"Folk soul spiritual sister with a vision delivers sing along pop gems..."-- Robby Baier
"JoAnne Spies is a cosmic bard with soul"-- Amber Chand
'For years JoAnne Spies has been devoted to her folk guitar, writing melodies that soared and lyrics that fluttered in the heart like white birds. Always your feet would tap ~ now your whole body will move. Collaborating with hip hop artist Jackson Whalan and musician producer Robby Baier, Giovanna's music starts with the elemental earth and moves through water, fire and air.'
"I absolutely love these songs! You did such a great job of bringing consciousness in to singable, danceable, and enjoyable hip music."
~ Henry Horning
"These songs are for celebration, moving meditation and transformation.
I hope you dance to these songs through the day with as much high energy and joy as I had creating them.
Over the years I've gone to noon DanceKinetics (now Yoga Dance) at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health and imagined my own songs playing as we all danced.
Thanks to SubStation team extraordinaire Jackson Whalan and Robby Baier for the musicianship and sensitivity they brought to our collaboration.
Many thanks to pioneer teachers Gabrielle Roth, Megha, Toni Bergins, Dan Leven and others for sharing the music and the means to move body and soul.
JoAnne Spies is a singer songwriter who collaborates with her audience in rhythm and sound explorations. She innovates performance, inviting the audience to literally walk with her, 'learning by going' where to go.
Recent works include "Karaoke Confession," "Trust" and "Courage" ~ guided tour/community performances created at the Norman Rockwell Museum the past three years for the Berkshire Festival of Women Artists.
Survivor Tree, written in honor of the callery pear tree that survived the blast at Ground Zero, was sung at Ground Zero with Jane Goodall officiating for International Day of Peace 2012.
For the past fourteen years JoAnne has headed up the Art Cart program for Community Access to the Arts, co-creating songs with elders and people with Alzheimer's in six Berkshire healthcare settings.
Her CD's include 2x3, Me & Melville, North Avenue Honey and Ecstatic Dances.
Honors include Massachusetts Cultural Council grants for "Me & Melville" and "Sounding Mohican Pathways," a composer and visual arts fellowship at the Millay Colony and a creative residency at Bascom Lodge on Mount Greylock.
released March 29, 2015
All songs written by JoAnne Spies
Produced by Robby Baier and Jackson Whalan at SubStation Studio, Housatonic, MA
Programming by Jackson Whalan
All instruments by Robby Baier and JoAnne Spies
Back Up Vocals by JoAnne Spies, Robby Baier and Jackson Whalan
Published through ASCAP
Copyright 2014 JoAnne Spies
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