THE STORY SO FAR..
Jodie-Joy is a adult contemporary pop singer, songwriter and entertainer with a powerful soprano voice and impressive vocal range. Her passion for music has taken her all over the world and allowed her to develop an impressive musical repertoire spanning genres as diverse as vintage pop/soul, dance and classical music.
IN THE BEGINNING (BACKGROUND)
As the daughter and grand-daughter of internationally acclaimed operatic tenors it is probably not surprising to hear that Jodie-Joy started singing almost as soon as she could talk! She commenced her formal training in music and classical vocals under her grandfather Donald Sydney Smith O.B.E privately at Queensland Conservatorium of Music.
Since then Jodie-Joy has continued to study contemporary vocal techniques with recognized teachers including Timothy Collins (Sydney McDonald College) and Lee McCrae, training in the ‘Seth Rigs’ style of singing and later with Great Elkins (famous operatic soprano)
Jodie-Joy’s flawless stage presence and physical performance skill can be attributed to extensive training in both contemporary and traditional dance styles, as well as masterclasses that have allowed her to hone her acting and musical theatre abilities.
MY BIG BREAK (SINGER/SONGWRITER)
Jodie-Joy kick-started her career as an entertainer at major Gold Coast attraction Movie World, where she performed as a host of characters including iconic superstars Marilyn Monroe and Madonna.
At18 she won a scholarship to NIDA and just 19 she was chosen to be understudy to the lead role in the QPAC production of the Merry Widow Operetta, and also began writing her own original music with multi-platinum selling artist, Daniel Jones (Savage Garden)
But her big break came when she burst onto television screens around Australia as a contestant in Channel 10’s “Pop Stars” series. After making it through to the final ten, she was voted most popular contestant by the public and selected to be part of girl group, Bardot.
The exposure lead to Jodie-Joy being offered regular guest artist spots on Australian TV shows like Good News Week, where she had the opportunity to sing with the 'Sandman', collaborate with show host Paul McDermott, and artists such as Rockmelons, Paul Mac (Eleven/Emi) and Phil Burton of Human Nature (Sony).
The highlight of this experience was performing as the opening act for the Logie Awards as part of newly formed girl group the “Pop Tarts”, under the guidance of Midnight Oil’s manager, Garry Morris.
MAKING MUSIC (RECORDING ARTIST)
Fresh from her national television debut it wasn’t long before Jodie-Joy caught the attention of EMI and Decca Classics but it was producer Hayden Bell, who was quick to sign and develop her talent.
Her debut album “I Still Believe” was released by Columbia Records in Japan, and opened the door to further performance and songwriting opportunities both at home and abroad. She went on to sign with Suprime Records (Cascada), exclusively for the UK dance market but unfortunately both deals where short lived due to record company constraints.
Since then Jodie-Joy has worked with the cream of Australia’s songwriters and international producers including Thomas Who (Shannon Noll), Audius (Delta Goodrem)
She has continued to forge her own path as a recording artist, and released independently her live album "Past & Present' in 2013. This album was a direct reponse to her fans pleas for her live recorded versions of her renditions of classic covers she performed as part of her successful one-woman cabaret show, and as a special touch including some never been heard dance originals.
MAKING A SPLASH (SHOW PRODUCER)
Finally back home Jodie-Joy threw herself into producing and performing in her own lavish stage shows, which have toured Australia and South East Asia. She has also produced major events and festivals with attendances in excess of 15,000 people, including highlights such as:
Cairns Reef Casino Show “Illusion Odyssey” – directed and produced 6 month season
“Auswrite” International Songwriting Festival – event assistant & performer
“Vegas Nights” Asian Tour – producer and lead performer
Gold Coast Earth Hour Event – event producer
She founded show production company Multiplay Entertainment of 10 years, portion sold in 2015 and previous to that conquered the corporate entertainment market, which she still is in demand as a solo entertainer and her band. Some feature performances included:
NYE Festival – GCC Council (15,000 people) - singer & producer
Channel 9 'Nrl Grand Final Lunch' – lead singer/dancer, opening act
Salt Village “Opera In The Park” – lead soprano/producer (3000+ People)
Ongoing residencies at 5 star hotels, restaurants and annual festival
WHAT'S NEXT? (THE FUTURE)
Jodie is passionate about helping aspiring artists develop their careers which she promotes daily through her music school MMC. Unfolded further in her documentary ‘Almost Famous - story of the independent artist’, which shortly followed her US tour December 2014 and her independent release 'JJ' self titled EP hit airwaves in 2015. 2016 started with a bang of live performances with her new band in Australia, voted top 10 on Reverbnation and Independent International music charts.
Playing live with her band locally raising her family as a single mum, Jodie is set to release her next album, off the back of her latest single 'Love Hate' released May 2019 in aid of raising funding for Domestic Violence awareness. The single was produced by well known US born blues guitarist Louie Shelton and in it's first week reached number 1 in Australia on Reverbnation charts.
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