Grammy Nominated singer, songwriter, actress and soon-to-be published author Syleena Johnson joins the Primary Wave talent management roster as she wraps her multi-city tour in support of her current chart-topping album, “Chapter 6: Couple’s Therapy” on Blackbyrd and eOne Music. All but one of the songs on the album was produced by either Pierre Medor (Mary J. Blige, Monica) or the team of Chris “Kajun” Johnson and Andre Henry (Avant, Isley Brothers, Avery Sunshine). These Songwriters and producers provide sufficient support for Johnson, who had a hand in the creation of each song. “Chapter 6: Couple’s Therapy” is Syleena’s 8th studio album and with it’s peak position at #15 on the Billboard R&B charts, it is a solid addition to her steady R&B discography that spans over a decade of hits. Johnson’s new book, “The Weight Is Over” chronicles her journey to loving her body from the outside in and it is scheduled for release in 2016.
“I am super excited to work with Primary wave on all levels. My sister and I are very fortunate and happy to be able to turn over the Syleena Johnson Brand to them and watch it flourish even further,” says Johnson.
By signing with Primary Wave, Syleena Johnson will join the talent management roster, which currently includes CeeLo Green, Melissa Etheridge, Eric Benét, Cypress Hill, Kenny Lattimore, Goodie Mob, Natalie Imbruglia, Isac Elliot, Calvin Richardson, among many others. Music Manager, LaKeisha Orange of Primary Wave, signed the Grammy Award-nominated artist and will be responsible for the day-to-day management of Johnson.
“I am beyond excited to be bringing such a multi-talented artist into the primary wave family. Syleena Johnson has always been a powerful voice that stood out in the soul/R&B space and I’m proud to have her on board,” adds LaKeisha Orange
Johnson launched her solo career with the release of, “Chapter 1: Love, Pain & Forgiveness”, in 2001 on Jive records. The album received much praise and went all the way to the No. 1 position on Billboard’s Heatseekers chart on the week of its release. “Chapter 2: The Voice,” was released November 2002 and included her first top 40 hit in the UK, “Tonight I’m Gonna Let Go” featuring Busta Rhymes and the Flipmode squad. In 2004 Johnson collaborated with Kanye West on “It All Falls Down.” The record was a top 10 hit worldwide and earned her a performance slot at the MTV VMA’s and 4 VMA Nominations that year. 2005 saw the return of Syleena Johnson with her album “Chapter 3: The Flesh.” The album featured production and appearances from some of the most respected talents in the industry, including hit-makers such as R. Kelly, KayGee, & Terence “Tramp Baby” Abney & the Platinum Brothers as well as Kanye West who produced the heavenly “Suddenly (Bulls-eye)”, which featured fellow Chicagoan Common. Further artists to make appearances on the album included Jermaine Dupri, Twista and Anthony Hamilton. “Chapter 4: Labor Pains” was released physically in 2008 and is Syleena’s first release on her own record label ‘Aneelys Records’. The two singles to be released from the album were “It Is True”, produced by fellow Chicagoan ‘Toxic’, and “Shoo Fly,” both records were extremely well received by fans and critics alike. In 2011, Johnson released, “Chapter 5: Underrated” which features Toxic (Keyshia Cole, Monica, Twista) and a number of other high-profile producers and artists.
Syleena Johnson is also a popular television personality. She’s one of the original cast members on the TV One hit reality series R&B Divas: Atlanta and recently wrapped up season 3 with co-stars Keke Wyatt, Angie Stone, Monifah Carter, LaTavia Roberson and former 702 lead singer Kameelah Williams. In addition, Syleena and her husband, Kiwane Garris (former professional basketball player), appeared on the new season of WE TV’s, Marriage Boot Camp Reality Stars earlier this year. BET aired the Made for TV movie fashioned after Syleena’s current album, “Chapter 6: Couples Therapy.” The film was directed by Tangie Black Moore and produced by Syleena Johnson and Dr. Syleecia Thompson. The film also stars Syleena Johnson alongside the other collaborators on her album. Syleena’s passion for health, fitness, and nutrition has also led her to develop a fitness DVD called Mommy’s Got Soul, which will be released in the coming year. Being a proud member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, INC Syleena plans to work on many charitable projects in 2016.
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