More new talent for us at Soul Food to shout about!
Yetunde Johnson is a singer songwriter from North London, and based on the strength of her debut album Favourite Things, we predict great things for her in 2010.
Yetunde was born in Lagos, Nigeria and moved to the UK with her parents when she was five years old. Just two years later Yetunde was singing at her local church every weekend and soon started touring with a youth choir started by her father at various gospel concerts around the UK.
By her late teens it was clear Yetunde had come into her own as a solo artist with her definitive voice and style of writing. She began recording demos in a friends make shift studio which were produced by her brothers production company Niimp (Nothing is impossible) records and spent time perfecting her craft by writing and recording weekly.
During this time she worked with different UK artists such as Loudmouth, Offkey, Yolanda Brown, comedian Eddie Kadi, and shared the stage with gospel legend Ron Kenoly.
By the summer of 2008 Yetunde signed up with Real Music and Management a week before her 23rd birthday. A few months after she was signed to Green Garden Records as their first female solo artist and began recording her debut album in both the US and UK.
Alongside the likes of Anita Mcloud, Chris Arms, Benny Bizzie and Danny Schogger, Yetunde wrote and co-wrote her whole album and also collaborated with label mate Haydon Eshun on a track.
She describes the songs on her album as an outlet of emotions which draw from personal experiences, conversations and humorous situations witnessed in every day life.
We’ve been rinsing the album sampler non-stop since it landed. Cuts such as Sweet Sexy Thing, I’m The One You Want, and Mould Breaker are firin’ and really hit the spot! There’s also a beautiful cover of the classic Thom Bell/Linda Creed-composed You Are Everything, which is both sweetly soulful, and really showcases her vocal chops!
Slated to be released early 2010, Yetunde’s album titled Favourite Things will definitely be a refreshing edition to the music scene, UK and beyond.
More info on Yetunde at her brilliant MySpace page:
Also check the Green Garden label site: