Marcus Johnson

Renowned jazz keyboardist, composer and producer Marcus Johnson continues to stand strong with his latest CD titled Poetically Justified, released June 2, 2009 with a debut at #10 on the Billboard Contemporary Jazz Charts. Poetically Justified marks Johnson's eleventh solo jazz record and is Johnson's most unique and multifaceted album to date. His experience and passion provide the perfect platform for this newest musical masterpiece, best described as a combination of smooth urban jazz with a slice of funk. Poetically Justified is introduced with musical force in the funky opener "Chillaxin" which emphatically sets the tone for this CD and follows with two in-the- pocket jamming upbeat tracks -- "Capice" lead by the signature voice of hit R&B vocalist Miles Jaye, and "I See You" featuring Grammy winner jazz saxophonist Najee. ...show more

Renowned jazz keyboardist, composer and producer Marcus Johnson continues to stand strong with his latest CD titled Poetically Justified, released June 2, 2009 with a debut at #10 on the Billboard Contemporary Jazz Charts. Poetically Justified marks Johnson's eleventh solo jazz record and is Johnson's most unique and multifaceted album to date. His experience and passion provide the perfect platform for this newest musical masterpiece, best described as a combination of smooth urban jazz with a slice of funk. Poetically Justified is introduced with musical force in the funky opener "Chillaxin" which emphatically sets the tone for this CD and follows with two in-the- pocket jamming upbeat tracks -- "Capice" lead by the signature voice of hit R&B vocalist Miles Jaye, and "I See You" featuring Grammy winner jazz saxophonist Najee.

"Master of My Heart" is lead by the sultry vocal stylings of Incognito's Maysa, and is a beautiful romantic ballad produced by Johnson and Raheem Davaughn producer, Robbie McDonald. This song is currently in heavy rotation on adult contemporary radio WHUR in Washington, DC. These four songs set us up for an explosive journey that continues with some great original tracks - Danni's Song; the bouncy staccato horn driven Ellicott City; the beautifully produced and performed "Cherish the Journey" and Maysa's upeat performance on "Hold On". Johnson's admirers will adore the snazzy cover of John Legend's smash hit "Used to Love You" and his funky cover of Michael Jackson's hit "This Place Hotel", the lead single for smooth jazz radio and Floetry's "Say Yes".

Miles Jaye returns to the listener in the album's closing number, with the top Billboard single, "Heaven" from Jaye's acclaimed record, Irresistible. Prior to the release of Poetically Justified Johnson's most recent project was the groundbreaking Billboard Top 15 Contemporary Jazz FLO series. The series consisted of three distinct albums released simultaneously in September 2008, - FLO: Chill (#7), FLO: Romance, (#7) and FLO: Standards (#2). Johnson's previous 2007 solo release, The Phoenix, was widely lauded by jazz critics and aficionados alike. ...show less