Australian Contemporary Instrumentalist Fiona Joy's evocative piano and ethereal vocals have earned international acclaim. Her song 'Grace' featured on the the New Age Grammy Winning Album Winds of Samsara in 2015.
“Fiona Joy's music is a cross between George Winston's simple melodies and Ludovico Einaudi's musical sophistication” Cookie Marenco, Five time Grammy nominated Producer -Blue Coast Records.
When Fiona Joy teamed up with Cookie Marenco, Blue Coast Records' founder, she may not have known that her recent album Signature - Solo would be a ground breaking recording as Fiona's first solo piano album recorded live to analog tape and Blue Coast Records first native double DSD release.
As women in fields dominated by men, these cutting edge leaders decided to do something spectacular together. Recording solo piano on two-inch" analog tape, mixing to Double DSD and selling album downloads that are eight times larger than CDs would create the showpiece they wanted.
Blue Coast Records has partnered with Sony to provide music to this new high resolution music consumer. Marenco says, "Fiona's melodic solo piano and masterful performances are the perfect music to debut the kind of clarity double DSD audio brings to the home listener".
Though her native country is Australia, Fiona Joy is known through out the world for her melodic songs and lush arrangements. One of the songs on the album, Grace, has already achieved notoriety by reaching #1 on the Billboard charts when it was performed by South African flautist Wouter Kellerman and India's Ricky Kej.
Fiona Joy is no stranger to acoustic instrumental music. She has several award winning albums produced by Will Ackerman, founder of Windham Hill. Ackerman says, “One of the brightest lights in the contemporary instrumental genre, Fiona Joy is poised to move into stardom."
Fiona Joy won the internationally voted radio award (ZMR) for Best Piano Album 2103 and also the 2013 Runner up for Best Instrumental Song in the International Acoustic Music Awards and was also named Best New Age Artist for 2013. After touring extensively in the US and Australia, Fiona earned a nomination along with Pete Seeger for Best LIVE Performance album in the Independent Music Awards.
The family home was filled with music."My father played Jesus in the Tamworth Musical Society production of Jesus Christ Superstar, Andrew Lloyd Webber's music was part of our lives." Classically trained as a pianist, Fiona's music is thematic and melodic. With a keen eye on film she has always been interested in creating music that evokes images and emotions and tells a story. Fiona first began playing and writing music as a child and cites Ravel's Bolero as an early influence. "I played it over and over and deconstructed every part, I absolutely loved it," said Fiona. Other musical influences include: George Winston, Prokofiev and Mendelssohn.
In 2013 600 Years in a Moment was recorded on a hand-made Australian piano (Stuart and Sons) with ancient instruments around the world. The album has the distinctly Celtic Flavour of her ancestors while combining sounds from other cultures. Produced by Will Ackerman, Corin Nelsen and Hawkins herself, 600 Years in a Moment was also remixed into SACD multichannel surround sound 5.1 as well as on vinyl (double gatefold).
Only recently Fiona was introduced to Stuart and Sons Pianos after a move to Newcastle NSW. A friend suggested she visit one of his clients who made pianos. “The Stuart piano factory was literally two minutes from where I was living. It was an unfortunate time in my life where for over a year I had no piano at all. Then I met Wayne Stuart who offered his showroom full of concert grands for me to practice. I felt like I had won the lottery!”says Fiona.
With over 50 awards around the world, Fiona has worked with T-Bone Wolk (Hall & Oates), Tony Levin (Peter Gabriel, Dire Straits), Jeff Haynes (Pat Metheny), Eugene Friesen (Paul Winter Consort), Heather Rankin, Charlie Bisharat (Shadowfax) and Rebecca Daniel (ACO) plus many others.
Earlier Quotes. “Fiona’s Blue Dream album was the most ambitious project of my entire career and resulted in one of the most remarkable collaborations this genre has ever known. Blue Dream is unique and I’m as proud of it as anything I’ve ever worked on in my 35 year career of Grammy Awards and gold /platinum records.” Will Ackerman (Founder Windham Hill Records)
“Blue Dream represents the very best of this music genre and follows in the great tradition of artists such as George Winston. This beautifully crafted album has already been hailed in the US as a work of pure genius”. ABC Music Australia
“Hawkins enters the realm of masterful” Smoothjazz FM.
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PORTRAIT OF A WATERFALL
ANGEL ABOVE MY PIANO
ICE - PIANO SLIGHTLY CHILLED
BLUE DREAM CD AND SA-CD
MUSIC FOR MASSAGE
CHRISTMAS JOY CD AND SA-CD
LIVE at THE Q with the Blue Dream Ensemble
600 Years in a Moment (CD/SACD/Vinyl)
Signature - Solo (Blue Coast Records)