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Joanna Burns - vocals and keys, Pete Abazia - Drums, Mario Licata - Bass
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About the ArtistJoanna 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 hasbeen 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 widerspectrum, 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.
Reached 15th in Best of Pop chart in 2013. In the top 20 for 3 weeks.
Reached 11th in Best of Pop chart in 2011. In the top 20 for 8 weeks.
Reached 7th in Best of Pop chart in 2011. In the top 20 for 10 weeks.
April 2010 Pop
Top 10 in Indie Pop, July 2012
Top 10 in Pop, June 2010
May 2010 Lilith Local Talent Search: Philadelphia
March 2010 Pop
March 2010 Judging Excellence
February 2010 Judging Excellence
Top 40 in Indie Pop, May 2012
Top 40 in Indie Pop, March 2012
Top 40 in Indie Pop, February 2012
Top 40 in Singer-Songwriter (female), November 2011
Top 40 in Indie Pop, July 2011
Top 40 in Pro Performance Video , June 2011
Top 40 in Pro Performance Video , May 2011
Top 40 in Pro Performance Video , April 2011
Top 40 in Singer-Songwriter (female), March 2011
Top 40 in Pro Performance Video , March 2011
Top 40 in Singer-Songwriter (female), February 2011
Top 40 in Pop, January 2011
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