AMAZING THINGS HAPPEN is written on the wall of Canadian singer songwriter Joanne Stacey’s home. It’s not because she’s naïve – it’s a testament to the triumphant overcoming of life’s obstacles to get to where she is now - writing, coaching, teaching, performing, and traveling as an inspirational speaker, sharing her music and stories.
In Stacey’s self-penned songs, such as Lonesome Rambler and I Am Home, one senses the wisdom of an old soul singing songs of hope, heartbreak, loss, sacrifice, bittersweet memories and let’s not forget strength. And Stacey boldly shines a light on some laid-to-rest darker sides of life, in songs such as, Back Against the Wall or Angel. With a voice like Jann Arden, K.T. Oslin and Lari White, Stacey embraces her roots in Americana when performing, delivering an artful blend of heartfelt vocals, with a fusion of folk, blues, country, & sometimes a touch of bluegrass.
Inspiring others to be their very best fills her soul, and when she isn’t chasing her own dreams, you will find her mentoring songwriters of all ages. With a career spanning over 20 years, Stacey’s many successes have come as a songwriter, a solo artist and as the lead singer in “Sister Girl”, one of her earlier bands. Personal accolades include nominations for best female vocalist for the BC Country Music Association, acknowledgments from songwriting contest like the Billboard Song Contest, Mountain Stage NewSong Contest and others, too numerous to mention. Stacey even has her own star on the prestigious Merritt, BC’s Walk of Stars.
Always aspiring to learn and grow, Stacey travels frequently to Nashville and has found the songwriting community there to be very welcoming. Networking and co-writing, she learns as much as she can from the Row’s hit-makers, focusing on writing ‘commercial country music’ that will lead to a major label artist cut. For her, it’s all about finding the balance between the driven commercial engine of music and staying true to her Americana country roots.
Joanne Stacey is an honest, all-round artist who absolutely loves to connect with her audience and says the best show she has ever experienced was when she was just being herself, raw and open, inviting the audience along for the ride. She leaves it all on the stage when she performs and her commitment to the truth shines in her lyrics. Yes, there are many layers to her and this chameleon may surprise you when the focus is on songwriting because when pen hits the paper, there is no room for accolades and applause for she knows a writer opens herself to the sometimes uncomfortable truth and finds the beauty that waits to be uncovered. It’s a gift indeed, to be able to take that hat, exchange it for the performer hat and deliver that message, no matter how painful, in a way that connects. That is Joanne Stacey’s gift. A gifted songwriter, a true artist, and an engaging performer and speaker.
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A Bit of News:
As of 2021 I have retired from teaching vocal lessons but continue to teach songwriting in a workshop setting when possible. I am also working on my new project related to becoming a Key Note Concert presenter and will begin booking for conferences in 2022!
2020 Durango Songwriters Expo: Afraid of the Dark was a song finalist for Country/Folk/Americana
2020 Independent Singer/Songwriter Awards: Won Album of the Year for Steps by Tammy Renee!
2020 Songtown Townie Awards: Awarded Song of the Year for Afraid of the Dark, performed by cowriter, Molly Brown.
2019 Manitoba Country Music Awards: Dunk Dunk by Chris Ising nominated for Single of the Year!
2019 Josie Awards: Dunk Dunk by Chris Ising nominated for Modern Country Song of the Year!
2019 Independent Singer/Songwriter Awards - Album of the Year Bronze: Faultline by Campbell & Green
2019 Independent Singer/Songwriter Awards - Single of the Year: Steps by Tammy Renee
Christmas 2017 - Finalist in the USA Christmas Songwriting Competition for Jingle Bell It
Summer 2016 ~ Winner of Music BC's and K96.3's Demo Award!
Check it out and download the winning songs here:
K96.3 Demo Awarded to Joanne Stacey
I am a finalist in the International Acoustic Music Awards!
A Great Review February 1st!
CD Review from New Country UK!
Global Music Awards Winner!
From my new album, My September, the first cut "That's What Patsy Would Do" won Bronze!
CD Review from the Revelstoke Times Review
CD Review from the Revelstoke Current - David Rooney
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Finalist in the 2013 Mountain Stage NewSong Contest