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.
Since the start of her solo artist career in 2009, Ms. Borromeo has released two records - Through the Dark (2010) and Kaleidoscope (2013). Her sophomore release earned the talented musician, songwriter and producer a Juno Award nomination for R&B/Soul Recording of the Year (2014) and a Western Canadian Music Award for Urban Recording of the Year (2013). She has also achieved recognition outside of Canada for her songwriting as a winning finalist for the 2009 Great American Song Contest and the 2010 John Lennon International Songwriting Competition. Since the release of Kaleidoscope, Ms. Borromeo has so far released three musically diverse singles, including a music video entitled, "I Don't Mind" (see below), and will continue to release new music in 2015. With the deeply soulful and hiphop-tinged releases of "Wanna Love You" in February 2014 and "Sun Come In" in May, her style and sound has reached electronic music listeners worldwide, proving that her sound is accessible to an even wider audience than first imagined.
Ms. Borromeo has played at the following Canadian music festivals: the Edmonton International Jazz Festival, BreakOut West and JUNOFest. She's also had the pleasure of opening for established acts including Madeleine Peyroux, Michael Phillips (Stevie Wonder) and Nicole Atkins. 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, NXNE, the Trinidad and Tobago Steel Pan and Jazz Festival, the UK Festival, and more. Joanna Borromeo now tours through California frequently and has played in well-established venues such as Yoshi's San Francisco, The Blue Whale and The Celebrity Ballroom (The Nugget). In the Fall of 2015, she hopes to play her first show as a solo artist in the UK.
“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