Mona Johansson – Ain’t No Love In the Heart of the City
Mona Johansson is a soul and blues singer at heart. The lyrics are as important to her as the music. With a mix of old blues songs, soul classics, and her own songs, she sings with a voice reminiscent of 1930’s blues divas. She plays the guitar with an intense groove and her performances are expressive.
Mona Johansson comes from a musical family and was exposed to traditional music from an early age. As a child, she took trumpet lessons before concentrating on her voice and guitar. Absorbing all kinds of music she soon gravitated towards American roots music.
Rhythm and dynamics are important ingredients in her musical expression as well as the naked ballads where Mona’s song is in the center. Her shows include a mix of traditional blues ballads, soul classics, and original songs.
Since 2014 Mona has been working with the talented guitarist and singer Christer Lyssarides and together they have found their own way of expressing American roots which can be listened to in the album from 2017, Walk.
Mona is an established artist appearing at blues clubs and festivals. She’s located in Stockholm, Sweden, where she also picks her favorite musicians. Occasionally Mona also leads blues jam at one of the blues scenes in Stockholm.
Walk (2017) – Album
Chased by Shadows (2015) – Single
Bitter & Sweet (2012) – Album
Awesome blues singer Mona Johansson presents the album Walk with a collection of songs taken from the American blues and soul treasure. In the collaboration between Mona’s expressive voice and Christer Lyssarides’ sensitive guitar playing, they create their own way of interpreting roots and blues where the music sweeps the voice into a Nordic light, like a fog over damp fields.
Contributing to the sound is Mona Johansson (vocals and acoustic guitar), Christer Lyssarides (guitar and pedal steel), Björn Gideonsson (drums), Ralph Youngblood (electric bass), and Allen Finney (harmonica, background vocals). Allen Finney is also a songwriter to one of the tracks, “Take a little walk”. Mona has produced the album together with the guitarist Christer Lyssarides.