Vocalist, composer and bandleader Joanna Majoko has built a reputation as one of Canada’s most exciting young singers.

Born in Germany, she moved to Zimbabwe, then to South Africa, then to Winnipeg before finally landing in Toronto. Since then, she’s worked with some of the country’s top musicians including Jane Bunnett and Maqueque, David Clayton-Thomas and Larnell Lewis.

But while she has become a fixture of the local jazz scene, Majoko has yet to release any music of her own — until now. She has just released the first single from her debut release No Holding Back, a four-song EP of rich, modern neo-soul that’s lyrical and fun and packs a really great groove.

For the New Music Spotlight, Majoko joined us to talk about how she arrived at this point in her personal and musical development.