credit: Allyce Andrew
Johanna Warren (Portland, OR) crafts powerful songs in unusual time signatures and melancholic open tunings, weaving adept finger-picking with lilting, acrobatic vocal lines and potent poetry. An intuitively self-taught guitarist and classically trained flute player, Warren's writing plumbs the depths of the human experience, alchemizing life's darkest moments into refined offerings of beauty. Although Warren has lent her voice to artists such as Iron & Wine, Natalie Merchant, and Jesca Hoop, she is a songwriter first and foremost, paying homage through the dedicated cultivation of her craft to her personal saviors Joni Mitchell, Elliott Smith, and Nick Drake. In 2015, Rolling Stone Magazine named Johanna "One of Four Singer-Songwriters You Need to Know." In 2016, she founded Spirit House Records, a label dedicated to the collective empowerment of queer, female and nonbinary artists. She released her third LP, "Gemini I" on Spirit House last September; its twin, "Gemini II," is due out this summer.