|Born||September 2, 1972|
Harvey, Illinois, United States
|Origin||Chicago, Illinois, United States|
Syleena Johnson (born Syleena Thompson, September 2, 1972) is an American R&B and soul singer-songwriter, actress and talk show co-host.
Johnson is the daughter of 1960s R&B Hi Records singer Syl Johnson and Brenda Thompson, who was the first black female police commissioner of Harvey, Illinois. Syleena has two older sisters; Syleecia and Sylette. In August 2000, Johnson married former Illinois State University college basketball player Marcus Betts. Betts graduated in December 2000 and became her manager for her first two albums. On July 1, 2007, she married basketball player Kiwane Garris. Garris, a fellow Chicagoan, is a worldwide journeyman basketball player, having played for various NBA and EuroLeague teams. On August 1, 2007, after forty-eight hours of labor, their son Kiwane Garris Jr was born. On Sunday, February 6, 2011, she gave birth to their second son Kingston.
Johnson is a member of Zeta Phi Beta sorority.
Chapter 2: The Voice was recently[dubious ] voted No. 62 in a list of the best Soul Albums of the 2000s. Mojo, in its February 2003 issue also gave "Chapter 2: The Voice" a glowing review – "...A coherent and engaging R&B album that explores love's vicissitudes with a confessional candour...Classy..."
In 2004, Johnson featured as a vocalist on Kanye West's single "All Falls Down", which was also released on his debut album The College Dropout.
In 2005, Johnson released Chapter 3: The Flesh. Contact Music gave Chapter 3: The Flesh a phenomenal 5/5 review, stating "Third album for Jive from probably the most under-rated artist in the world is just what you expect from an artist of this quality... Quite simply for sheer quality this is one of the albums of the year."
Chapter 4: Labor Pains was released on January 13, 2009.
In 2009, Johnson appeared on a single with KRS-One, Twista and Crucial Conflict entitled "Self Destruction". According to Grant Parks and Coalmine Music, artists lent their lyrics for a cause they believe in with the statement "The time is now as we approach the holidays and a new year; it will give us all something to think about and reflect on loved ones that lost their life to senseless violent acts."
Steve Jones of USA Today gave Chapter 4: Labor Pains 3.5/4 stating "Despite critical acclaim for her ongoing personal chronicles that began with 2001's Chapter 1: Love, Pain & Forgiveness, the soulful Chicago native never found a mainstream niche. Unfairly, she's best known for Kanye West's All Falls Down. Here, with her gorgeous voice and evocative storytelling, she continues to offer some of the decade's most stirring R&B."
Johnson starred in TV One reality series R&B Divas: Atlanta from 2012 to 2014; lasting three seasons. She is currently managed by DYG Management. September 23, 2013, Johnson and Musiq Soulchild released a duet album with entitled 9ine.
In June 2015, Johnson graduated from Drake University where she received her bachelor's degree in nutrition science, summa cum laude, 21 years after she enrolled. She was also inducted into the Alpha Beta Kappa honors society for her academic achievements.
Released in August 2021, she was featured on "Donda Chant", the opening track to Kanye West's tenth album Donda.
Main article: Syleena Johnson discography
|2001||Billboard Music Video Award nomination for Best Adult Contemporary New Artist Clip of the Year ("I Am Your Woman").|
|2004||BET Award nomination for Viewers Choice Award for "All Falls Down" (shared nomination with Kanye West).|
|Vibe Award nomination for Reelest Video for "All Falls Down" (shared nomination with Kanye West).|
|MTV Video Music Award nomination for Best Breakthrough Video for "All Falls Down" (shared nomination with Kanye West).|
|MTV Video Music Award nomination for Best Male Video for "All Falls Down" (shared nomination with Kanye West).|
|MTV Video Music Award nomination for Best New Artist for "All Falls Down" (shared nomination with Kanye West).|
|MTV Video Music Award nomination for Best Hip-Hop Video for "All Falls Down" (shared nomination with Kanye West).|
|2005||Grammy Award nomination for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration for "All Falls Down"|
|Chicago Music Award win for Best Female Vocalist|
|Truth Award win for Top Single for "Hypnotic"|
|2014||Grammy Award nomination for Best R&B Album (R&B Divas)|