Noise to Keep EP
Missy Johnson's dynamic vocal style assures her a unique position within the rock spectrum. Her music refuses to be categorized. With influences widely ranging from Led Zeppelin to Rage Against the Machine, and Tool to Mariah Carey, many have tried to place the sound. She has succeeded in her mission to both baffle and intrigue the listener. It carves the niche for a strong, female vocalist such as her. Missy's music brings mainstream rock back to it's roots. In the tradition of rock greats, Aerosmith, Missy comes to us from New Hampshire by way of Boston. Since graduating from the Berklee College of Music, she has been hard at work, writing material for others, as well as herself. When she isn't writing or teaching, she serves as a sideman for Boston-based, Sun5, even helping them win a coveted slot at the Avalon as a part of the Emergenza Battle of the Bands USA finals. After refining her talent in several of her own groups, such as Specimen 37 and The Late November Project, she has taken her songwriting skills and poured them into her first solo project. Her EP, 'Noise To Keep', began to take shape in the fall of 2003. The songs developed themselves over many performances and showcases, including the NY International Music Festival, and appearances at Boston's Middle East. Missy hand picked a group of superior local studio musicians to record the instrumental tracks. Los Angeles provided the inspiration for the final production. After many sessions with up-and-coming songwriter, Oren Hadar, she decided to finish recording with producer, mentor, and friend, Terry Becker (Kansas, Bonnie Raitt). Vocals were laid down at LA's Ultratone Studios. The album was engineered by Becker and studio owner, Johnny Lee Schell. Missy's stage show is unmatched in intensity. Made for live performance, her music moves the audience from beginning to end with the raw strength of the ballads, the funky groove of the bass lines, and the soulful guitar solos. One listen to Missy's powerful style proves her goal of world domination is not unattainable. Her sound is a reality.