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Sheena Johnson / Bio

Sheena sang with the National Youth Jazz Orchestra from 1994 -1997 & is featured on 4 NYJO albums. Left in 1997, became a backing vocalist for Van Morrison and singer Gabrielle for a short while. Formed her own jazz group at end of 1997.
She was featured in the Daily Express having won the prestigious "Tomorrow's People Award". At Ronnie Scott's she has supported Guy Barker, Bill Bruford's Earthworks, Pat Martino, Jose Neto, Mike Stern and NYJO & Lisa Stansfield. She has appeared at a host of UK jazz clubs and festivals.
Sheena's albums 'SMILE'(2001) 'YOUNG AT HEART' and 'MATCHMAKER' are all on 'JAZZIZIT' Records, a label that hosts a number of Britain's best known jazz artists. As well as becoming Jazzizit's biggest selling albums at the time, she received rave reviews & radio support both regionally and nationally including Jazz FM Helen Mayhew, Sarah Ward, Paul Jones), Radio 2 (Michael Parkinson & Humphrey Lyttleton, Russel Davies).

In 2003 Sheena's group won the 'Best Jazz Performance' for the 'Leicester Mercury Week Awards'.
Sheena is included in the new edition of 'The Who's Who of British Jazz', 'Encyclopedia of Popular Music' & 'The Penguin Guide to Jazz'.

Sheena decided to go into semi retirement to start a family in 2006. She still managed to walk away with another award that year, for best concert at the Malborough Jazz Festival 2006 where she was sharing the stage with Humphrey Lyttleton and the concert was broadcast on BBC Radio 3.
Sheena now works full time running children's singing, recorder, hand bell,Ukulele singing and drama clubs in and out of schools. She still does the odd session and can also been seen fairly regularly gigging on accordion and keyboards with various bands, she has also been one of the few session whistlers in the country! She can be heard whistling for various adverts and children's programmes.

General Info

Band Members
Sheena and Jan (two members of The Circlelines) - Accordion
Artist Name
Sheena Johnson
Home Page
Folk / acoustic / Jazz

Contact Info

Hemel Hempstead, ENG, UK
Self managed