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Breaking News ! Denise Johnson's debut album is to be released posthumously, her family and friends have announced. The talented Manchester vocalist had nearly completed Where Does It Go when she passed away in July, aged 56. Friends have described her 'immense' delight at getting it to the point of release, saying she was 'hugely proud' of the record. The album - a stripped-back, acoustic record, apart from two tracks - is now due to be released on Friday October 2, co-ordinated by her close friend Sue Langford. Read More Related Articles "She enchanted everyone she met" - friends and musicians pay tribute to Denise Johnson Read More Related Articles Sign up to CityLife's free newsletter from the Manchester Evening News Denise's vocals brought depth and soul to the music of New Order, Primal Scream, Johnny Marr, The Charlatans, Michael Hutchence, 808 State, Electronic, Bernard Butler, Ian Brown, The Waterboys and A Certain Ratio - whose album released later this month will also feature Denise. But she was also an astonishing vocal talent in her own right, releasing her debut single Rays of the Rising Sun in 1994. Denise worked on the album with Manchester-based guitarist Thomas 'Twem' Twemlow, with whom she had been collaborating since 2013. Their arrangements of covers had already resulted in two single releases: 10CC's I'm Not In Love (2017) followed by New Order's True Faith (2018), both of which earned warm reviews and - most importantly to Denise - approval from both 10CC and New Order. Denise Johnson's debut album Where Does It Go is to be released posthumously (Image: Publicity picture) The pair first met in 2003 through a producer friend, and Denise went on to sing on a couple of Twem's tracks. "Denise got back in touch a few years after we'd first worked together, asking if I'd play acoustic guitar for her," he said. "We set about doing our own version of her favourite songs from various Manchester acts.
. "My first thought was, 'how the hell can I make an electronic track work on acoustic?' But, to be honest, when you've got someone like Denise singing, you can make anything work!"
The late singer Denise Johnson, whose debut album Where Does It Go is to be released posthumously
(Image: Tony Woolliscroft)
Both singles will appear on the album, alongside a cover of Well I Wonder by The Smiths and Evangeline, a song by one of her favourite writers, Simon Aldred of Cherry Ghost. The track list also includes a version of Ellie Greenwich's Sunshine After The Rain, which Denise performed in her role as Mary in the BBC's live staging of The Manchester Passion in 2006. Denise described the event as one of the highlights of her career, because she knew it had made her mother incredibly proud. The album also features Nothing You Can Do, written by Denise, and Steal Me Easy, which was penned with former collaborator, the French guitarist Fabien Lefrançois.
The album was recorded at Hope Mill Recording Studios in Ancoats, engineered by Twem and produced by Denise. With the exception of Steal Me Easy, they recorded it completely live - through which they hoped to capture their joy of performing. Early sets at Denise's friend Terry Christian's Mad Manc Cabaret events led to one-off shows, festival appearances and acoustic sets at events including Festival No 6, Bluedot and Tim Burgess's North by Northwich. The Charlatans star Burgess will honour Denise by dedicating his Tim's Twitter Listening Party to the album on Monday October 5 from 9pm. The album will be available to stream across all platforms from Friday October 2, with limited vinyl and CD copies available only from Piccadilly Records in Manchester's Northern Quarter.