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June 2018 Press Release 


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Minneapolis-based Soul Blues singer/songwriter JOYANN PARKER Nominated for BluesBlast's "Sean Costello Rising Star" Award! 

Minneapolis-based soul blues singer/songwriter/guitar-keyboard player JOYANN PARKER has been nominated for Blues Blast Music Awards "Sean Costello Rising Star" Award. The Blues Blast Music Awards ceremonies will be held on September 29th…

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Fervor Coulee Review of "Hard To Love"

When I reflect on the joys writing about roots music bring me, I can itemize many elements that inject pleasure in my life. Among them, and perhaps in the Top 3, is that in writing about music in the way I do—off the mainstream grid, without the day-to-day constrictions more widely read writers must traverse—I am exposed to musicians doing their thing within similar circumstances. 

In this way and over the last two decades I have been exposed to ‘local heroes’ I…

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Cashbox Music Reviews - "Hard To Love"

Joyann Parker has the look of a blues singer who would thrive in a smoky lounge late at night. Looks can be deceiving as her voice has a soulful quality that fuses the two styles together. She brings that duality to her new album titled Hard To Love. 

Parker keeps it fairly simple and her approach is more emotional than flashy. She is backed by a basic foursome of guitar, bass, keyboards, and drums with some horns on…

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Blues Magazine Review of "Hard To Love"

Sometimes a career is completely different than you expected. Take that of singer Joyann Parker from Minneapolis. She is a classically trained pianist, but after her ears came into contact with the soul sounds of the famous Stax label and later also added blues, she decided to invest in a career as a soul singer. And I dare to be cheeky to predict that we are dealing with a future big star here. In terms of sound I hear the rawness of a…

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