Jaylene Johnson is back on TV. Or rather, her music is. The Winnipeg-based singer/songwriter -- who had two songs heard in 2005 hit drama Joan of Arcadia -- has two songs placed in new NBC show Lipstick Jungle, which stars Brooke Shields.
While on a six-week writing trip in January, Johnson spent two days in Los Angeles, performing a showcase for NBC/Universal that directly resulted in the placement of "Grow" in Lipstick Jungle. You can hear "Grow" on Johnson's MySpace page.
The other featured track, a jazz song called "Boomerang," was written with Arun Chaturvedi and features piano work by Jonathan Alexiuk. "My friend at NBC had my publisher [of Casablanc Media Publishing] and I in her office and played us the clip from the show," wrote Johnson in a recent e-newsletter. "It was surreal, to be sure. The characters were eating dinner and the dinner music was none other than that song." You can hear the track on Chaturvedi's MySpace page.
Johnson, a former flight attendant who began her music career only five years ago, is no stranger to success. She has won international and national songwriting awards, including the Gospel Music Association’s Best Contemporary Christian Song of 2002 at the Academy of Gospel Music and Arts Seminar in the Rockies at Estes Park in 2002. She also performed at two of Canada’s Vibe Awards, sharing the stage with noted artists like Matt Brouwer, Carolyn Arends, Downhere and Manitoba's own Juno-nominated rock act Starfield.
Turn on your TV on Thursday, February 21, head to NBC and listen for Johnson's songs on Lipstick Jungle.