Ones To Watch: JoAnna Lee
Location: Austin, Texas
Ladies, gentlemen and undecided… welcome to your earworm of the summer. It’s The Real Thing, it’s the debut single from singer-songwriter JoAnna Lee, it’s released on 28th July – and it’s utterly gorgeous. The album, So Free, follows on 22nd September.
‘I wrote this song about a boy who walked into a bar,’ explains JoAnna during the video for the acoustic version of The Real Thing, which comes as a bonus track on the single.
‘I couldn’t take my eyes off him. I got his name and number, and we had fun. And that’s all I’m going to say about that!’
Hailing from small-town Oregon, JoAnna Lee currently calls Austin, Texas – where the streets are paved with music – home. Her family – including grandmother JoAnne Riddle on piano and grandfather Janpa on chromatic harmonica – sowed the musical seeds, and by the time she was six she’d already graced a stage or three.
‘Having these experiences and people who helped build and show me life through music is why I have such a passion for it,’ says JoAnna. ‘It is one of the core elements that ties all of us together in this world.’
Split-screen 20 years later, and JoAnna had moved to Austin to pursue what comes naturally – which is when the right doors started opening. Her talent pricked the ears of multi-platinum selling producer Dwight Baker, with whom JoAnna worked closely to hone her sound – luscious, soulful pop with just the right amount of grit.
Another break came when she was invited by Les Cutmore to open for Deep Purple at the Dubai International Music Festival – soon after that, JoAnna was signed to Cutmore Records.
And the public are cottoning on in their droves. The Real Thing has surpassed 100,000 views on YouTube, with JoAnna’s beautiful acoustic version not far behind on 40,000. Her official Facebook is knocking on 12k likes, and The Real Thing is gaining solid play on US radio stations.
Oh, and we didn’t say JoAnna Lee is ‘the real thing’, because that would’ve been far too easy.
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