Kim June Johnson
Genre: Contemporary Folk, Poet, Songwriter
KIM JUNE JOHNSON is a Canadian singer-songwriter and poet. Her second full-length album, Canvas & Clay, was released in May 2014.
Critics have long praised her moving, angelic vocals and her craftsmanship as a songwriter. Written with a maturity and wisdom that calls to mind the classic works of Vashti Bunyan, Carol King and KD Lang, her songs are universal and timeless and sung with an intimacy and openness that are unmistakably her own.
Her first EP, Little Grey House (2006), won her Best New Artist at the Okanagan Music Awards. Two of the songs on the album took first place at the Shuswap Writer’s Convention for songwriting. Her second full-length album, Paper Sun (2011) was produced by Colin Linden (of Blackie & the Rodeo Kings). Her song Parachute won 2nd place in the Songbird West Songwriting Competition. Kim has been recognized by the USA Songwriting Competition and the International Songwriting Competition for several of her compositions, including Calgary and Parachute from her album Paper Sun.
Canvas & Clay, her highly anticipated third release, was produced by Marc Atkinson (The Bills). It is Kim’s most pop-oriented record to date and features guest appearances by Daniel Lapp on trumpet and fiddle and Scott White on upright bass.
Kim currently makes her home on Hornby Island off the West Coast of British Columbia.
“Her songs are luminous… lyrics rooted in poetry, melodies that seem to arise from a long-lost place yet are so beautifully grounded in structure and form. Canvas & Clay is the work of an exquisite artist.” – Catterwaul Magazine