Helena Johnson belts out R&B and soul music that makes your mind wander to dark, smoke-filled lounges brimming with the deepest secrets of its whispering regulars. Her voice, spellbinding and timeless, sounds as if it were blessed by Etta James and born center stage.
Originally from North Yorkshire and currently based in Liverpool, Helena Johnson truly lives and breathes her crafts as a student of Paul McCartney’s Liverpool Institute for the Performing Arts. Backed by an astounding 10-piece band, she creates and performs unique, beautifully-styled songs that are widely relateable while paying tribute to the origins of the genre she has successfully carved out a place for herself in.
Back in March, Helena Johnson released the single “Take Me Home Tonight.” It is a song that catches you by surprise; starting off subtly sweet and building into a desperately pleading statement in the midst of a brilliantly paced orchestra. “Take Me Home Tonight” is as smooth as top shelf scotch that by the end leaves you wallowing in an empty glass.
Before “Take Me Home Tonight,” Helena Johnson released a few stray songs, strong but don’t feel quite finished. “I Fell in Love” is a biting ballad with such interesting vocal dynamics you won’t be able to help but listen to it again and again.
Additionally, she has a 3-song acoustic EP that I would love to hear with a full band. The song “Don’t Forget Me” has all the components of being a truly heartbreaking song in all the right ways, but the mix of the version uploaded to SoundCloud felt like the vocals and piano were fighting each other to be heard.
“Take Me Home Tonight” is by far the strongest of the handful songs Helena Johnson has released so far. This track, even just by itself, is more than enough to make us wonder what a full album would sound like, and eagerly anticipate its release.
12 thoughts on “Monday Morning Tunes: Helena Johnson”
I had never heard of her before this, but I just had a listen to one of her songs and I really like it. Thanks for the intro!
I have never heard of her before, but I am glad that I stumbled across your post! I am loving her sound. I am defiantly going to look into finding more of her music.
She is a beautiful singer. Thank you so much for sharing. I haven’t heard her music until today.
Beautiful voice. Amazing. Never heard of her before.
I’m hearing her voice for the very first time. She sounds great! 🙂
This is the first time I heard about her. She’s got a lovely voice.
What an amazing voice! She truly brings you into her music. Love it!
I really love her music. She has such a powerful voice and full of energy
I had never heard of her before, but it sounds like some great music!
I like songs that incorporate the orchestra into them. I’m curious to hear the song you were talking about now. I’ve gotta give it a listen. 🙂
I caught myself listening to all three songs. She has such an amazing voice. Thank you for sharing
I don’t think I have ever heard her sing before but her voice is smoothing, These are totally awesome songs indeed. Thanks for sharing.