“Joyann Parker is the best Twin Cities female singer you've never heard...whatever she sings, Parker owns it.”
— Minneapolis Star-Tribune
“a singing, songwriting, guitar-playing, self-producing, self-aware powerhouse, but the driving force is unquestionably her voice — a formidable instrument she wields with soul and taste.”
— Pasadena Weekly
"Hard to Love" Isn't Hard To Love - Read the reviews!
“'Hard To Love' is a colorful musical tapestry woven by a consummate artist out of the warp and wool of jazz, soul and blues. Parker's passionate vocals deliver what might be one of the best albums of the year so far.”
— Henry L. Carrigan, Living Blues
“Joyann Parker is the real deal...a powerful vocalist, an accomplished musician on both guitar and piano, and the writer of songs that hold up over time. This is blues and deep southern soul of the highest order. Joyann Parker is a 21st century blues woman.”
— Bill Wilson, Reflections In Blue
“She is immersed in the blues and it is now a part of her life, just like breathing and her heart beating... the shoes are kicked off and she is very much at home here. ”
— Bob Gottlieb, No Depression
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Midwest Country Music Association Awards Show
This is a formal optional event. Doors open at 4:30pm. Upon arrival you will experience the red-carpet event beginning at 4:30pm. The Music and Award Show begins promptly at 6:00pm. It will be hosted by Twin Cities media personalities and will highlight the best of our local and regional country artists performing in a Midwest-style GRAMMY show format. There is no better live event to see and hear the best country talent from this region. Last year there were 12 performances and 14 awards. Awards will be given for Best Female Vocalist, Best Male Vocalist, Entertainer Of the Year, Song of the Year, Album of the Year, New Artist of the Year and Americana Artist of the Year among others. The post party begins directly following the show allowing you time to network with fellow industry peers and artists.