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

 

As 2016 unfolds, Australian Pianist, Producer & Singer Fiona Joyisreadying her new album -- Signature Synchronicity -- for worldwide release on March 18, 2016, simultaneously preparing for another grand tour of China, a new recording session in the U.S., and a feature concert with her Blue Dream Ensemble at the Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre (Sydney) -- an extension of the Sydney Women's International Jazz Festival – scheduled for August 2016.  She releases Signature Synchronicity for pre-sale on February 20, 2016, a fully-instrumental album that complements Signature Solo, a solo piano version of ten pieces originally recorded and released by Blue Coast Records as CD, SACD and DSD for her audiophile fans.

 

Fiona looks forward to reconnecting with her fans in China, who’ve have nicknamed her 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. It’s a style that will serve her new album well, considering it is inspired by modern-day fairytales.  A prolific composer, she has always been interested in creating music that evokes images, emotions and stories.

 

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.

 

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.”  

The year 2015 set the stage for the whirlwind that is 2016. 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 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

 

 

AWARDS:

Songs:

Song: 'Grace '     

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

Status:  Winner

Award: GRAMMY Best New Age album.

Year: 2015

 

Song: 'Ceremony'  

Album: Signature- Solo, Fiona Joy (Tiny Island Music/Blue Coast Records) 

Status: Finalist

Awards: International Acoustic Music Awards  

Year: 2015

 

Song: 'Tango on Wednesday:

album: 600 Years in a Moment, Fiona Joy Hawkins ( Little Hartley Music)

Status:  Runner Up

Awards:  International Acoustic Music Awards 

Year: 2014

 

Song: The Journey:

album: 600 Years in a Moment, Fiona Joy Hawkins ( Little Hartley Music)

Status:  Finalist

Awards:  Independent Music Awards

Year: 2014

 

Song:  Blue Dream

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

Status:  WINNER

Award:  MusicOZ Awards - Best Classical.

Year: 2008

 

Song:  Frosted View

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

Awards:  MusicOZ Awards Best Instrumental Song

Year: 2007

 

Song:  Dance of the Penguins

Album:  Angel Above my Piano - Fiona Joy Hawkins (Little Hartley Music)

Status:  Finalist

Awards:  MusicOz Awards Best Classical Composition

Year: 2006

 

ALBUMS:

Album: 600 Years in a Moment

Status:  Winner

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

Year: 2014

 

Album: 600 Years in a Moment

Status:  Finalist

Award: ZMR International voted Radio Awards Album of the Year

Year: 2014

 

Album:  Sensual Journeys

Status: Finalist

Award:  Independent Music Awards

Year: 2013

 

Album:  LIVE at the Q

Status:  Finalist

Award:  Independent Music Awards Best LIVE performance

Year: 2014

 

Album:  Christmas Joy 

Status:  Finalist

Award: ZMR Radio Voted Awards Best Holiday Album 

Year: 2011

 

Album:  Blue Dream 

Status:  WINNER

Award ZMR Radio Voted Awards - Album of the Year

Year: 2009

 

Album:  Blue Dream

Status: WINNER

Award:  ZMR Radio Voted Awards - Best Piano Album

Year: 2009

 

Album:  Blue Dream

Status:  WINNER

Award: ZMR Radio Voted Awards - Best Contemporary Instrumental Album

Year: 2009

 

Album: Blue Dream

Status:  Finalist

Award:  ARIA (Australia) Best World Music Album

Year: 2009

 

Album:  ICE - Piano Slightly Chilled 

Status:   Winner

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

Year: 2008

 

 

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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