I was born in Liverpool, my mum is a classically trained singer and so I followed ... but in my own footsteps. Influenced by soul, jazz and folk and particularly the songwriting and sounds of many artists I grew up listening to such as Fleetwood Mac, Joni Mitchell, Kate Bush, Peter Gabriel, Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Stevie Wonder and Bob Marley, Cocteaux Twins, Led Zepplin.
I have released two albums, the last was described as "... an oasis of calm and healing. Lovely." by musicians union critic Keith Ames.
Currently living in North West UK am preparing my third album and performing at small gatherings and gigs.
I began on the Liverpool music scene as a teenager singing ethereal backing vocals for Islands Of Dance later to become I-Lands, I lands released a single In The Rain and appeared supporting the Icicle Works at Pickwicks and James at Lark in the Park. I picked up the acoustic guitar given to me by family friend Brian O'Hara from 60's band The Fourmost and began to write my own material, I recorded a few demos and played regularly at venues such as The Flying Picket and various other singer/songwriter haunts in and around Liverpool. And even played at one of the last CND rallies in the centre of Liverpool Town.
Moving to London in May 1993 was a huge change and led to regular gigs in the Acoustic Room of the Mean Fiddler where I met drummer Malcolm Hawkes who introduced me to his brother Martin (guitarist), and along with Nick Cohen (Incognito, Annie Lennox) on bass guitar this led to the formation of The Mighty House.
With the financial input of a family friend of mine we recorded a mini album "Love The Sea Is Blue" with guest appearances from percussionist Preston Heyman (Kate Bush, Tin Tin Out) and beautiful string quartet arrangements by Ambrose Eddison Hall ( Portishead) and for the first time online several of these tracks are now available here.
The album did inspire the music industry and a showcase for S2 records was held at The Mean Fiddler Acoustic Room... S2 were impressed... unfortunately they did not know how to market the music so .....
The Mighty House had disbanded and I continued to write and began producing material with soul, reggae and jazz as my influences whilst bringing up my son in the heart of Tottenham. This period of my life introduced me to the wonderful sounds of the world particularly reggae. The message and feel good rhythms of African and Asian and Latino music captured my soul.
Continuing to perform at most acoustic venues in London such as the 12 bar club and I even played a totally unplugged gig at the legendary Bungies in Leicester Square just after Jeff Buckley had performed there and not long before Bungies became history. I was driven to develop my sound.
I completed a sound engineering course at DAC studios in Tottenham Hale and recorded a great duo track there with local rapper Brasco entitled " Think What You Do..." which I will make available soon on this website.
Now Sporting a borrowed red telecaster I worked with a few local female musicians and created the Cosmic Convention... playing the very first gig and many more presented by Raison d'Etre for Yvan & Crystal and I also performed the song The Mighty House with the Cosmic Convention for Prince Edward and Sophie at the Theatre Royal in Stratford.
I began to prepare the next album... with my new dinky Yamaha strat... which is an amazing little guitar...and after securing free studio time I recorded a demo of The Here & Now, plus 2 songs... and on the way to Brighton to play a gig one evening I met David Barker on the train who was very interested in my work and listened to my demo's and offered some financial assistance which kick started the recording of The Here & Now.
Working with Lewis Fielding on bass guitar and slide guitar and Sarah Wackett on flute I decided to call us The Jetsuns and a couple of years of an intense learning curve as I learnt to record the full band edit and mix with protools. The album features BBC Jazz award winning trumpeter Byron Wallen and Joe Auckland (Madness).
The album was originally under the band name but since I left the South of England in 2014, continuing as a solo artist has become my focus and I have re-released the album under my own name Joanne Louise Griffiths. Currently gigging with my acoustic band with Bill Butterworth on cahon and percussion and James Zaphron on bass/lead guitar.
So to the here & now... well my next album is in the making and there are a few recordings that will be on this next album I will share here soon... so watch this space, I am of course performing regularly in and around Merseyside and have already appeared at Liverpool Acoustic at one of the last shows at Open 2 View Gallery plus at Club 27 for Musicians against Homelessness and I am gigging weekly in Southport so please check my shows section and please come along and support live music and please subscribe... many thanks for taking the time.
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