Imagine this: you’re a Grammy-nominated singer, considered one of the best vocalists of your generation, who has scored major R&B hits and been invited to collaborate with the likes of Kanye West and R. Kelly, yet some folks consider you “underrated.” This has been the plight of Syleena Johnson, acclaimed as one of the finest R&B voices to have emerged during the past decade. Having fought the major label system to allow her true identity to shine forth, Syleena now steps forward with her most personal statement to date, her boundary-stretching fifth album, entitled, appropriately enough, Chapter V: Underrated (2011) on Shanachie Entertainment. Easily her best all-around album since her second best-selling album, Underrated shows the full range of Syleena’s talent as it moves from the powerful soul-balladry of songs like “Little Things” to full-on club bangers like the first single, “A Boss.” The result is a rarity in the R&B world these days - a true album that flows through a diverse and satisfying complete listening experience. Every song but one was written or co-written by Syleena. The release of Chapter V: Underrated marks not only the reemergence of Syleena Johnson but also the presentation of the full range of her artistry. Though she was only 22 years old at the time of her first hit, she was often marketed to older audiences because of her classic soul style but naturally, as a child of the hip-hop generation, she had much more to offer and explore. “I see growth for me in the future both artistically and personally,” Syleena says. “I am working on learning the guitar and learning to love music all over again. I lost my love for it for a minute because it broke my heart at one point…but I am glad to say that we are back together and learning to love each other again. We have always been married, we just separated for awhile. I know that we will never divorce or even part ever again!”