about the artist
Joanna Borromeo is an accomplished vocalist, keyboard player and songwriter. Fusing musical ingredients from R&B, jazz, gospel, hip hop and pop is an endeavour she takes great care in. She's known among peers and critics to make good music, day or night, home or abroad, and venture off into different corners of music exploration.
Style is not affected in the case of Joanna Borromeo. Rather, her music rings true with many listeners. Her's is soul music in the purest sense; she's centred in her delivery and is unapologetic. There is power behind her voice, but her greatest trademark is having the ability to rise and fall with emotional intent, and croon like a modern-day Nina Simone. Whether she's at a piano or a rhodes, she's in command. Her roots in classical training have distilled into musical instinct that transcends genres. What remains is a level of freedom that allows her to sing simultaneously overtop infectious grooves, which can excite or induce a soft, soulful awakening. Naturally, this amount of freedom gives room for intricate detail in her music. The nature of her sound is not overly complex, however, and it's clear that she has something to offer everyone.
from early days to now
In 2010, Joanna Borromeo turned the heads of audiophiles and members of the underground urban music scene with her first independent EP, Through The Dark. It was an album that brilliantly captured the depth and range of talent that the young artist first stepped forward with. The record landed on a range of Top 10 radio charts for R&B, Hip Hop and Jazz. Selections from the record also garnered wins from the John Lennon Songwriting Competition and Great American Song Contest. Interestingly though, Through the Dark was a test-run in record production for the Canadian-born independent artist. During that time, she was actively involved with a number of bands as a full-fledged freelance musician, covering a diverse list of musical genres including gospel, hip hop, alternative soul, indie rock/country, folk/singer-songwriter, Afro-Caribbean jazz fusion, and "rootsy" instrumental folk-jazz.
Three years following the release of Through the Dark, Joanna put forth a solid full-length record. While seamlessly threading elements of R&B, jazz and hip hop, Joanna made a record that was undeniably soulful and polished with pop-like sensibilities. The songs, though diverse as they were, maintained a common ground. And fittingly, she called it Kaleidoscope.
Shortly after Kaleidoscope was released, Joanna received nation-wide recognition from the Canadian music industry. Kaleidoscope brought Joanna a Juno Award nomination for R&B/Soul Recording of the Year and a Western Canadian Music Award nomination for Urban Recording of the Year. The record also caught the attention of music blogs such as BamaLoveSoul.com, SoulBounce, and The Next 2 Shine, and landed at #9 on the National Jazz Charts in Canada within a week of its release.
Currently, Joanna is happily back in experimentation mode, touring regularly through California and writing new material for her next EP. Not wanting to leave her quickly developing fan base without a taste of what's to come, she's released a few demo singles that see her go deeper into more electronic versions of R&B and hip hop, as seen in her most popular singles, "Wanna Love You" and "Sun Come In".
At the end of the day, Joanna Borromeo is a passionate artist of soul/jazz music. Being one who can confidently take a run at whatever kind of music she sets her eyes on makes her an emerging artist to keep our eyes on.