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Molly Johnson

NAC Studio

Molly Johnson has earned her reputation as one of Canada's greatest voices... She has rocked standing-room only audiences in nightclubs and bars from coast-to-coast as a pop artist, and seduced the patrons of salons and lounges with her luscious interpretations of jazz and blues standards.

She has regaled royalty during a private command performance aboard the Royal Yacht Britannia before the Prince and late Princess of Wales, as well as having performed for Nelson Mandela and Quincy Jones. She made history at the Toronto Downtown Jazz Festival, becoming the first Canadian female vocalist in the festival's 17-year-history to sell out a show on the mainstage.

Beginning her education at the National Ballet School of Canada, Molly got her start in the entertainment business as a child actor in the Ed Mirvish Production of Porgy And Bess. In the 80s she went on to become lead vocalist of two rock bands Infidels and Alta Moda. During the 90s she founded the Kumbaya Foundation and Festival; raising awareness and funds for people living with HIV/AIDS, and she continues to work with countless other charitable organizations every year. In 2008 she was honoured with becoming an Officer of The Order Of Canada.

In the fall of 2008, after creating a critically acclaimed body of original music, Molly released her fourth full length album; a long awaited record of standards entitled LUCKY via Universal Music Canada & Universal Music France. LUCKY won the 2009 JUNO for Best Vocal Jazz Album. Molly also received the 2009 National Jazz Award for Best Female Vocalist.


Molly is the host of CBC Radio 2's weekend morning program.