Frequently compared to Sabrina in her homeland and featured in press articles abroad that envision the pop star in a Baywatch series somewhat like Pamela Anderson (having a number of bathing suit photos might do that), many comparisons of Finnish vocalist Johanna Kuvaja have circulated in the blogosphere over the past two years. Christina Aguilera, Katy Perry, Samantha Fox, Aqua and even The Spice Girls have been cited as closely-sounding artists. However, today we make a case for Kuvaja’s striking musical kinship and even similar sex-appeal to Mariah Carey.
Hailing from northern city of Tampere, Finland, singer / songwriter / starlet Johanna Kuvaja has emerged after many months of lockdown with a new single ‘Wanna Make Love To You’. A sexy offering from a sexy lady – it’s no wonder she is securing followers and fans all over the planet.
Johanna Kuvaja speaks about her new single: “Billions of people have had sex. I don’t know how many have actually made love? Making love is an art, created by two people with deep feelings for one another. It’s a giving behavior with commitment and care. ” composed this song when I was dreaming about experiencing a deep spiritual connection with someone. I realized that I had only had sex with men, not made love.”
Intriguing, talented and beautiful, Finland may want to consider putting Kuvaja forth as their next contender for the Eurovision Song Contest.
Written by Kuvaja, the single was recorded, mixed, produced and mastered by award winning London-based producer Sefi Carmel, known for his mixes for icons such as David Bowie, Phil Collins, Bruno Mars, Michael Buble, Massive Attack and Birdy. Kuvaja handled the vocal arrangements and also co-produced.
Johanna Kuvaja debuted her ‘Shower’ single in August 2019, which saw her dubbed as Finland’s Sabrina and also drew comparisons to Katy Perry and Kylie Minogue. This was followed by ‘Back For Good’, with reviews recalling Christina Aguilera and Madonna, and then ‘Shower (Janne Hyöty Remix)’, created by multi-platinum awarded producer Janne Hyöty, whose songwriting accounts for over 40 No.1 releases (including on ‘ARASHI 5X20’, the world’s best selling album of 2019).
Finland’s largest periodical ‘Ilta-Sanomat’ declared ‘Shower’ and its respective music video among the biggest topics in Finland’s entertainment world in 2019. The single, which has been played on radio in over 40 different countries, also reached the No. 1 spot on Spotify’s official Viral 50 Finland chart, not to mention charting for 15 weeks straight after its release.
“It was such an exciting experience to travel to London to work in the studio with Sefi, who mixed my ‘Shower’ song and made it a hit back in 2019. I had the flu when we were recording, so Sefi offered me a lot of Whiskey when I was in the recording booth. No wonder I managed to sing all the low dude sounds in the bridge,” laughs Johanna Kuvaja.
Johanna Kuvaja is a trained music teacher from Tampere, Finland. She has a long history of collaborating with various renowned Finnish musicians, winning music writing competitions, touring the country as a duo, folk and pop orchestra, and performing on Finnish television as part of the ‘Finnish Star’ series. She eventually studied TV-performance and music at university, earning her degree and becoming a certified music teacher.
With a vocal range of five octaves, she is a trained professional, having learned piano from the age of 6. By 10, she had entered the conservatory, picked up violin and Finland’s national instrument, the kantele, and was part of an ensemble that won the Finnish Championship at the Folk Music Festival three times over. After TV performances and touring, she won her first songwriting competition, leading to more such events, including the Eurovision song contest.
On May 14, ‘Wanna Make Love To You’ it out everywhere, so keep your eye on Spotify and Apple Music. Next week we expect her to reveal her new video for this single. While we wait patiently, we can all enjoy a ‘Shower’ with Johanna, ya ya!