It took about 10 seconds to realize that Australian singer/songwriter Chanel Johansson was something special. Her haunting, youthful vocals are tinged with a gentle hushed quality that is expressive and emotive. The dream pop artist, who is originally from Gold Coast, Australia, has made her way to Los Angeles and is making a name for herself having worked with some big names including R. City, Teddy Gentry of Alabama and more.
With her upcoming collections of songs, which Chanel Johansson will be releasing as individual singles, she is reaching into the true depths of her emotions. The music is ethereal and is filled with down tempo themes that serve to enhance her sweet, tender vocals. The first of these release is the wonderfully dark, brooding track, “The Day I Never Die”. In an updated modernist’s vision, this track has the essence of Chris Isaak singing “Wicked Game”, which makes the song is the same timeless realm.
“The Day I Never Die” is heartbreakingly poetic and executed with precision. The minimalist ambiance is just enough to set the mood of depression and sadness while hanging on to the last vestiges of lost love. When Jessi Colter, widow of the late Waylon Jennings, states Chanel Johansson‘s version of “The Wurlitzer Prize (I Don’t Want To Get Over You)” was the best version she had heard (and I completely agree), you probably want to listen up. (Also if you are curious, hop over to Spotify to listen to the track.) This is just the beginning for the up and coming singer/songwriter.
Her ability to transcend genres with no issues is impressive and “The Day I Never Day” is one of the first indications of her future stardom.
Check out “The Day I Never Die” by Chanel Johansson on SoundCloud below and keep up with the budding star via her Spotify page!
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