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Hazlet, NJ
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Portrait of Joanna Burns
Joanna Burns brings to the table a set of hands that were schooled under the influence of Ben Folds and a voice that's waiting for Whitney Houston to need backup singers again. She is what would happen if some of the powerhouse voices of the last 30 years could write and play their own material.

Singing harmonies in her mother's station wagon in as a wee babe, she always knew she was a musician. Though much of her relationship with music was developed through hours of sitting in her room in New Jersey figuring out film scores and pop songs, she finally gave in and went with traditional schooling to learn the rest, studying Musical Theatre at Montclair State University.

Up to and following the self-release of her 2008 EP "Music From & Inspired By," she has
been wowing audiences in the tri-state area, sharing the stage with Harry Connick Jr, Ingrid Michaelson, Fountains of Wayne, The Click 5, Melissa Ferrick, and more. This year, she has begun reaching fans on a wider
spectrum, showcasing at both the NACA Mid-Atlantic Festival and Conference, and performing throughout New England and into the Mid West.

What exactly can you expect to see at a live show? "I was recently told there is an element of theatricality to my show," she said. "I was flattered by that statement because it's definitely something I've been trying to achieve, coming from a theatre background." "I want to make raw theatre - no smoke or mirrors. Just full-out performance."

Citing influences from Aretha Franklin and Mariah Carey to Rufus Wainwright and Queen, Burns has developed a unique mixture of style satisfying all of those interests.
 
 
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