The singer Johanna Iivanainen was the first recipient of Sony Jazz Prize. According to the jury she is a singer of originality and versatile musical view. Her expression is intensive, creative and energetic. At the moment Johanna Iivainainen sings in several line-ups, a.o. with Unit 6, JimJamMurMur, Otto Donner Free for All un Free Control. She also made a Finland tour with her own band in September 2003. The Sony Jazz price was awarded on March 13th 2003 at Jumo Jazz Club in Helsinki.