Soulful Realism & Sublime Songwriting: RnB Breakthrough E.J Explores Matters of The Heart, with Powerful New Album ‘Reminiscence’.

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British-Nigerian singer, songwriter and published author Elizabeth Laade Johnson – known
to the scene as E.J – celebrates the sheer uplift and escapism of soulful music in its most raw
and authentic state, with the intoxicating and timeless album Reminiscence. Releasing on
July 20th, 2024, this new album is set to captivate listeners with its heartfelt songs and
emotional depth.
Formerly a biomedical graduate, E.J has always been inspired by music and storytelling. These cornerstones of her life are vividly expressed in Reminiscence, showcasing her distinct vocals and powerful songwriting. The album delves into themes of love, heartbreak, and self
discovery, creating a journey through a plethora of emotions.

Humble rock and soul-kissed soundscapes back up E.J.’s evocative vocals, as she explores the ache and passion of love in the phenomenal opener Crazy Love.
Performances vary from quiet and intimate to bold and compelling, maintaining a soul-driven mood with subtle hints of influence from Afro and mainstream Pop. E.J.’s unique vocal and writing style shine through, offering an eclectic yet cohesive sound.

For I’ll Pretend, the album moves into a breathtaking arrangement reminiscent of a Gospel
ballad. Pieces Of My Heart features retro keys, drums, and subtle horns, creating a nostalgic
groove that perfectly complements E.J.’s sensational vocals as she navigates the highs and
lows of love.
Committed to authenticity in its personal storytelling, Reminiscence captures the clear
emotional depth of E.J.’s voice. Whether delivering the euphoric energy and gritty pace of
I’m Not Ready For Love or the smooth, melodic warmth of What Good Is A Heart, the album
consistently reflects a deep desire to maintain realness and humanity.

In My Dreams is another standout, a piano-led ballad of intimacy and revelation that builds
beautifully towards an enchanting and impassioned crescendo. On the flip side, E.J. offers a
hypnotic groove and soulfully confident performance with the aptly-titled floor-filler Get
Stepping To It.
E.J.’s ability to intertwine effective songwriting and storytelling is second to none. The 15
tracks of this project, including the exotic bounce of Magic in the Air and the heart-breaking
honesty of Another Man, blend ambient and conceptual power with heartfelt authenticity.
Despite the album’s versatility, it consistently showcases E.J.’s strength of character and
Wrapping things up is a seductively soulful guitar groove and a remarkable vocal performance from E.J. Goodbye encapsulates the peak of this journey that is Reminiscence, a final closing of the door secured by a shoulder-swaying blues groove and a long-form, raspy and intoxicating voice. There’s a certain celebratory sense of overcoming to the delivery, but also a poignant emotional longing that rightfully reflects upon all that’s come to pass. The song captures the essence of this bittersweet Goodbye in everything from arrangement to delivery and production, and makes for one last highlight from an album loaded with superb tracks.
Set to release on July 20th, 2024, Reminiscence is an album that devotes itself to unity and
truth, reflecting the complexities of the heart and soul. E.J. has already garnered tens of
thousands of followers on social media and streaming platforms, and the launch of
Reminiscence is poised to expand her audience and enhance her reputation as a compelling
and authentic artist.
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