Fiona Joy

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“One of the brightest lights in contemporary instrumental music, Fiona Joy is poised to move into stardom.”

- Will Ackerman, Founder of Windham Hill Records

Australian Pianist, Producer & Singer Fiona Joy is enjoying the success of her recent release Signature Synchronicity after returning from her third major tour of China, recording a new album in the US, and featuring in several Australian concerts with her Blue Dream Ensemble at the Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre and the Sydney Women's International Jazz Festival. 

 In China Fiona Joy is nick-named The Piano Angel, not just for her romantic, melodic songs and lush arrangements, but also for her gracious and mesmerizingly ballet-like performance style in concert.   A prolific composer, she has always been interested in creating music that evokes images, emotions and stories.  The album so far has won two catetories in the Independent Music Awards, a Finalist in the International Acoustic Music Awards, Hollywood Music in Media Awards and the USA Songwriting Competition.

 Her recording schedule for 2017 includes Blue Coast Records solo piano release (SACD/CD/DSD) Into the Mist and FLOW - the debut album by Fiona Joy, Lawrence Blatt, Jeff Oster & Will Ackerman.  FLOW will be a groundbreaking release by a New Age group fof successful artists inspired by the iconic music of Windham Hill.

 It follows that her upbringing was filled with music. She recalls that her father embraced Andrew Lloyd Webber's music, playing Jesus in the Tamworth Musical Society production of Jesus Christ Superstar. Her classical piano training is evident in her thematic and melodic compositions. Ravel's “Bolero” emerged as an early influence, she says, adding, "I loved it, I played it over and over and deconstructed every part. George Winston, Prokofiev and Mendelssohn also intrigued me.”  

In 2015 Fiona contributed to a GRAMMY-winning album and traversed three continents, performing solo on a grand tour of China, entertaining in the U.S. at the ZMR Awards and at the audiophile Mecca, T.H.E. Show, closing out the year in Australia at the Sydney Women's International Jazz Festival with her renowned Blue Dream Ensemble. Once home, she attracted the national TV show ‘Lateline’, which ran a feature lifestyle piece on her life and music. (https://youtu.be/6RCTtmkwdSI)

 In 2014, a version of Fiona’s song “Grace” was chosen for a GRAMMY®-winning album that also reached #1 on the Billboard charts, and in 2013, her evocative piano and ethereal vocals earned her the global broadcaster’s choice and honor as the Best Instrumental Piano Album for600 Years in a Moment at the ZMR Awards, whose airplay charts she also graced at #1 for several months with Signature Solo. Fiona Joy also placed as Runner Up for Best Instrumental Song in the International Acoustic Music Awards, nominated alongside Pete Seeger for Best LIVE Performance Album in the Independent Music Awards, and she was an ARIA Finalist in Australia in 2008.

 As a forward-looking artist, Fiona is interested in pioneering new musical concepts and recording techniques to better serve her highly-interactive fan base. She frequently appears at audiophile conferences, and is signed to Blue Coast Records for high-fidelity recordings; owner/producer Cookie Marenco is considered and leader in the field, partnering with Sony Music to deliver hi-resolution music to discerning audiophile consumers.  Marenco says, "Fiona's melodic solo piano and masterful performances are the perfect music to debut the kind of clarity double DSD audio brings to the home listener.  Her music is a cross of George Winston's simple melodies and Ludovico Einaudi's musical sophistication." 

 Fiona's hard work and conceptual vision for the Signature Series is now coming to fruition in Signature Synchronicity, produced in collaboration with Will Ackerman's team in full orchestral form.  Ackerman, founder of both Windham Hill Records and Imaginary Road Studios, embraced and encouraged Fiona’s music years ago, stating, “Fiona’s Blue Dream album was the most ambitious project of my entire career and resulted in one of the most remarkable collaborations this genre has ever known. Blue Dream is unique and I’m as proud of it as anything I’ve ever worked on in my 35-year career of GRAMMY® Awards and Gold/Platinum records.”  

 As a collaborator, Fiona has worked with Will Ackerman, Lawrence Blatt, T-Bone Wolk (Hall & Oates), Tony Levin (Peter Gabriel, Dire Straits), Jeff Haynes (Pat Metheny), Eugene Friesen (Paul Winter Consort), Heather Rankin, Charlie Bisharat (Shadowfax), Rebecca Daniel (ACO), Jeff Oster and many others. In 2014, she and Ackerman co-produced the successful debut album of Jennifer DeFrayne, who won Best New Artist in the 2015 ZMR Awards for her album By A Wire.   

 Music writer Michael Diamond, recently reviewed one of Fiona’s live concerts in the U.S., writing “What I appreciated most was being able to listen and watch Fiona at the piano. The passion and elegance in her performance was breathtaking, as her flawless technique combined with pure emotional expression.”  

 When not recording or touring, Fiona is busy directing the entrepreneurial side of her music business, an effort which is crucial to the success of every independent artist.  She manages her growing record label, Little Hartley Music, and promotes Fiona Joy Jewellery, her new line offering the upscale Swarovsky crystal-adorned bracelets and foot jewellery that she wears while performing barefooted in concert. 

 When not on the road, Fiona escapes to her peaceful home in a small rural village in Australia.

