The girl with the big voice from the Black Country...
Joanne Shaw Taylor has established herself as the UK’s number one star in the blues rock world. The girl with the big voice from the Black Country has toured extensively around the world and released critically acclaimed albums, gaining a global fanbase and playing alongside some of her musical idols.
Sold out concerts. Loyal fans. Her name in lights. Joanne Shaw Taylor never anticipated any of that at the start.
Back then, she was just an ordinary Black Country schoolgirl, bored with the disposable pop she heard on late 90s radio, rifling through her father’s record collection for sunken treasure, and falling for albums by Stevie Ray Vaughan, Albert Collins and Jimi Hendrix. At 13 she played her first electric guitar. Guitars were always lying around the house, says Joanne. At 14, she defied her teachers to play The Marquee and Ronnie Scott’s, and began to overcome insecurity about her voice.
Described in the press as 'A world class Blues talent' (Classic Rock), a thrilling guitarist and a powerful vocalist (Time Out) and possessing 'heart wrenching vocals' (Sunday Times), Joanne is now well and truly on her way in the music world.
Having received a nomination for Best New Artist Debut at the auspicious British Blues Awards for her album 'White Sugar', Joanne scooped consecutive wins in the Best British Female Vocalist bracket at both the 2010/2011 events: a haul that cements her position, as Blues Matters put it, 'as the new face of the blues'.
Since then, it’s gone stratospheric, with Joanne breaking into the notoriously hard-to-crack US market, beating the stereotypes of her age and gender, and being watched by 17 million viewers as she played an angel-winged solo during Annie Lennox’s set at the 2012 Diamond Jubilee Concert. That same summer gave us Almost Always Never; a bar-raising third album that found Joanne dodging expectations, writing the songs her muse dictated, and diving in at the deep end with just her talent to keep her afloat.
This April, she will be heading out on tour with another iconic performer, Wilko Johnson as his special guest.
“Who said white gals can’t play guitar? Killer licks, soaring solos and heart-wrenching vocals” The Sunday Times
“One of the country’s finest exponents of the blues” Rock Society
“A thrilling guitarist and a powerful vocalist” Time Out
“A worldclass blues talent” Classic Rock
“Joanne Shaw Taylor has enough soul to compete with the best the Mississippi Delta has to offer” The Sunday Telegraph
“Incredible, the queen of blues rock” Powerplay
“An exceptional talent, her formidable guitar playing and stunning soulful vocals are there or us all to adore when seen live. What makes her a cut above all the rest is her superb and heartfelt songwriting” Planet Rock
“God-given talent” Get Ready To Rock