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genre-morphing singer, songwriter and producer, JOI, has always been ahead of
the mainstream cultural and artistic landscape. Debuting with the 1994
critically acclaimed The
Pendulum Vibe (EMI), JOI and producer Dallas Austin created a sharp,
kaleidoscopic set of unclassifiable jams (later dubbed ‘Neo-Soul’) powered by
lead single “Sunshine & the Rain”. An all-black, all-woman
version of the album cut “Freedom” was issued for Mario Van Peebles’ film, “Panther”.
Mary J Blige, Queen Latifah, En Vogue and a teenage Aaliyah were among the 60
one of the first black models in a major Calvin Klein ad campaign (CK One). She
independently released the adventurous Amoeba Cleansing Syndrome album,
backed by indie rock collective Fishbone, and worked on projects for the likes
of Goodie Mob, Outkast, Curtis Mayfield, George Clinton and others.
the Universal label that produced the funky effort Star Kitty’s Revenge, her most commercially viable album to date. Star
Kitty’s Revenge featured signature tunes “Lick” and “Jefferson St.
Joe”, an ode to her father Joe Gilliam, the NFL’s first black starting
quarterback. JOI was asked to join R&B super-group Lucy Pearl alongside
Raphael Saadiq, soon after.
tour-de-force; Tennessee Slim Is The Bomb under her Joilicious Records imprint.
the fledgling label system and fully immersed in Artisan Polishing, DJ’ing, and
vocal work on productions by Max Martin (Ariana Grande, Tori Kelly), Polow Da
Don (Monica) and others. A 20th anniversary international tour with
Outkast preceded her own #20YearsOfJOI run and a 2015 European tour with
D’Angelo & The Vanguard. Her highly anticipated fifth solo effort Rebekkah
HolyLove’s Salvation Symphony is due for independent release later this year.
6:30 pm Chandra Currelley