 

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 Earlier Quotes. “Fiona’s Blue Dream album was the most ambitious project of my entire career and resulted in one of the most remarkable collaborations this genre has ever known. Blue Dream is unique and I’m as proud of it as anything I’ve ever worked on in my 35 year career of Grammy Awards and gold /platinum records.” Will Ackerman (Founder Windham Hill Records) 

“Blue Dream represents the very best of this music genre and follows in the great tradition of artists such as George Winston. This beautifully crafted album has already been hailed in the US as a work of pure genius”. ABC Music Australia

“Hawkins enters the realm of masterfull” Smoothjazz FM.

 

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Discography:

  1. PORTRAIT OF A WATERFALL
  2. ANGEL ABOVE MY PIANO
  3. ICE - PIANO SLIGHTLY CHILLED
  4. BLUE DREAM  CD AND SA-CD
  5. MUSIC FOR MASSAGE
  6. CHRISTMAS JOY CD AND SA-CD
  7. LIVE at THE Q with the Blue Dream Ensemble
  8. SENSUAL JOURNEYS
  9. 600 Years in a Moment (CD/SACD/Vinyl)
  10. Signature - Solo (Blue Coast Records) DSD, SACD and CD
  11. Signature - Synchronicity - CD, DSD

  12. Into the Mist - DSD, SACD, CD (due mid 2016)

  

AWARDS:

2016 Album: Song 'Fair Not' (Signature Synchronicity) Fiona Joy (Little Hartley Music)

Status: FINALIST - Best Instrumental Song

Award:  International Acoustic Music Awards

 

2016: Song Calling Earth (Signature Synchronicity) Fiona Joy  (Little Hartley Music)

Status:  WINNER - Best New Age Song

Award: Independent Music Awards

 

2016:  Album:  Signature Synchronicity Fiona Joy  (Little Hartley Music)

Status: WINNER - Best New Age Album

Award:  Independent Music Awards

 

2016:  Song Little Star (Signature Synchronicity) Fiona Joy (Little Hartley Music)

Status:  FINALIST

Award:  USA Songwriting Competition

 

2016 Album:  Signature Solo - Fiona Joy Blue Coast Records

Status:  WINNER

Award:  ZMR Best Piano Album 

 

2016 Song: 'Grace '     

album: Winds of Samsara (Ricky Kej/Wouter Kellerman) 

Status:  WINNER

Award: GRAMMY Best New Age album.

 

2015 Song: 'Ceremony'  (Signature- Solo), Fiona Joy (Tiny Island Music/Blue Coast Records) 

Status: FINALIST

Awards: International Acoustic Music Awards  

 

2014 Song: 'Tango on Wednesday  (600 Years in a Moment) Fiona Joy Hawkins (Little Hartley Music)

Status:  RUNNER UP

Awards:  International Acoustic Music Awards 

 

2014 Song: The Journey (600 Years in a Moment) 

Status:  FINALIST

Awards:  Independent Music Awards

  

2014 Album: 600 Years in a Moment

Status:  WINNER

Award:  ZMR International voted Radio Awards Best Piano Album with Instrumentation

 

2014 Album: 600 Years in a Moment

Status:  FINALIST

Award: ZMR International voted Radio Awards Album of the Year

 

2014 Album:  Sensual Journeys Fiona Joy Hawkins (Little Hartley Music)

Status: FINALIST

Award:  Independent Music Awards

 

2014 Album:  LIVE at the Q Fiona Joy Hawkins (Little Hartley Music)

Status:  FINALIST

Award:  Independent Music Awards Best LIVE performance

 

2011 Album:  Christmas Joy Fiona Joy Hawkins (Little Hartley Music)

Status:  FINALIST

Award: ZMR Radio Voted Awards Best Holiday Album 

 

2009 Album:  Blue Dream Fiona Joy Hawkins (Little Hartley Music)

Status:  WINNER

Award ZMR Radio Voted Awards - Album of the Year

 

2009 Album:  Blue Dream Fiona Joy Hawkins (Little Hartley Music)

Status: WINNER

Award:  ZMR Radio Voted Awards - Best Piano Album

 

2009 Album:  Blue Dream Fiona Joy Hawkins (Little Hartley Music)

Status:  WINNER

Award: ZMR Radio Voted Awards - Best Contemporary Instrumental Album

 

2009 Album: Blue Dream Fiona Joy Hawkins (Little Hartley Music)

Status:  Finalist

Award:  ARIA (Australia) Best World Music Album

 

2009 Album:  ICE - Piano Slightly Chilled Fiona Joy Hawkins (Little Hartley Music)

Status:   Winner

Award:  NAR Radio Awards  Best Dance/Dub/Club Album

 

2008 Song:  Blue Dream  (Blue Dream), Fiona Joy Hawkins (Little Hartley Music) 

Status:  WINNER

Award:  MusicOZ Awards - Best Classical.

 

2007 Song:  Frosted View (ICE - Piano Slightly Chilled) - Fiona Joy Hawkins (Little Hartley Music)

Status:  FINALIST

Awards:  MusicOZ Awards Best Instrumental Song

 

2006 Song:  Dance of the Penguins  (Angel Above my Piano) - Fiona Joy Hawkins (Little Hartley Music)

Status:  FINALIST

Awards:  MusicOz Awards Best Classical Composition

 

Other Awards for Finalist include:  Just Plain Folks 2009, Unisong Awards 2009, NAR Music Awards 2008, 

Hollywood Music Awards 2008, Australian Songwriters Awards – 2007, LA Music Awards – Frosted View – Dance category2007, John Lennon Song Writing Competition  2007, Piano Heaven, One World Music. All Stars Radio Best New Age Artist 2013.

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