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Syleena Johnson

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A Grammy-nominated singer, songwriter, arranger, and producer, Syleena Johnson has built a lasting career as a distinctively forthright R&B artist equipped with a powerful voice. The daughter of unsung soul great Syl Johnson, she was born in Harvey, Illinois and grew up listening to Aretha Franklin, Al Green, Tina Turner, the Dells, and Mavis Staples. She performed in local bands and sang in her church choir at Greater Christian Unity, and later worked in classical and gospel choirs as well as in jazz ensembles at Drake University and Illinois State University, where she majored in music. Johnson's soulful rasp, reminiscent of old-school R&B singers, set the tone for her confessional songs. Her first recordings appeared on a mid-'90s album of duets with her father, but she made her proper debut with Love Hangover (1999), which featured covers of Diana Ross' "Love Hangover" and Womack & Womack's "Baby I'm Scared of You." She then signed with the Jive label for three albums, all of which reached the Top 20 of Billboard's R&B/Hip-Hop albums chart. On Chapter 1: Love, Pain & Forgiveness (2001), Johnson confronted her romantic pitfalls and coming of age with guest appearances by Buddy Guy and R. Kelly. Between Chapter 2: The Voice (2002) and Chapter 3: The Flesh (2005), she appeared on fellow Chicago native Kanye West's Grammy-nominated Top Ten Hot 100 hit "All Falls Down." Surprisingly, sales of the latter seemingly weren't increased by the single's success. Johnson's Jive era was anthologized by I Am Your Woman: The Best of Syleena Johnson (2008). Johnson went independent for Chapter 4: Labor Pains (2009) and toured with Lalah Hathaway, Indira Khan, and Lisa Simone as Daughters of Soul. After Chapter 5: Underrated (2011), supported by a deal with the Shanachie label, she co-starred in TV One's R&B Divas: Atlanta and appeared with some of her fellow reality stars on the R&B Divas (2012) album. Shortly thereafter, Johnson collaborated with Musiq Soulchild and producer Kemar McGregor for 9ine (2013), a set of contemporary reggae duets. Signed to the Blakbyrd label, Johnson released Chapter 6: Couples Therapy (2014), which she worked on extensively with Pierre Medor and Kriss Johnson. Rebirth of Soul (2017) featured covers of classics selected by and recorded with her father, including Syl's own "Is It Because I'm Black." It marked the first time she'd recorded live vocals from a studio room floor with musicians. Syl produced and enlisted veteran Chicago players -- some had worked on his own catalog sessions. In the press release Syleena stated: "I wanted to honor him and classic soul music during a time when Auto-Tune and electronic beats reign supreme." ~ Robert Hicks & Andy Kellman
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  2.   Guess What
  3.   My Love
  4.   I Am Your Woman
  5.   Lonely Teardrops
  6.   One Day
  7.   Like Thorns
  8.   I'd Rather Go Blind
  9.   Only a Woman
  10.   Perfectly Worthless
  11.   The Champ
  12.   You Said by Liberty City
  13.   Harmony
  14.   The Makings of You
  15.   Bad Person
  16.   A Boss
  17.   Another Relationship
  18.   Slowly
  19.   I'd Rather Be Wrong
  20.   Ain't No Love
  21.   You Ain't Right
  22.   Hit on Me
  23.   You Got Me Spinnin'
  24.   Dear You
  25.   If You Play Your Cards Right
  26.   Fade Away
  27.   Guitars of the Heart (Happy)
  28.   Underrated
  29.   More
  30.   And Then... (Interlude)
  31.   Meanwhile... (Interlude)
  32.   He's Gonna Do You In by Buddy Guy
  33.   I Believe in Love
  34.   Faithful to You
  35.   My Shoes
  36.   These Arms of Mine
  37.   The Monkey Time
  38.   There'll Come a Time
  39.   [Untitled]
  40.   Unstoppable
  41.   Silence
  42.   Boom
  43.   No Beginner
  44.   If I Was Your World
  45.   Heaven in Hell
  46.   Stone Wall
  47.   Love Theory featuring Maysa
  48.   Angry Girl
  49.   Peace Pipe
  50.   Your Love
  51.   You Let Me Down
  52.   Where's the Love featuring Teefa
  53.   Shoo Fly
  54.   Personal Trainer
  55.   My First
  56.   It Is True
  57.   Is It Because I'm Black
  58.   Intro
  59.   Interlude: Redstorm's Domestic Lesson
  60.   Go Home
  61.   Go
  62.   Freedom
  63.   The Flesh - Outro
  64.   Still Open
  65.   Outro
  66.   So Willingly
  67.   No Words
  68.   I'm Gon' Cry
  69.   Now That I Got You
  70.   Tonight I'm Gonna Let Go
  71.   All of Me
  72.   Everybody Wants Something
  73.   Baby I'm So Confused
  74.   The Beginning (Intro)
  75.   Labor Pains
  76.   Fool's Gold by Leela James
  77.   Leave Me Alone
  78.   Maury Povich featuring Cold Hard
  79.   Chain of Fools
  80.   Be Me
  81.   We Did It
  82.   Classic Love Song
  83.   The End (Outro)
  84.   Apartment for Rent
  85.   Label Me
  86.   Wild Horses
  87.   Hypnotic featuring Fabolous
  88.   Make Me Yours
  89.   Go Head by Na'tee
  90.   Feel the Fire by Musiq Soulchild
  91.   Special Occasion
  92.   Bull's-Eye (Suddenly)
  93.   If You Need to Know
  94.   So Big by Musiq Soulchild
  95.   Is That You
  96.   All This Way for Love
  97.   The Flesh - Interlude
  98.   He Makes Me Say
  99.   You
  100.   I Cut My Hair
  101.   The Voice/Intro
  102.   Cry
  103.   Phone Sex
  104.   Time
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