Bio

Kitchener, Ontario's Johanna Daze thrilled audiences with her powerhouse vocals as the front-person for the blues-inspired band SoulDrive, performing original songs written by the group.  Acclaimed by the Waterloo Record as "a stage dynamo with high-octane vocals", Daze's evolving vocal prowess distinguishes her as a prominent emerging voice in the indie music community.  Daze began writing songs at a young age, immersing herself in a dream world of music that always felt like magic.  At age 14, she saved her own money and bought a beat-up acoustic guitar from a camping supply store and taught herself how to play.  

Drawing inspiration from vintage vinyl, Johanna was drawn to iconic songwriters like Lennon & McCartney and Carole King.  Throughout her adolescence, her eclectic music taste would continue to grow and evolve including influences such as Amy Winehouse, Bill Withers, Bonnie Raitt, Brittany Howard, Donny Hathaway, Janis Joplin, Led Zeppelin, Otis Redding, and Sharron Jones.  Since then, she’s conquered her crippling fear of singing in public and wowed audiences with her undeniable charisma and unique vocal tone. Daze won the Kitchener Blues Festival Youth Legacy Award in 2013, earning her a performance on the mainstage that summer, along with a track on the festival CD.  Daze was then featured in the local documentary "When the Blues Comes to Town".  She returned to the mainstage at the Blues Festival in 2015 with SoulDrive. The group was also featured at the International Blues Challenge Youth Showcase in Memphis, and were finalists in CBC's Searchlight competition as well as Toronto Blues Society Talent Search that same year. After a brief hiatus, Daze has been back in the studio and recently released her full debut solo EP featuring singles “Loved By You” and “That Road”.

Photo by Peter Pongrac

Photo by Peter Pongrac

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Photo by Joe Martz

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Photo by Alex Cairney

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Photo by Glenn Rodger

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Artwork by Andrea Jerez

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Photo by Alex Cairney

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Photo by Maddie Woods

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Powered by [Daze's] high octane vocals, SoulDrive is an intoxicating multi-music genre rollercoaster ride. As the band's charismatic songstress, [Daze] posseses a sultry performance style and powerful vocal prowess comparable to rock/blues divas Bonnie Raitt & Janis Joplin” - Coral Andrews

— The Record