Josephine Antoinette combines her love of soul, jazz and R&B in her new project.

The Portland, Oregon native has played keyboards and sang with several local artists, including local blues legends LaRhonda Steele and Sonny Hess.

As a former newspaper reporter, Josephine’s curiosity about people and current events inspires her songwriting. She strives to tackle big topics in a poetic and accessible way through a soulful soundscape.

Josephine started writing stories and poems in elementary school, then explored songwriting in middle school.

Music was always playing in her home growing up in North Portland. Her parents exposed her to a variety of musical artists at a young age, including Merle Haggard, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, The Temptations and Gladys Knight, among many others. Josephine also listened to new and old R&B and developed an interest in jazz in middle school.

Josephine studied voice for several years as a teenager with Margaret Linn, who performs with Curtis Salgado, among many others in the Portland area. Josephine then studied classical voice in high school with Thomas R. Blaylock and studied jazz piano for several years in college with Galen Clark, of Trio Subtonic.

In addition to creating music, Josephine is a dedicated yogi and teaches at local studios. She also enjoys hiking and snuggling her cat, Gladys.