Chicago native R&B artist Johari Noelle is back with her new single ‘Get Free’, taken from her upcoming EP. Working with renowned producers David Phelps (Brent Faiyaz, Baby Rose, Snoh Allegra) and Biako (Fousheé, Frank Ocean, Massage, Levin Kali, Mareba) Johari has sculpted her sound to perfection, bringing together elements of Soul and Jazz in an elegant R&B package.
‘Get Free’ opens with a processed guitar under Johari’s delicately placed vocal harmonies and deeper than deep sub bass that floats towards the bopping chorus at the 50 second mark. Johari’s silky vocals flow effortlessly over the chorus’s bouncing bass lines, shuffling drums and subtle keys creating a chilled, funk laced soundscape.
The daughter of a DJ, Johari cut her teeth performing in choirs and musical theatre during her formative years before launching her music in 2019. Having had acting credits on the likes of hit FOX television series Empire, Proven Innocent and the React 2 campaign from NIKE, Johari’s music has since gained placements featured in the likes of Billboard, Refinery29, Lyrical Lemonade, Bandcamp. As well as opening for Robin Thicke and picking up Sponsorship from Shure, Johari has played a number of high profile live performances on the likes of Fox Morning News and Sofar Sounds alongside high level playlist placements across Tidal, Apple Music and Spotify which has seen here previous releases pick up hundreds of thousands of streams.
Using her music to spread a message, Johari often writes about insecurity and resilience at a time when popular culture and social media have encouraged people to perform perfection.
Speaking on her music Johari said:
“I wrote ‘Get Free’ to bring ease and joy to myself and others. You can’t love anyone without limits until you first love yourself without them and that’s the message
My music is about getting out how I feel and being very present in that moment. It’s important for me to embrace myself in a way that empowers me to feel each emotion and remain in touch with myself. I want people to know that they aren’t alone in what they are feeling. I want to convey a sense of relatability. My songs are meant to touch people. I want you to feel peace and comfort. I want to create something that creates conversation or community through shared experiences.”
Buoyed by an angelic voice with a distinctively smoky bottom register, Johari Noelle distinguishes herself with a clarity of thought that cuts through lush arrangements to capture and ultimately translate hearts. Citing a bevy of influences from Sade, Janet Jackson to Beyonce, Frank Ocean and Amy Winehouse, Noelle also takes influence from Chicago’s storied Jazz and Blues traditions. Her natural ability first catapulted her from singing covers on YouTube to national television in 2015 when she joined the cast of the BET docu-series Chasing Destiny on which Johari was mentored by singer Kelly Rowland (of Destiny’s Child) and famed choreographer Frank Gatson Jnr.