Kendall artist wins Grammy
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Kendall pianist and singer Fiona Joy.RELATED CONTENT: The Grammys red carpet | Photos
THERE was no designer dress, red carpet walk, shoulder rubbing with music celebs or lavish award ceremony after-party.
New age pianist and singer Fiona Joy was sitting in a hotel room in her pyjamas and checking emails, when she heard the news Winds of Samara, a collaborative album with Wouter Kellerman and Ricky Kej on which she wrote the song Grace, grabbed the gong for Best New Age Album at the 2015 Grammy Awards on Sunday.
As one of two songwriters on the album, the Kendall performer named best new age artist in 2013, was thrilled to have taken out the prestigious award in a music genre that enjoys an international niche market.
And the hills will be alive with the sound of music when Fiona Joy returns to the mid north coast this week to bunker down once again with her beloved handcrafted Stuart and Sons piano to work on an exciting new collaborative new age beats and arts project with local artists Leanne Prussing and Brad Dybert.
Describing herself as a “small town country piano player”, Fiona Joy said while the award is recognition for the artistic integrity of the album, the longevity of her music means so much more.
“I received an email from a mum who had lost a baby 10 years ago. They named her Grace. Ten years later they had another little girl and named her Sophie Grace,” Fiona Joy said.
“She told me my song helped her through that difficult time in her life. It is so nice that my music stands the test of time and can mean so much to someone else.
“It was the perfect email to receive at the most perfect time. I made that music for the right reason.
Kendall pianist and singer Fiona Joy.
“I’m hoping to attend the International ZMR Radio Awards in May to perform it live in New Orleans at the Joy Theatre. It’s a good guess that the album may take out one of the major awards there also.”
Fiona Joy has released nine albums in her music career and runs her own independent indie label Little Hartley Music from her own backyard.
Classically trained as a pianist, Fiona Joy’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. She 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,” she said.
She is hoping her new album Signature will achieve as much international success as 600 Years in a Moment, which was lauded one of the best new age albums of 2013.
It is a fitting start to 2015 for the 51-year-old performer who has not let anything get in the way of her art.
After returning to Newcastle to live with her parents for a short time, Fiona Joy was left without a piano and would sneak into the Conservatorium of Music under the guise of being a student to get her fix of the ivory keys.
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