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Alexz Johnson - Voodoo (album)

Alexz Johnson's debut album Voodoo. Digitally released March 10, 2010 and physicaly March 30th.

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Whoever Said I Wouldn't Fight My Way Through?

  • Mar 10, 2010
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+5
Most have never heard of Alexz Johnson even in her home country of Canada. This is an injustice to me due to the quality music she has been putting out for years without recognition or even acknowledgment. Circumstance and bad luck has caused her to be dropped from two major record labels, Capitol and Epic Records. Epic Records currently holds an album of hers under lock and key after dropping her due to the recession. Unfair? Definitely.

Alexz has been working on her music for her whole life. Recordings can be found that she has done as young as 14, almost 10 years ago. She worked as an actor finding many roles where she could sing as well over the years. In this time she has recorded well over 80 songs that can be found, located, and listened to. She got a great role as Jude Harrison, the lead, in a show called Instant Star. During and a bit before this time she was trying to write and put out her own material since the vast majority of the songs for Instant Star are not written by her.

She has been struggling and fighting to have her own music released the way she wanted it for a very, very long time. When Instant Star ended she kept busy taking small acting jobs and recording and decided to release her own material, her way, independently. Nearly 10 years in the making, that day is today.

Voodoo is Alexz's debut material written completely by her and her brother Brendan, who writes with her as well as works as her Producer. A lot of the tracks from her shelved Epic album can be found and side-by-side with Voodoo really do not sound the same. This isn't about her unreleased material, but if you're interested you should check out any and all of it you can find.

Voodoo captures an atmosphere and feeling I haven't heard in an album in a long time. The song order was designed to be listed to from start to finish. It is a very cohesive album and while the songs are really their own entities they're not so different from anything else they completely stick out. Everything works.

She has her own unique sound which makes describing this album much harder to do. The southern influence in both the album's look, feel, and much of its music can be heard. It's not all jazz, or all pop, or all of any one style. Alexz is certainly talented enough to sing in any style which makes the look and feel to be specifically Alexz. As a fan of her through many of her recent struggles and hearing all her material makes this album stand clearly to me as an Alexz Johnson album. It's not a pop album, or a bluesy album, she takes influences from everywhere and crafts a well thought out and executed album.

There are new version of Hurricane Girl, A Little Bit, and L.A. Made Me on Voodoo that are simply amazing. Demos can float around her community for a long time and most fans have heard these songs in demo form when they were originally going to be on her Epic Records album. Thankfully, these somehow escaped being put under lock and key by the label and their new incarnations are inspired. Hurricane Girl was a favorite of mine before being rerecorded for Voodoo and its new version is breathtaking.

Taker, an older song by Alexz's standards(2 years), is simply phenomenal. Her single, Trip Around The World, is just a taste of what she can do. What makes Alexz so great to listen to is that the more music of her own you hear the more you see what a grasp on all aspects of music she has. Her music is often layered with sounds and beats that you may not hear the first time. Her music is very atmospheric. It can take you to a certain place because she seems to know what sounds will make your mind think of the setting she's trying to create with her voice and the backing music. Her voice alone is incredible. She knows how to use it extremely well. Alexz doesn't want to and doesn't just sing what other people write for her either, one reason why Voodoo took so long to become a reality.

She's a complete artist. Writing, singing, and being involved in the creative processes that go into making music. In Trip Around The World Alexz asks: "Why do people care what I think anyway?"

The reason I do, and why I think she has a dedicated group of hardcore fans, is because while she has the voice of an angel I think she has something to say. Her writing can seem obvious at times, but looking deeper reveals more meanings and truths. She is an accomplished actor as well, which means she understand human nature in two very different ways; as an actor and as a musician Which makes for some great insights that often take time to sink in and aren't obvious at the first listen. She's a dynamic artist and I'm lucky I discovered her some time back.

Now it's time for the world to know what she can do.

You can download her single free at her official site as well as buy Voodoo digitally right now.
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Alexz Johnson is a Canadian teen pop singer and actress who rose to international fame on the music-themed teen drama series Instant Star and its series of soundtrack albums. Born Alexzandra Johnson on November 4, 1986, in New Westminster, British Columbia, she began studying music at a young age and ultimately got into acting as well. Her big break into show business came in 2000 when she was cast as Annie Thelan, the lead role in the Disney television series So Weird during its third season. A few years later in 2004 she was cast as Jude Harrison, the lead role in Instant Star, a CTV teen drama about an adolescent music star on the rise who must deal with overnight fame as well as personal drama. The show was nominated for numerous Gemini Awards and broadcast in over 100 different countries. On each episode of Instant Star, Johnson's character performs a song, some of which she herself had a hand in writing. These songs were compiled on a series of soundtrack albums released by the Universal-distributed Orange Record Label: Songs from Instant Star (2005), Songs from Instant Star, Vol. 2 (2006), Songs from Instant Star, Vol. 3 (2007), and Songs from Instant Star, Vol. 4 (2008). Around the time the show was coming to an end, Johnson won a solo recording contract with Epic Records and began working on a full-length album debut scheduled for release in 2009. Meanwhile, she also began expanding her acting career to include films such as Final Destination 3 (2006) and ...
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Performer: Alexz Johnson
Release Date: Digital: March 9, 2010 Physical: March 30, 2010
Artist: Alexz Johnson

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