Tribute to Daniel Johnston Naima Joris

Album info

Album-Release:
2022

HRA-Release:
27.05.2022

Label: [PIAS]

Genre: Jazz

Subgenre: Crossover Jazz

Artist: Naima Joris

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  • 1Cold Hard World05:55
  • 2Poor You04:40
  • 3Walking the Cow03:55
  • 4Don't Be Scared02:59
  • 5Story Of An artist03:27
  • 6Despair Came Knocking08:38
  • 7True Love Will Find You In The End02:31
  • Total Runtime32:05

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Naima Joris only sang her first songs when she was 27. After several years of being a backing singer her father Chris Joris (a well-known Belgian jazz musician) encouraged her to further discover her own voice as a lead singer. She took ample time to give that voice its own repertoire and debuted in 2021 with a first untitled EP. A gripping and impressive journey through the most intimate depths of her heart. Five black-rimmed, intense songs that try to give a place to the pain and sadness of the loss of someone dear. Fragile and personal stories that touch a universal chord and from which we, as listeners, could draw comfort, understanding and strength.

In recent years, Naima herself took a lot of comfort, courage and inspiration from the songs of Daniel Johnston. In anticipation of her debut album, she decided to tackle a number of songs by the regretted singer-songwriter. “I discovered Daniel Johnston through the documentary "The Devil and Daniel Johnston" sometime in 2009, when I rented a basement room in Brussels. I was singing back up with Isbells at the time when someone encouraged me to try writing my own songs. It was after seeing that famous documentary when I found the courage to do this. I saw how Daniel Johnston approached songwriting; in a very honest and pure way without embarrassment. The low-fi sound also suited my rather limited recording material. I didn't write many songs, but as long as they were honest and sincere it was worth it. Like writing in a diary. I recorded the songs, put them in a folder and didn't think I could really achieve anything with them. I mainly recorded covers, because I didn't think my own songs were good enough. Why would I want to make songs myself when there are already so many amazing songs out there that perfectly express what I feel?"

Naima Joris, vocals, saxophone, piano
Niels Van Heertum, euphonium, trumpet
Vitja Pauwels, guitar
Lara Rosseel, double bass
Tijl Piryns, drums



Naima Joris
only sang her first songs when she was 27. After several years of being a backing singer, she was encouraged by her father Chris Joris (a well-known Belgian jazz musician) to further discover her own voice as a lead singer.

She took ample time to give that voice its own repertoire and debuted in 2021 with a first untitled EP. A gripping and impressive journey through the most intimate depths of her heart. Five black-rimmed, intense songs that try to give a place to the pain and sadness of the loss of someone dear. Fragile and personal stories that touch a universal chord and from which we, as listeners, could draw comfort, understanding and strength.

In recent years, Naima herself took a lot of comfort, courage and inspiration from the songs of Daniel Johnston. In anticipation of her debut album, she decided to tackle a number of songs by the regretted singer-songwriter.

“I discovered Daniel Johnston through the documentary “The Devil and Daniel Johnston” sometime in 2009, when I rented a basement room in Brussels. I was singing back up with Isbells at the time when someone encouraged me to try writing my own songs. It was after seeing that famous documentary when I found the courage to do this. I saw how Daniel Johnston approached songwriting; in a very honest and pure way without embarrassment. The low-fi sound also suited my rather limited recording material. I didn’t write many songs, but as long as they were honest and sincere it was worth it. Like writing in a diary. I recorded the songs, put them in a folder and didn’t think I could really achieve anything with them. I mainly recorded covers, because I didn’t think my own songs were good enough. Why would I want to make songs myself when there are already so many amazing songs out there that perfectly express what I feel?”

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