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Most Recent Castaway - 17th June, 2016
Ellen Johnson (2016)

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Ellen Johnson has been fully immersed in music for over four decades, and from every imaginable direction: as vocalist, songwriter, lyricist, producer, educator, actor, poet, and entrepreneur.

Growing up in Chicago, she listened to her mother, singing and playing piano, and thereby laying the foundation for Ellen's passion for music.

Ellen was an actress first, but on receiving good advice to take singing lessons, she found that she possessed a pure and flexible instrument that fits into a variety of styles: folk, pop, blues, jazz, classical music and musical theatre.

Ellen found the music of Joni Mitchell, Betty Carter, Flora Purim, Bonnie Raitt, Ella Fitzgerald, and Sheila Jordan. She is the author of award-winning biography "Jazz Child: A Portrait of Sheila Jordan".

Via her company Sound Visions Media and its many projects, Ellen has sought to increase visibility for artists, authors, businesses and non-profits. Check out "Fiona Flangan's Fable", a music video with aerial drone video.
Pick Artist Album Song Label
# 1 Claude Debussy Romantic Piano Classics
Peter Schmalfloss
Claire de Lune Mediaphon
# 2 Joni Mitchell Mingus Goodbye, Pork Pie Hat Asylum
# 3 Flora Purim Encounter Windows OJC
# 4 Sheila Jordan The Crossing The Crossing Blackhawk
# 5 Bobby McFerrin and Yo Yo Ma Hush Grace Sony Masterworks
# 6 Antonio Carlos Jobim and Elis Regina Elis and Tom Aguas de Março Verve
# 7 Maria Schneider Sky Blue The Pretty Road ArtistShare
# 8 Weather Report Heavy Weather Birdland Columbia
         
Book Walt Whitman, "Leaves of Grass"
         
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