Fiona Joy

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‘The feel of Into the Mist brings back to mind… Immediately…the wonderful years of Windham Hill…’

David Robinson, Editor-in-Chief of Positive Feedback

On the eve of her audiophile release of Into the Mist (Blue Coast Records/Sony Hi-Res Audio), Australian Pianist & Singer Fiona Joy reflects on a busy year having completed several Australian concerts with her Blue Dream Ensemble at the Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre and the Sydney Women's International Jazz Festival after returning from the third major tour of China.

Additionally, Fiona’s 2016 release Signature Synchronicity is nominated for Best Piano Album and Album of the Year in and global airplay ZMR Awards. The album so far has won two categories in the Independent Music Awards, a Finalist in the International Acoustic Music Awards, Hollywood Music in Media Awards and the USA Song-writing Competition.

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. Her recording schedule for 2017 includes Blue Coast Records solo piano release (SACD/CD/DSD) Into the Mist and FLOW.

FLOW is A New Age music group with Grammy Award Winning Guitarist Will Ackerman. Fiona Joy features on piano/vocals with Guitarist Lawrence Blatt and Flugelhorn artist Jeff Oster and will release 'FLOW' late 2017. Inspired by the iconic Windham Hill ensembles to capture the essence of today’s New Age music, 'FLOW' was recorded at Imaginary Road Studios with Producers Will Ackerman (Founder Windham Hill Records) and Tom Eaton and will be a ground breaking release.

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)

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 for 600 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.

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-res 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".  

Producer of 4 of Fiona’s albums, Will 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.

“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.”  Music Reviewer Michael Diamond

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.

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

- Will Ackerman, Founder of Windham Hill Records

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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.

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
    1. Signature - Synchronicity - CD, DSD
    2. 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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