Joanna Borromeo (pronounced “Boro-mayo”) is currently one of Canada's most promising emerging artists in the genres of soul, r&b and jazz. After spending nearly a decade developing on stage as a keyboard player and backup singer for numerous touring Canadian acts, it’s easy to recognize that she is an individual of true talent, worthy of the international stage.
Her sophomore album, Kaleidoscope, has gained major recognition in Canada since its release in March 2013. The record received a nomination for Urban Recording of the Year from the Western Canadian Music Awards and, most notably, a nomination for a 2014 JUNO Award (Canadian version of the Grammy's), for R&B/Soul Recording of the Year. As a performer, songwriter and music educator, Ms. Borromeo brings fresh inspiration to her listeners and students in the music scene.
As a solo artist, Ms. Borromeo has played at the following major Canadian music festivals: the Toronto International Jazz Festival, the Edmonton International Jazz Festival, BreakOut West and JUNOFest. As a side musician, she has performed at the Vancouver International Jazz Festival, the Saskatoon Jazz Festival, Pride Week Toronto, The East Coast Music Awards, and the Halifax Jazz and Blues Festival, among many others.
Ms. Borromeo is an accomplished classical pianist and a piano graduate of the jazz music degree program at Humber College in Toronto. Although she has no formal training as a vocalist, the emotion, vocal control and vivacity that Ms. Borromeo has is as strong as what she can give as a musician on the rhodes. While her musical background brings a certain polish to her music, her backbeat-heavy tracks tell us that heart will always remain committed to the fresh grooves of soul, funk, hip hop and classic R&B.
“Joanna is the kind of artist that stops you dead in your tracks. With today’s campus culture of earbuds and beelines to and from class, there are few artists who can draw an audience with seemingly so little effort. Simply put, her talent is engaging, speaks volumes and instantly absorbs the listener. I’ve witnessed her make quick converts of both casual listeners and music aficionados, inspiring the question of who she is, and how soon we can get her back. Featuring Joanna as part of our music and arts series was both an honor and a pleasure. We’re excited for her next appearance on campus and are thrilled to watch her career continue to blossom.”
- Marcus Rodriguez, Dir. Programs & Leadership, ASI, Cal State LA