My Secret Garden
'. . . Johnson's voice has a very interesting, almost unsteady quality (almost), which amps up the impact of the vocals. It is as if she is filled with emotion to the point of it spilling over as she sings. . . .Those who enjoy emotional, heartfelt, folk-style music will find this CD delivers quite well.' - CelticMP3s.com 'Jennifer Johnson is a multi-talented artist with a richly captivating voice and fine instrumental skills. Her songs on My Secret Garden are thoughtfully written and performed, grounded in the tradition, able to hold their own with the premier writers and artists on her album. Her performance moves seamlessly from song to song showing a presence and an homage to the music she admires.' - Roger Deitz, Columnist, Sing Out! Magazine 'Like the balladeers of old, Jennifer Johnson weaves images and stories into a Celtic tapestry that ease the urban angst and remind us of our country souls.' Julie Lyonn-Lieberman Author, Educator, Violinist This relaxing blend of contemporary, traditional, and original songs, marks the debut of singer-musician Jennifer Johnson. She is accompanied by Eamon O'Leary on guitar and mandolin, Natalie Haas on cello, Jerry O'Sullivan on low whistles, and producer/engineer Ben Wisch also on piano. ABOUT THE CD 'My Secret Garden' was recorded in January 2004 at Bailey Bldg. & Loan, in NYC by Ben Wisch. Ben recorded grammy-winning Marc Cohn's 'Walkin in Memphis' and has worked with Kathy Mattea, Catie Curtis, Cheryl Wheeler, David Wilcox, Patty Larkin, among many other succesful artists. Needless to say, I was so glad to work with Ben. Having the right engineer was one of the most important parts of this project for me, so it was well worth the extra few months it took to find and contact Ben. In addition to being a great engineer and having worked with a line-up of already successful artists, Ben is easy to work with and helped to create the perfect space for this project to be born into. Though it was a bit last minute trying to line up musicians over the Christmas holidays, everything fell together beautifully and I feel blessed to have had these amazingly talented musicians, as well as pleasant people, involved with this project. Eamon O'Leary saved the day as I contacted him a few days before Christmas, with only 2 weeks notice, to play guitar on 6 of the the 9 tracks. I was also fortunate to catch Natalie Haas in NYC for a few days in between a visit to California and a trip to Scotland to play with fiddler Alasdair Fraser. Natalie laid down cello tracks on Neil Finn's 'Fall at Your Feet' and Jimmy McCarthy's 'Bright Blue Rose'. And the lovely Irish piper Jerry O'Sullivan played low whistles on 2 of my original songs. It was a wonderful experience recording this project and I am grateful to work with these gifted and wonderful musicians and engineer.