An experienced business consultant and communications strategist, Johanna cultivated a deep commitment to health and sustainability as a National Fellow for the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and Instructor for the National Outdoor Leadership School. She has established herself as a successful writer, media producer and host for NPR-affiliate stations.
As a songwriter, musician, and teacher, Johanna’s Southern roots - from Tennessee to Texas, Florida to Louisiana — have inspired a soulful and wide-ranging body of work. Her songs carry traces of the honkytonk, swamp pop, swing and blues absorbed in her native South, but the distinct voice, and the open heart behind it, are all her own.
Her 2010 acclaimed debut release Mile High Rodeo and original musical Le Rêve de Marionettes brought Divine to stages across the U.S., including New York’s La MaMa Theater for the International Fringe Festival. In 2012, she completed her second original album, Electric Tide, with producers Dirk Powell (Joan Baez, Jack White) and Glenn Patscha (Olabelle, Sheryl Crow, Bonnie Raitt) and launched her first European tour.
Her rooted yet personal performance style inspired TimeOut New York to call her music “lovely and impressive,” while Offbeat says she’s an artist “to keep an eye on.” Highlight performances include: Joe’s Pub (NYC), SXSW (TX), Festival International (LA), Black Box Festival (Belfast, IE), Whelan’s (Dublin, IE).
The power of these recordings and performances led to a contract with Universal Music Publishing and release with a backing band led by Americana great Larry Campbell (Bob Dylan) and produced by eight-time Grammy winner Jay Newland (Norah Jones, Esperanza Spaulding).
From 2014 to 2016, she served as an adjunct faculty member at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette School of Music and Performing Arts, teaching songwriting.
Johanna’s original songs have been included in feature and documentary films and recorded by both French and U.S. artists.
Based in New Orleans and Lafayette, she’s continually fascinated by Louisiana’s musical, culinary, rural and urban landscapes.