video show.
With the release of Breathing and special performances scheduled to support the project, there's no telling what Johnson's next destination will be. "I look forward to everyone taking it all in and breathing deep and long and hard with me as I release my first full length album."