Grammy Nominated R&B singer Syleena Johnson is set to release her most anticipated album to date, Chapter 6: Couples Therapy. You can also catch her on the Hit Reality Series: R&B Divas
Imagine this: you’re a Grammy-nominated singer, considered one of the best vocalists of your generation, who has scored major R&B hits and been invited to collaborate with the likes of Kanye West and R. Kelly, yet some folks consider you “underrated.” This has been the plight of Syleena Johnson, acclaimed as one of the finest R&B voices to have emerged during the past decade. Having fought the major label system to allow her true identity to shine forth, Syleena now steps forward with her most personal statement to date. Her boundary-stretching fifth album, entitled, appropriately enough, Chapter V: Underrated, was released on September 27, 2011 on Shanachie Entertainment.
Indeed, the album opens with the defiant title track that segues immediately into “A Boss,” the assertive and dance-friendly anthem for confident, capable women who want a mate who is a true equal; the video clip for this track features NFL star Chad Ochocinco. But the range of the album quickly becomes apparent with “Angry Girl,” a lyrically-provocative acoustic guitar driven duet with likewise underrated singer Tweet.
Elsewhere on Underrated Syleena deals with inspirational themes on “Stone Wall,” female sexual prowess on “A Champ” and “Bad Person,” and the ins-and-outs of relationships on “Like Thorns.” Tracks such as “Little Things” and “My Shoes” deliver the powerful “old school” soul balladry that won her early fans, as only can come from a classically-trained singer who happens also to be well-schooled in the deep traditions of soul music and blues, thanks to her father, the legendary Syl Johnson, who as a label-mate of Al Green, scored the definitive original recording of “Take Me To The River.” Syleena Johnson grew up outside Chicago in Illinois. Though she got involved with music during her high school years, initially she was discouraged from getting into the music business by her father, who had many disappointing experiences in the industry. Meanwhile her mother become the nation’s first black female police commissioner.
After her live acoustic album release performance of Chapter V: Underrated last year, Syleena was moved by her own music and decided to release the live performance as a mini-album titled Acoustic Soul Sessions, released September 25th, 2012. The mini-album includes five songs from Chapter V: Underrated, a remake of The Rolling Stones’ “Wild Horses” and “I Cut My Hair; an introduction to Chapter 6: Couples Therapy which will be released on October 27th, 2014. The Powerful New Recording on the way will take us back to Syleena’s traditional R&B style. The first single, “Perfectly Worthless”, from the hit new album is now available. Syleena also adds television to her roster as a costar in the TV One hit reality series R&B Divas airing Wednesday nights at 10/9c. Syleena has been a part of the original cast and now has three seasons under her belt. Her other cast members for R&B Divas: Season 3 include former Destiny’s Child member LaTavia Roberson and former 702 lead singer Kameelah Williams with the rest of the original cast Keke Wyatt, Angie Stone and Monifah Carter. Syleena’s passion for health, fitness, and nutrition has led her to develop a fitness DVD called Mommy’s Got Soul. Syleena is set to close out 2014 proving that she will be on top in the upcoming year and remain on top thereafter.