"A powerful, animated blues-rock singer, capable guitarist and pianist, and a writer of praiseworthy originals. - Jon Bream, Minneapolis Star Tribune 

"Joyann Parker... has a stage presence you cannot resist. Parker will pull tears out of you no matter how hard you fight it, make you smile and love the one you’re with. Resistance is futile with this big, solid band." - Wausau City Pages  

"Joyann Parker's voice is a revelation, what an instrument she processes. It is sublime, passionate, sensual, guttural, powerful, breathtaking, mesmerizing" - Peter Merritt, PBS 106.7 - Melbourne, Australia

Joyann Parker brings a full range of talent to her performances as an accomplished singer, pianist, songwriter must-hear lead guitarist, currently endorsed by Heritage Guitars in Kalamazoo, MI. She has performed for thousands at major venues and festivals across the country and represented Minnesota at the  2015 International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tennessee. She has opened for Grammy winner Robert Cray, taken the stage for Grammy nominee Elvin Bishop in a pinch and is a staple on the most prestigious stages in the Twin Cities. 

Joyann's album "Hard To Love" was released  on April 13, 2018 and is garnering national and international attention from critics and fans alike. 

HONORS AND AWARDS

2016 MINNESOTA BLUES SOCIETY BEST SELF-PRODUCED CD  
2016 INDEPENDENT BLUES AWARDS NOMINEE - BEST NEW ARTIST 
2016 INDEPENDENT BLUES AWARDS NOMINEE - BEST ALBUM 
2016 LIVING BLUES MAGAZINE TOP 50 ALBUMS CHART 
2016 ROOTS MUSIC REPORT'S TOP 100 TOP BLUES  ALBUMS OF THE YEAR 
2015 INTERNATIONAL BLUES CHALLENGE QUARTER-FINALIST  

PRESS QUOTES

"The new Queen of the Blues! A global star is born and she shines on the horizon." - Rootstime.be

"This Twin Citian came across like a sober Janis Joplin. And that's a compliment. She's a powerful, animated blues-rock singer, capable guitarist and pianist, and a writer of praiseworthy originals. - Jon Bream, Minneapolis Star Tribune 

"Joyann Parker's voice is a revelation, what an instrument she processes. It is sublime, passionate, sensual, guttural, powerful, breathtaking, mesmerizing." - Peter Merrett, PBS 106.7

 

"Joyann Parker... has a stage presence you cannot resist. Parker will pull tears out of you no matter how hard you fight it, make you smile and love the one you’re with. Resistance is futile with this big, solid band." - Wausau City Pages

 

"Joyann Parker is a threat on so many levels that it makes my head spin...She has a vocal style that is incredibly diverse...strong, dynamic and so very powerful that it is nearly impossible not to respond...on the other end of the scale, she can bring things down to a sultry, sensuous level that is hot enough to set most red-blooded male's hearts aflame and the vocal stage is set.  Add the fact that she is a great guitarist, pianist and a songwriter who is on a level with the best I have heard. From hard-driving, house-rockin' blues to funk and a level of sexy, sassy R&B that is reminiscent of the likes of Etta James, Ann Wilson and Shemekia Copeland, this band has all their bases covered and insure that no one leaves less than 100% satisfied."- Bill Wilson 
 

"With an ear-catching, emotive voice with the duskiness of Melissa Etheridge and bawdiness of Bonnie Bramlett, she scorches the mic weather on full-blown blues rockers or passionate ballads. The musical styles are like a blues encyclopedia, with crisp songwriting and plenty of serious musical chops. This lady’s music can achieve a powerful grasp on you." - Mark Waterbury

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VENUES/FESTIVALS

  • Kalamazoo State Theatre w/Robert Cray, Kalamazoo, MI
  • Dakota Jazz Club, Minneapolis, MN
  • Bayfront Blues Festival, Duluth, MN
  • Fargo Winter Blues Festival, Fargo, ND
  • Central Iowa Winter Blues Fest, Des Moines, IA
  • Blues on the Chippewa Festival, Durand, WI
  • New London Music Festival, New London, MN
  • Ambassador Blues Fest, St. Peter, MN
  • Blue Collar BBQ, Music and Arts Festival, Faribault, MN 
  • Hambone Music Festival, Rochester, MN
  • Tuesday Night Blues, Eau Claire, WI
  • Blues Cafe Festival, Wausau, WI
  • BB's Jazz, Blues and Soups, St. Louis, MO
  • Uncle Bo's Blues Bar, Topeka, KS
  • Knuckle Down Saloon, Madison, WI
  • Vieux Carré, St. Paul, MN
  • Rum Boogie Cafe, Memphis, TN
  • Music In The Gardens, Alexandria, MN 
  • BB King's Blues Club, Memphis, TN
  • The Purple Haze, Memphis, TN
  • Flatted 5th Blues and BBQ, Bellevue, IA
  • Mill City Nights, Minneapolis
  • Bunkers Music Bar & Grill, Minneapolis 
  • The Cabooze, Minneapolis
  • Famous Dave's BBQ & Blues, Minneapolis 
  • Wilebski's Blues Saloon, St. Paul
  • Crooners Lounge  and Supper Club, Minneapolis

 

MUSIC

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On "HARD TO LOVE", Parker travels from the Memphis-style soul of “Envy” to the New Orleans-flavored “Ray.” The eminently danceable “Dizzy” inspires images of Motown’s Temptations and Four Tops dancing their signature choreography. The darkly simmering soul-blues ballad “Jigsaw Heart” finds Parker pondering where a rocky relationship is going. Singing with ever-present conviction, Parker asks more tough questions in “Who What When Where Why.” Despite being an ultimatum to a lover, the Stax-meets-Motown throw-down is another of the album’s infectious dance tunes. Parker hits more targets with the primal, Robert Johnson-based “Take My Heart and Run” and Chuck Berry-inspired rock and roll of “What Happened to Me.” More revelations appear in the album’s title song, “Hard to Love.” Turning from roots music, Parker exploits her voice’s beauty and range most of all in the piano-accompanied title track -- a song in the melodic vein of the great American songbook. No matter what she's singing -- Joyann Parker's songs have an emotional honesty. 

 

WHAT THE CRITICS ARE SAYING: 

"Ditching her classical background four years ago when the blues ran into her, this passionate Minnesota gal knows how to bring the heat to the frozen north. She's a full throated vocalist sitting on a bottomless well of passion who could easily get a side job teaching talent show contestants the difference between emoting and howling. Writing them as well as she sings them, this is some of the smokiest, smokingest green eyed soul you are going to encounter.  Killer stuff throughout."  - Chris Spector - Midwest Record

“There’s some serious singing and musicianship afoot here.” 

— Jim Hynes, Elmore Magazine 

“ (Hard To Love) showcases her as 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 

“If you want music with a whole lot of soul and passion, music that can move your heart one moment, then move your feet the next, check out the new release from Joyann Parker, Hard To Love.” 

— Michael Doherty 

“Parker's voice is mesmerizing...this album is one of the year's best.” 

— Richard Ludmerer, Making A Scene 

“Fans, they don’t write just any blues songs–this duo creates soulful, passionate trips into the listener’s heart, just the way they wrote ’em back in the days of Sam, Dave, Aretha, Dan, and Spooner.” 

— Don Crow, Nashville Blues Society

PRESS CONTACT

Karen Leipziger/KL Productions 

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