Live Concert Photography: Joanna Teters at Mercury Lounge 1/30/18
Joanna Teters is an up-and-coming, 25-year-old Boston, MA-born, Brooklyn-based singer/songwriter, who first captured the attention of the blogosphere as the frontwoman of soul octet Mad Satta, as well as Lowtone Society, iLa Mawana and others. Interestingly, Teters long-awaited solo debut Warmer When It Rains was written between 2012 and 2017 and the effort naturally reflects her development as an artist, songwriter and as a woman — and in some way, her debut can be seen as bridging the creative gap between her stint as the frontwoman of the acclaimed Mad Satta and her evolution as a solo artist and collaborator within NYC’s R&B, soul, reggae and disco scenes.
While the recorded material is lush and slickly produced, it began rather modestly — in Teters’ Jamaican Plain, MA bedroom, pulling from the emotional and external climate of her life. Reportedly, the lyrics to effort’s title track “Warmer When It Rains” were jotted down while watching steam rise from springtime sidewalks on a particularly warm day after a bitterly cold Northeastern winter. Songs like “Memories Remain” and “Since Monday” were originally crowd favorites at Mad Satta shows — and were pared down from their octet format, while more recent songs “Ride With You” and “Through The Night” were written and performed with her longtime collaborators and backing band Ben Carr, Ted Morcaldi and Zane West.
I caught Teters play her album release show at Mercury Lounge last month, and although it had been several years since I’ve seen her, I was impressed — the material captured an incredibly self-assured woman, who effortlessly bridged soul, hip-hop, pop, reggae and dance music in a way that’s reminiscent of Lauryn Hill, Erykah Badu, Joss Stone, and a long list of others. Check out some photos from an incredible live set of music below.