Joanne Shaw Taylor is an English-born blue rock guitarist who has been in the music industry since she was just sixteen and has made a name for herself through her smoky, blues sounding voice and original music. Born and bred in the Black Country, England, but spending much of her time in Detroit, Michigan, Joanne found her blues inspiration from artists such as Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jimi Hendrix, and Albert Collins.
About Joanne Shaw Taylor
Road to Success
At the young age of just thirteen, Joanne picked up her first ever electric guitar and since then she has been hooked. As soon as she left school at 16, she managed to get her big break that would kick off the successful music career she has today. Since her debut in 2002 alongside D.U.P. on tour in Europe, Joanne has been busy recording six of her own albums as well as playing lead guitar for Annie Lennox’s band in 2012 at the Diamond Jubilee Concert in London.
Although Joanne had never written her own song until she was 21, when she did, boy did it make an impact. In 2008, Ruf Records snapped up the budding artist and in 2009 her debut album, White Sugar, was released. This album was a great success and as a result, Joanne received a nomination for ‘Best New Artist Debut’ at the British Blues Awards and also won ‘Best British Female Vocalist’ in both the 2010 and 2011 events.
More Recent Ventures
The last five years has been busy for Joanne and has seen her release a further three albums, including Almost Always Never and The Dirty Truth which was recorded in Memphis, Tennessee with the help of producer, Jim Gaines. The bluesy babe is preparing to release another album late 2016 entitled Wild, in time for her upcoming UK headline tour that will start in October. Joanne has also played at several festivals and alongside some great artists such as one of her heroes, B.B. King.