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BIOGRAPHY Grammy Nominated R&B singer Syleena Johnson Reemerges with Powerful New Recording Chapter V: Underrated 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, due out September 27, 2011 on Shanachie Entertainment. Easily her best all-around album since her second best-selling album, Underrated shows the full range of Syleena’s talent as it moves from the powerful soul-balladry of songs like “Little Things” to full-on club bangers like the first single, “A Boss.” The result is a rarity in the R&B world these days - a true album that flows through a diverse and satisfying complete listening experience. Every song but one was written or co-written by Syleena. 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. “The message in “Angry Girl” is the woman’s voice trying to plead with other women who take their issues out on men,” Syleena explains. “Its goal is to explain that she is ruining men for the good women. It highlights the faults of women in relationships; we point out womanizers but there are women who break hearts as well. I picked Tweet because her voice is perfect for this type of song; she is soulful and her voice compliments acoustic guitar extremely well. I also feel she is a positive role model for women.” 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.” “Being a trained vocalist is very important to my career,” Syleena notes. “It helps me understand the preservation of my voice and how important it is to warm up and rest. It also complements my writing and melodies. I think the state of R&B could be better and I hope to re-ignite true soul singing and music merged with a new [more]

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