Extremely influenced by diverse styles of music such as R&B, gospel, blues, classical, jazz and Latin music, not to mention that she was born in the same neighborhood as the the legendary Tito "Mambo King", Puente. Joyce Yuille's admiration for divas such as Billie Holiday, Nina Simone, Etta James, Sarah Vaughn, Chaka Khan and all time favourite, unfortunately not well known internationally Phyllis Hyman, whom she's been vocally compared to on numerous occasions, have helped her to create a personal style that is respectfully appreciated and admired by her audience. However, her heart and soul is what is primarily felt during her performances, her ability to touch the public profoundly and always leaving them with a “special feeling” and something warm to take home.
After relocating to Milan, during her freshman years of the Italian lifestyle, she joined with two musicians and they formed the group 3*D. The group recorded a cover version of Toto’s Georgy Porgy and the track was stylishly remixed by JP “Bluey” Maunick of Incognito fame and by Steve Lyon. With the latter remixing the whole project entitled “Deep Inside” on Sony/Tristar. After having U.S. success with the song the group unfortunately faced difficulties and was forced to retire.
But that didn’t stop Joyce in her tracks as she continued on a road that would bring her many other opportunities.
Joyce has had the chance to work with many well-known Italian and international artists such as Paolo Conte, Randy Crawford, Ron, Donna Summer, Laura Pausini, Elio e Le Storie Tese, Toto Cotugno, Andrea Mingardi, The Blues Bros. Band, Eddie Floyd, Ronan Keating and renown disco diva Gloria Gaynor with whom she had a recurrent role (2004- 2010) as a backing singer during her Italian tours and European performances. There have also been a number of television appearances on Italian television such as Canale 5, TMC and Rai. She has also been featured on a number of commercial and radio jingles. Not being known to get stuck in just one place, Joyce also dabbed into other areas of music such as house and dance in which her voice was featured on numerous singles, some of which reached the top European Dance charts.
However, Joyce’s smooth and deep vocal talents are more easily recognized and at home with jazz which is her primary style of music along with blues where she has demonstrated her get down “nitty-gitty” style.
Joyce still continues to demonstrate her talents and more than often performs at numerous jazz and blues festivals in Italy and around Europe, participating at events such as the Umbria Jazz Festival(Italy), 5 editions of the Rapperswil Blues & Jazz Festival (Switzerland), Ascona Blues Festival (Switzerland),Trasimeno Blues Italy), Mantova Music Festival (Italy),Treviso Blues Festival (Italy), MaraJazz 14° (Italy), Donne In Jazz(Italy), World Festival on the Beach (Italy), Alma Jazz Festival (Italy), Ferrara in Jazz (Italy), Jazz Is Back (Croatia). She has also had the opportunity to grace the stages of clubs such as Baluardo Della Cittadella (Modena), The Corner Inverness Live (Treviso), BP Club (Zagabria), Bravo Caffè (Bologna), La Scuderia (Bologna), La Salumeria della Musica (Milano), The Sporting Club (Nice) and most recently with her jazz 4tet a “sold out” evening at the Blue Note (Milano)...Along with many, many more. There are still many territories to explore and Joyce definitely has enough spirit, stamina and “determination” to explore them all.
...She will continue for as long as it takes to touch the whole world.
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Hey Joyce Elaine, I happen to notice that you wanted to be friends so I thought to check out some of your music. YOU SOUND GREAT!!!! It was a pleasure to listen to you and you're arrangement of Another Star is great. All the best to you!!!
Hello, Joyce, my name is Kim Horn. I too am a vocalist trying to get my name back out there. May I ask your reason for moving to Italy? Besides the beautiful country and the love of American Music. Would it behoove me to come out there as a male vocalist who is doing what your doing? I have been compared to Billy Ekstine, Johnny Hartman, Lou Rawls to name a few. Kim
I feel so blessed to have had the honor of listening to your fantastic voice this evening. I am home ill tonight and was feeling down as I had to opt. out of my show tonight as the Dr. me on bed rest for three days. Listening to your music helps me feel closer to the music. Thank you so much. I may not be able to go to work tonight but listening to you velvet voice runs a close second. You are wonderful. Thank you so much for sharing your great gifts and talents!
Jaijai, what a wonderful mission you've undertaken to create such a place for artistic minds to meet and share their hearts. A place to renew faded determinations, and revive lessened momentums. A place to display our wares and reconfirm to one another that we actually are on the right track.
I commend you, Jaijai, for caring so much that you created this castle of the heart for all of us. I want to share my praise for all of the new friends as well as old friends that I've met and will meet here in our castle. Here we can garnish the where-with-all, the strength, the conviction, and the selflessness through our symbiosis, to share our gift to the world with an unbiased agenda.
My mentor, Daisaku Ikeda says of art: "A beautiful flower delights and refreshes the hearts of all people equally, no matter what soil it grows in. That is the power of beauty. The same is true of great art. It is this spirit that the German poet Heinrich Heine sang of when he wrote that once the peapod bursts open, the sugar peas inside are for everyone to enjoy."
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