Sat, June 28th

Soul Factory

TICKETS

Doors 7PM
Show 8PM
Advance Price $15
Door Price $20
Table Reservation (212) 777-1157

Advanced online ticket sales stop at 5pm on day of show
If available, more tickets are available at door


Angela Johnson 

 
Long before she became an independent dance and soul music icon or a champion for positive Black women, Angela Johnson was the working class girl next door. Born a musical child prodigy in Utica, NY, Johnson was playing piano by age four and violin by nine. The eldest of four, Johnson was supported throughout her formative years by a loving family in her most evident passion. Johnson’s Baptist church family added another layer of encouragement, giving her those crucial first opportunities to rock an audience as a choir director, organist and eventual star performer. At her spiritual and musical training ground, Johnson refined her ear and skills as a musician and songwriter. Multi-hyphenated personal icons like Patrice Rushen and Angela Winbush set a path for Johnson in sound and illuminated the possible for the ambitious young performer.
 
 Following her destiny, Johnson enrolled in the State University of New York at Purchase (SUNY) to further study violin. At SUNY, she met her future Cooly’s Hot Box bandmates and songwriting partner, Christian Urich. Together the eclectic soul and acid jazz band landed a deal with Polygram Records that ended almost before it begun. A trifecta of international dance hits (“We Don’t Have To Be Alone,” “What A Surprise,” and “Make Me Happy”) followed. In 2002, the group inked a new deal with Virgin Records, and released their critically acclaimed debut album, Take It. While honing her production and songwriting chops on the Cooly’s debut album, Johnson decided to express the woman she was becoming on her own and simultaneously recorded her solo debut, They Don’t Know (Purpose). Immediately distinguishing her sound from Cooly’s, Johnson’s solo debut, and its radio hit “Ordinary Things” loudly announced that Angela Johnson was here to stay.
The industry listened. Songs from They Don’t Know and its intimate follow-up, Got To Let It Go (Purpose), were licensed by HBO’sThe Wire, UPN’s Kevin Hill, FX’s The Shield, and the WB’s Roswell. As a featured spokesperson, Johnson was also appearing in Japanese car commercials for Nissan. In 2004, Johnson briefly reunited with Cooly’s to record their sophomore album, Don’t Be Afraid-Get On (Purpose), which led to a featured spot in a 2005 national TV ad campaign for AT&T. As a front woman for Cooly’s, Johnson had toured the world, now it was time to conquer it as an artistic force in her own right.

On stages from Kyoto to Briton, Johnson’s commercial success and Madison Avenue appeal helped to cultivate the alluring image of an independent Superwoman who was handling life with sass and aplomb, but Johnson was more. The secret weapon that has allowed Johnson to keep so many balls afloat for so long is her nearly 20-year marriage to her manager and Purpose Music co-founder, Russell Johnson. The duo defies every stereotype about the longevity of Black marriages and the follies of mixing marriage and business. Angela’s comic sensibilities and creative chaos are complemented by Russell’s straight man stability and orderly business savvy. The Johnson’s yin and yang work because there are no leaders, only partners. Together raising and touring with their daughter, the Johnson’s take co-parenting as seriously on the road as they do in their Newark, New Jersey home. All of these intimate experiences both ground and bring new dimensions to her work.
 
Angela Johnson's upcoming album "NATURALLY ME"  other than a tribute to  the late great Teena Marie , includes compositions that were entirely written, arranged and produced by Angela. "Naturally Me" includes a duet with one of the most compelling singer/songwriter/musicians of our generation Raul Midon , and features a riveting live band , and live string and horn sections."NATURALLY ME" will be available instores and online AUG 5


Heston

Heston’s music is beautiful, lyrically refreshing, vocally and melodically unique, timeless, rich and soulful.
He has been compared to legendary artists such as Marvin Gaye and Leon Ware for his honesty and musicality.  
Heston possesses one of those rare, “instant classic” voices laced with confident sensuality - nostalgic, yet very much his own style. 
This Dominican born, Atlanta based, 'Love Junkie' is a hot-blooded man, unabashedly romantic, allowing listeners to enter his most intimate spaces and thoughts.  With his polished voice, passion for delivering stellar music, and loyal and growing fan base, Heston is poised to make a legendary impact on the music world.
Heston is a perfectionist and he defines his journey as a full-time musician, composer, songwriter and producer. The precision of his musicality both on his albums and love is unparalleled in this day and time. 
Heston lives and loves great music.  His music is accompanied by a full band with foundational rhythms that stem back to his island roots, comprised of percussions, horns, acoustic and electric guitars, leaving audiences captivated.
This Soulful Gentleman mesmerizes his audiences all over the World, including Paris and London and is soon to steal his Australian Fan's hearts, as he heads to Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and Perth for The Love Junkie Tour Australia, in October 2013.Heston 
“Creating timeless music has always been my ultimate goal,” says Heston with a poised, yet humble demeanor. “I want to leave the world with music that can be played for a lifetime."
His name is Heston and he is an addict, his drug of choice is love.  His soon to be released album ‘Love Junkie’ is, of course, all about his and your addiction to love.
Love Junkie is Heston's fourth and hottest album to date, he believes, is his best yet. This well written and produced album has something for everyone.  Production by Dj Kemit, with dance and steppers grooves like, To the Sky and Resign to You.  Production by talented and highly sought after producer, Darren Daz I-Que Benjamin, with  love ballads, such as the title track, Love Junkie, and second single, Dreaming which Heston's Fans have come to know and love.  Influences of roots reggae are peppered throughout the Album - most evident in cuts like, Come Away With Me and Our Father -  produced collectively by The Swatt Band and gifted producer and Bassist, Ryan Wilson - pulling songs out of Heston, that have bubbled inside this talented singer songwriter from his early days growing up in Dominica, and being influenced by the best that reggae had to offer.
Heston is scheduled to launch his "Love Junkie Listening Party Tour" across the United States and abroad from 4 July to end of November, touching countries all across the world.