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GREATS GONE 2 SOON: An Etta James Experience featuring Kathleen Johnson
October 12 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm$30
KAJ Productions presents the “Greats Gone 2 Soon” live music series. “KAJ” is a drummer, producer, songwriter, and Music Director.
“Greats Gone 2 Soon” is a prolific and dynamic series of tributes that pay homage to some of the most soul-stirring musical greats of our time. These productions are evidence of how truly driven and inspired we are to serve on a gold platter to music lovers, great musical artists of today, and the everlasting music of our beloved and distinguished musical talents of yesteryear.
This production is a journey through some of ETTA’s greatest recordings interpreted through the vocal stylings of Kathleen Johnson.
GREATS GONE 2 SOON “AN ETTA JAMES EXPERIENCE” featuring KATHLEEN JOHNSON. Also performing are The Ma’Muzs own Germain Brooks and Rhonda Johnson. Lamont Keten of MFELLAZ will also be performing. So will Minneapolis’ Kiana Marie.
Kathleen Johnson has a rich, strong, soulful, sultry, powerful, gut-wrenching vocal range and variety of stylings that compare to MAHALIA JACKSON, SARAH VAUGHN, WHITNEY HOUSTON, ARETHA FRANKLIN, and yes ETTA JAMES. Although she has quite an extensive vocal stretch, range and power in her falsetto soprano voice, she is most comfortable as a deep down contralto. The beauty of her voice will give you chills and raise the hair off the back of your neck.
Kathleen Johnson is a vocalist of “The Original BKS,” founder of MUSICIANS4MUSICIANS LLP, and co- founder of “Raisingthebar, an Artist’s loft,” a workshop for up and coming new talented artists where she mentors many vocalists who go on to lead their own projects. Kathleen has worked as a studio artist at Paisley Park and a studio artist for many regional and national jingles. She was a PAISLEY PARK STUDIO ARTIST on many recordings with RICKY PETERSON and KIRK JOHNSON at the sound board from NEW YORK to LA. She has toured internationally as a supporting vocalist for CARMEN ELECTRA who was the opening act for “PRINCE and NPG DIAMONDS and PEARLS tour.” She was a studio artist for PAISLEY PARK and a backing vocalist live and in the studio for Billy McLaughlin, Alexander O’Neal, Jeff Arundel, Paul Peterson, Keri Noble, Sam Moore, Tevin Campbell, Billy Holloman, Jordin Sparks, and more.
Kathleen has worked side by side LIVE on stage with some of the Twin Cities most hard working, talented and sought after artists such as Paul Peterson, Cynthia Johnson, Javeeta Steele, Debbie Duncan, Gwen Matthews, Shayde, Germain Brooks, Rhonda Johnson, Paris and Jamecia Bennet, Patty Peterson, Ray Covington, Ginger & Ashley Commodore, Michelle Carter, Maurice Jacox, Kevin Jackson, Jay Bee, Johnnie Brown, and many more! She has fronted many local bands and projects such as KIRK JOHNSON’S “TKO”(House band for Prince’s GLAM SLAM), The Combo, BKS, The Soul Tight Committee, The TC Jammers, The Maxx Band, The Combo, The Not Guilty Band, The R Factor, and Synergy to name a few. She has performed at countless Twin Cities music venues, special events, and generously contributes her message via her mentorship and workshop “Raisingthebar an Artist’s loft,” with strong roots in the world famous Anellia’s night club, creating many productions which are offered to numerous fundraisers and philanthropic events locally, nationally, and internationally on the stages of the most respected cabarets, clubs, and concert halls.
The MFellaz is an up and coming R&B/Neo Soul Male Group out of the Minneapolis area made up of 5 Fellaz: Lamont Keten, Roshewn Harrington, David “JustChill” Anderson, Shayde Stephens, and Len Jones. Founder and manager of the group is the one and only “KAJ” of KAJ PRODUCTIONS and miss Kathleen Johnson. Each member of MFellaz are local and national lead vocalists that sing in various groups and/or solo artists out of the MFELLAZ. They decided to come together as a family to create a new Minneapolis R&B male group sound that the world has been anticipating to hear. MFellaz have been inspired by and performed songs by the late and great male groups of the past such as The Jacksons, Temptations, New Edition, Jagged Edge, Earth Wind and Fire, 112, Boyz II Men, Tony! Toni! Toné!, NSYNC, Prince, Stevie Wonder, Dru Hill, BBD, Luther Vandross, Rick James, Isaac Hayes, and Barry White, just to name a few.