SJ Johnson

Sable 097 (zero-nine-seven) was formed by singer/songwriter Sarah-Jane (SJ) Johnson and guitarist/songwriter Malcolm Journeaux in summer 2019.

Bass guitarist Stuart Thomas and drummer/percussionist Pete Smith joined in May 2020.

Keyboard player Ian Jenkins joined in November 2020.


The band's latest release - Inspired - features guest musicians Tom Szakaly on keyboard and Alison Diamond on saxophone.
Music critic Duncan Rigby said: "The verse lyrics set the narrative and the chorus is the very addictive melodic hook."


Why Sable 097?

Back in the early 80s, before mobile phones, there were car phones and each car phone user had a call sign, Malcolm Journeaux's call sign was... sable zero nine seven.