After having played over 300 shows worldwide and after the release of her debut LP Distance (2018), followed by the EP One Moon (2019) – Johanna Amelie wrote her new album during Covid-19 Lockdown in March 2020. ‘BEGINNINGS’ (brillJant alternatives / The Orchard) came out in September the same year and it was well-received by radio and press.
Johanna Amelie says: “All songs circle around the magic of beginnings that follows a phase in life that’s been full of endings”. Her songs sound spherical, playful, and uplifting: listeners get to hear synthesizers, electric guitars, pianos, violins an omnichord and lots of guest musicians.
Johanna Amelie develops her musicianship with every new release. Her music caught the attention of The Strokes producer Gordon Raphael and UK based label manager and producer Andy Chatterley – who both became her collaborators. Robert Elms (Radio BBC London) played Johanna Amelie’s music on his show on a regular base and Lauren Laverne (Radio 6) described Johanna Amelie’s music as “really beautiful” and noted J.A. as “someone to look out for in the coming months”.
Johanna Amelie is a solo artist and she plays in various bands of fellow musicians. “I am part of a scene,” she says. Amelie organizes the monthly V-Breakfast – a meeting that enables the exchange of female artists in the Berlin music scene.
“A poetic feeling is woven into these songs.”
– Rolling Stone Magazine, DE
“Johanna Amelie is a master at creating special atmospheres and moods.”
– Flux FM, DE
“Fitting seamlessly between Julia Holter, Regina Spektor and Sharon Van Etten, the much-underrated singer-songwriter from Berlin looks destined for bigger things with her new release.”
– Fame Magazine, UK