Female producers don’t get the attention they deserve. This is something that singer/songwriter/producer Angela Johnson can attest to. Having composed songs for soul music’s elite including Rahsaan Patterson, Eric Roberson, Maysa, Frank McComb, and more, Johnson has carved out her own lane on the indie soul scene and released a new remix album Revised, Edited & Flipped. SoulTrain.com sat down with the soul diva to discuss her impressive resume of recorded music, as well as her 10 year anniversary in the music business.
Having recently charted on Billboard with Revised, Edited, & Flipped, Johnson feels her new album is a proper culmination of 10 years of hard work and dedication to her craft. “It feels great to open up the magazine and see your name and album right there for everyone to see!” Even more gratifying is the fact that in her entire impressive career, Angela Johnson has been and still is an independent artist. Though it’s nearly a mandate now as a soul artist to be indie, Angela and some of her counterparts were wearing that hat long before it was the popular route for artists. “For artists like me, Eric Roberson, and Julie Dexter, we took that path in order to fully express who we were creatively.”
Angela Johnson wears many hats in a seemingly male-dominated industry. Mostly noted as a producer, she does acknowledge that it is sometimes a fight for respect. “It IS ‘seemingly,’ I can definitely confirm that statement. Many times women are respected for what they do behind the mic more than what they do behind the scenes. It’s a shame because there are so many talented women that bring something different [to the table] creatively to music.”
Speaking on her new album, Johnson notes that the process of creating it was relatively easy. “This was one of the easiest albums to complete. It was just a matter of sending the producers the vocals! [Laughs]” Though she did admit initially it was difficult for her to hear new versions of songs she held so dear to her, she states that she was pleasantly surprised with the outcome and that the songs had been given new life. “It doesn’t really seem like a remix album, but more like a brand new project. The new versions of the songs have taken an identity of their own.”
When asked what advice she could offer to upcoming artists, Johnson implores them to surround themselves with genuine people who KNOW the business. That type of assurance allows the artists to concentrate on their craft. “I’ve been fortunate to have good people who know the business, one of whom being my husband.” As we came to the end of our discussion, Angela also recalled her favorite Soul Train memory. “There are so many! If I had to pick one, I would say it was when I saw Al Green. If I were older, I would have married that man!” Angela Johnson’s new album Revised, Edited, & Flipped is in stores and online now via Purpose Music Group. For more information visit www.angelajohnson.com.