About Joanna Borromeo
When she came up with the name “Kaleidoscope”, Joanna Borromeo had finally pieced together the final touches for her sophomore album. While each song had its own story to tell, the songs collectively represented a cohesive whole, one that chronicled Joanna's recent progression through love, hardship and reconciliation.
Kaleidoscope is an album lush with beautiful ballads and hypnotic, head-bobbing up-tempo grooves. It represents Joanna's propensity to think like an architect, fusing jazz and soulful R&B with pop-like sensibilities. At a distance, one can appreciate the seamless meld of musical styles and upon closer inspection, one realizes the richness of detail built into her songs. That isn't to say that Joanna's music is limited to intellect. Joanna is a consummate singer/pianist whose self-expression comes from a lifelong practice of engaging her intuition through years of exploring the music of classical and jazz masters. Complimentary to that, Joanna's love for everything groovy under the sun (Motown, neo-soul, disco-funk, hip hop, latin music and R&B) has contributed to her unique sound, making her the artist's artist, comfortable and confident on any stage and in front of any audience.
Kaleidoscope has been nominated for Urban Recording of the Year at the 2013 Western Canadian Music Awards in Canada. Her record has reached #9 on the National Jazz Charts and has been included in several Top Ten Hip Hop, Funk and Soul Charts on college and community radio stations. Earlier this year, Joanna toured the US and Canada, performing in some of North America's most famous music venues for jazz and pop, including Yoshi's and Cafe du Nord in San Francisco, and The Celebrity Showroom at The Nugget Casino in Reno. She's also captivated audiences at the Toronto Jazz Festival, Sylvan Lake's Jazz at the Lake Festival, and BreakOut West.
Like a musical chameleon, Joanna has worked with several of Canada's most talented artists: Divine Brown, David Myles, Raffi, Joel Plaskett, Dragon Fli Empire, Slakah the Beatchild, God Made Me Funky, Saidah Baba Talibah and more. She has shared the stage with international acts including Jools Holland and His Blues Orchestra, Measha Brueggergosman, Tingsek, Jeremy “Passion”, Nicole Atkins, Mike Phillips, The Sadies, Kelly Rowland, Maceo Parker and many others.
To classify Joanna Borromeo as a soul/jazz artist is to limit the scope of her music. At the heart of it, Joanna is as authentic as they come, requiring no framework to do her thing, which is to bring something distinct and fresh in the Canadian soul music scene.
"She’s got a sweet voice, but it’s incredibly powerful and full of so much soul it’s almost frightening. It’s magically smooth, almost as if she took all the grit of soul music and added a bit of polish. Truly, a gifted singer with a very simple and heartfelt writing style."
-I Am PR Agency (March 2013)
"Kaleidoscope...is a consistently remarkable blend of Pop, Soul and Jazz. Each song is masterfully crafted and produced, making Kaleidoscope a contender for one of the best independent Soul releases of the year."
-The Next 2 Shine's Watch List (March 2013)
"Kaleidoscope is very well put together in every sense of the phrase. The instrumentation is tight throughout, the vocals never falter, and the format is, in my opinion, immaculate."
-Might Andy, BamaLoveSoul.com (March 2013)
"Spectacular jazz vocals."
-Exclaim! Magazine (February 2013)
"Sexy and majestic."
-The Fly (February 2013)
"When an outstanding musician, better yet a drummer, tells you to check out an artist trust they just dropped a musical gem on you!....The musicality, her soulful vocal instrument and the album recording is so in your face and so sonically pleasing..."
-Really Not Radio (January 2013)
"Joanna's the real deal. In an age of mass-produced "artistry" and pimply-faced YouTube wannabes, she stands apart. She's clearly done her homework, having studied the legendary and contemporary voices of R & B and Soul music. But Joanna's gone that necessary step further: she's synthesized her many influences into a style that pays homage to the greats without resorting to clichés, or pure mimicry. Joanna's emerged as the artist's artist, with a unique and refreshing sound. I can only hope the industry will fully embrace her and her music for its virtuosity, depth, brilliance, and sheer greased-up funkiness!"
-Andrew Craig, CBC Radio (November, 2012)
"[Kaleidoscope] is Joanna's sophomore solo release. She's an incredible pianist, vocalist and songwriter. When all combined she turns out some awesome R&B with a mix of eclectic flavour and pop sensibility."
-Radtastic, CSJW 90.9 FM (November, 2012)
Artists/Bands Joanna has performed and shared the stage with:
Dragon Fli Empire, Nuela Charles, Mike Phillips (Stevie Wonder), Mark Sexton Band, Jocelyn & Lisa, David Myles, Kate Rogers, Divine Brown, Slakah the Beatchild, Tingsek, Ebrahim Lakhani, The Outlanders, Saidah Baba Talibah, Miles Jones, Soular, Shugga, Kalabash, God Made Me Funky, Molly Johnson, Jackie Richardson, Ada Lee, Kelly Lee Evans, Alana Bridgewater, The Gospel Christmas Project.
Artists Joanna has toured with:
David Myles, Divine Brown, Slakah the Beatchild, Kate Rogers Band, God Made Me Funky, Kalabash.
Artists/Producers Joanna has recorded with:
Dragon Fli Empire, Ghosts of Venice, Bitfunk, Häzel, David Myles, Joel Plaskett, Raffi, Spencer Cheyne, Craig Newnes.