EILEEN JOYCE (HARVEY )
SINGER /SONGWRITER EILEEN This powerful compelling vocalist can belt out funky blues vocals and also pours the sweetest sultry tones into jazz ballads and swinging dance tunes. She is intriguing to watch live and inspiring to listen to in any medium.
Born in Dartmouth Nova Scotia she has taken her music around the world via the internet and radio shows in the US , Germany, Britain , Yugoslavia, Belgium, France and the UK .
Eileen was born into musical family and was exposed to many different types of jazz, blues and classical, and broadway style music in her childhood . The Rand B of the sixties and seventies certainly have left stamp in Eileen’s life, also. If you listen to her music you can hear this clearly
Eileen’s most recent privilege was to sing”Bluesman” at the award ceremony for Dutch Mason ‘s induction into the Order of Canada, at the Lt. Governors House in Halifax
Eileen Joyce has experience of many facets of the music industry, particularly in her dedicated promotion of the Atlantic Canadian Blues and other artists. She was founder and president of Blues East from 1995-98 which produced two well loved Blues festivals. Although Blues East is no longer active, Eileen co-founded the East Coast Blues Society in 2002 which shares the vision of the original group with the organizational power of an experienced board.
Eileen is proud to have been a member and soloist with the acclaimed group THE NOVA SCOTIA MASS CHOIR in the 90's, touring nationally and internationally for five years. The choir experience was an enriching and rewarding one with the release of two CD’s. “Never Failed Me Yet” won an ECMA for BEST GOSPEL BLUES ARTISTS in 1996. Eileen Joyce featured as a soloist in the two seasons of CBC TV’s HALLELUJAH, with its 26 episodes still playing in syndication on Vision TV. The choir has performed with The Holmes Brothers, Mavis Staples Lennie Gallant, Martha Reeves and many more.
She has been the producer and artistic director of her own annual show LADIES IN BLUE from 1998-2005.
As an Early Childhood Educator, Eileen’s love of children has always contributed to her lifelong passion for developing and teaching music and drama classes for young children. She enjoys creating original compositions, including an interactive musical play for school aged children “Ugga and the Music”. She is also working on her first children’s cd to accompany some of her childrens’ books.
Eileen will be touring to support the release of her new cd “Bluesman“ in 2007 .
Blueman, a tribute
The newest project Bluesman a tribute was brought on by the sad death of one of Nova Scotia’s favourite blues men Rick Jeffery, singer and songwriter guitarist, harpist and best known for his many years in Dutch Mason’s band. Eileen wrote a song Bluesman,inspired by the life of the bluesmen she knew and , the cd was a labour of love . Eileen invited friends Joe Murphy, Dutch Mason , John Campbelljohn and George Antoniak and Charlie A’court to sing and play a duets with her on her tribute to the NS bluesman. Bill Harvey also recorded his song Chocolate Blues for the cd. The cd is rounded out with wonderful songs that Eileen and Bill composed such as Every Shade of Blue an R&B soon to be classic and Why do you Look so Good , a rocking blues tune that is full of fun. Joined once again by a great band Danny Sutherland on bass, Bill Harvey on piano Scott Ferguson on drums,George Antoiniak and Garret Mason on guitar, her daughter Nicole Ouellete and Melanie Donnely on back up vocals and produced at Ferguson Music Production This most recent effort was officially released in Aug and will hit the market by Oct 10 2006.
NO MORE BLUE TEARS
Eileen’s, NO MORE BLUE TEARS is true to the music she loves; Jazz, Blues and R&B. Featuring top Atlantic Canadian musicians and special guests Charlie A’Court and Woody Woods, her original material brings a fresh sound to the Maritime scene. This eclectic mix of Jazzy blues and Funky R&B was produced by Scott Ferguson at FERGUSON MUSIC PRODUCTION. Most material was composed in a collaboration between Eileen Joyce and pianist Bill Harvey with additional compositions and piano performance by Los Vegas pianist Woody Woods. Also included is a collaboration between Eileen and bassist Dan Sutherland.
NO MORE BLUES TEARS was released in Oct 2003
EILEEN IS PLANNING TO PERFORM INTERNATIONALLY AND NATIONALLY TO SUPPORT HER NEW CD RELEASE.
"Thanks for your great music and good luck."
Gustavo Rozenberg, Goodtime Blues Radio Show, Argentina.
"….you will have really no problems, to inspire the listeners in bars, in small and intimate clubs or so.
It's not only your voice, that will fascinate the people, your band is doing a great job too.
All the best for your future and all the success, that you deserve."
Erhard Albrecht, Radio Show Host, Bremerhaven, Germany. “Joyce makes it all look so easy. She has a voice that makes you want to sit up and listen and she sings form the heart . “ Atlantic Gig1997
“Eileen Joyce is one of the big voices of the east coast” Daily News, Sandy MacDonald