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 known throughout the world for her melodic songs and lush arrangements, as well as her mesmerizingly ballet-like performance style on the concert stage. A prolific composer, she has always been interested in creating music that evokes images, emotions and stories; her latest series of works – the Signature collection, rolling out over the next two years – do just that in a very unique way.

 

Fiona’s upbringing was filled with music. She recalls that her father embracedAndrew 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.”

 

Fiona Joy, previously known as Fiona Joy Hawkins, is experiencing a breakout year in 2015, with multiple performances set for Australia, China and the USA in the first half of the year.  No stranger to the awards circuit, her evocative piano and ethereal vocals earned her the global broadcaster’s choice as Best Instrumental Piano Album for her multi-format album 600 Years in a Moment at the 2013 ZMR Awards. She contributed a version of her song “Grace” to Winds of Samsara (Ricky Kej and Wouter Kellerman), an album that achieved notoriety by reaching #1 on the Billboard charts and winning a GRAMMY® for Best New Age Album in 2015.  In recent years, Fiona Joy was also 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 an ARIA Finalist in 2008.

 

A poignantly spare solo version of Fiona’s song “Grace” is featured on her forthcoming album Signature – Solo, to be released in the U.S. by Tiny Island Records, a division of Blue Coast Records. Fiona recently signed to Blue Coast Records for high-fidelity recordings, as owner/producer Cookie Marenco has partnered with Sony Music to deliver hi-resolution music to discerning audiophile consumers.  On choosing to record and market Fiona’s music, 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 between George Winston's simple melodies and Ludovico Einaudi's musical sophistication."

 

Concert reviewer Michael Diamond attended Fiona’s 2014 Throckmorton Theatre concert in San Francisco, 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.” 

 

Fiona enjoys musical collaborations, and has worked with Will Ackerman, 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),  plus many others.

 

Will Ackerman, founder of both Windham Hill Records and Imaginary Road Studios, has embraced and encouraged Fiona’s music 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.” 

 

Moving beyond co-producing her own recordings, in 2014, she and Ackerman co-produced the successful debut album of Jennifer DeFrayne, titled By a Wire. Jennifer was nominated as Best New Artist in the 2015 ZMR Awards. 

 

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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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