If you watch network television, you've probably heard Winnipeg native Jaylene Johnson's music. Her “smart-pop” music has danced its way to shows like Pretty Little Liars and Degrassi: The Next Generation. An avid collaborator, her work has been recorded by several other Canadian artists, including celebrated singer and songwriter, Amy Sky. Several records of original material showcase her “angelic pipes” (Wpg Sun) and soul-nourishing songs. She is an artist who makes you "listen more closely" (CD Baby), putting her own quirky, yet insightful, slant on life, love and matters of faith.
Jaylene’s journey began in a miniature toy piano, plunking out the familiar “Frere Jacques” for her mother at the age of three. Lessons ensued, and this led to a love and passion for music as a key form of expression. It wasn’t until she embarked on a music “career”, however, that Jaylene combined a love of music with an affinity for prose and poetry in the art of songwriting. Her first album “Not Forgotten” was recorded in Winnipeg by producer Lloyd Peterson, who encouraged her to write original material. Her song “Daughter” from that record won Contemporary Pop Song of the Year in 2002, an international award given by the Gospel Music Association based in the US.
She went on to record “Finding Beautiful” with Stephen Rendall and Eldon Winter in Three Hills, Alberta, followed by “Happiness” with multiple producers in Winnipeg. Both records were nominated for Western Canadian Music Awards, and several songs from both albums landed coveted spots on network television. These placements caught the attention of Casablanca Media Publishing, with whom Jaylene worked in a co-publishing agreement from 2007-2009. During this period, Jaylene’s love of songwriting matured in the area of cowriting. She has since had the opportunity to work with countless Canadian and American songwriters, producers and musicians, including Simon Wilcox (Cider Sky) and the fore-mentioned Amy Sky, whose album “Alive and Awake” includes three of Jaylene’s songs. Several compositions have also earned Honorable Mentions in the Pop/AC and Country categories of the International Songwriting Competition.
The CBC has been good to Jaylene, locally and inter-provincially, as has Galaxy radio, which spins her songs on its Pop/AC channel and “The Light”. Though her lyrics are not evangelical in nature, national Christian radio has also given Jaylene exposure in faith-based markets. Recently, a song called “Hope” was chosen to represent the National Anglican Church of Canada’s “Marks of Mission”, a project which includes a music video and documentary of the recording of the song in Vancouver, BC, with an all-star crew of musicians including the song’s cowriter, Jim Kimball (Nashville-based songwriter, producer and guitar player for Reba McIntyre) Randall Stoll (Tom Cochrane, k.d.Lang) David Sinclair (Sarah McLachlan) and Randy Murray (producer and former guitarist for BTO)
Though based in Winnipeg, Jaylene is no stranger to ‘the road’. She has traveled from coast-to-coast in Canada, playing venues from House Concerts to large stages, and entertaining audiences with her sincerity, story-telling and beautiful music. Jaylene is also available for consultation, facilitation or workshop panels. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org