Folk-rock singer and songstress, Johanna Chase uses the arts of music and storytelling to share ideas of empathy, community, and humility with others. Framed in feminist perspective and abstract biblical poetics, her lyrics are deeply personal and rigorously political-distinguishing her as an honest and passionate artist. Her elegant wordplay over her powerful guitar work resonates with many and serves to inspire.
In Bothell, Washington, some 20 miles northeast of Seattle, Johanna was raised in a devoted Christian household. One can bet that her first music lesson was through the childrens choir. Johannas childhood life was mainly carried out through and around the church. In fact, a major theme in Johannas music is her response to the rigor of her evangelical upbringing, which she felt conflicted with her views on sexual liberation, freedom of choice, and self-acceptance. This is a huge part of her personal struggle, which manifests itself in her music.
We need to change/ for we perpetuate that things we hate/ we are only speaking
(Just Speaking, Azusa, 2008)
Johanna has successfully self-released and self-distributed five LPs under her name as well as her most recent "Two Sides" EP, recorded in her community studio that she helped build in Los Angeles in 2010. Produced by Chase and engineered, mixed and mastered by Robert DeLong, "Two Sides" has been released on 7" vinyl, as well as digital/online format. Performed live simultaneous by Chase (vocals, guitar), Noah Peller (upright bass) and Robert DeLong (drums, percussion), "Two Sides" showcases Chase's musicality, style and unique voice, as a storyteller and singer.
Johanna produced and booked the first I Heart People Tour (www.iheartpeopletour.com) in August 2011, taking her 4-piece folk/funk fusion band on the road on the West Coast with her artist community friends and full sized veggie-oil bus. An experiment in community building and alternative resourcing, the tour was a success and a second I Heart People Tour is anticipated in the fall of 2012. The tour was documented in film format, which can be viewed on the tour's .com.
Johanna Chase continues to tour various west coast venues for the remainder of 2011 and spring of 2012 as well as touring the east coast in the spring of 2012 and making an appearance at Austin's SXSW. She will be returning to the studio in early 2012 to record her next LP.
(Visit www.johannachase.com for the full bio)