Award-winning jazz vocalist, Molly Johnson, plays the Orillia Opera House Aug. 25, one of only a few stand-alone, non-festival dates on her schedule this summer.

The concert is in honour of the spring release of a new album called Meaning To Tell Ya. Produced by Larry Klein, a multiple Grammy award winner, the album features a mix of funk, soul, and groove played by some of Canada’s best musicians.

It’s much more than a jazz album, just as Johnson is much more than a singer. She is a mother, songwriter, artist and philanthropist who has become a Canadian icon on the worldwide jazz scene.

She established the Kumbaya Foundation and Festival in 1992 to raise awareness and funds for people living with HIV/AIDS and she continues to work with several other charitable organizations each year. Johnson has been awarded the Queen’s Jubilee medal and, in 2008, was honoured with becoming an Officer of The Order Of Canada.

She has performed throughout Canada, the United States and France and alongside renowned artists, as well as for some of the world’s most prominent citizens.

From her debut jazz album in 2000, it was a bumpy road with record companies until she landed with Universal, in 2006, for Messin’ Around. Since then, she has released two more albums, won a Juno award for best vocal jazz album for Lucky and received the 2009 National Jazz Award for best female vocalist.

Visit orilliaoperahouse.ca for tickets, and more information.

Photo: Molly Johnson performs at the Orillia Opera House Aug. 25. Chris Nicholls photo

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