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Joanne began her singing career in 2011. A newcomer to music, Joanne has always had music in her family with her mother and grandmother (Mémère LeBlanc) both playing piano. After hearing a demo of her singing, San Francisco area bluesman, J.C. Smith invited her to sit in and sing with his band. Further discussions led to a self-funded recording project resulting in her first blues CD “Found & Lost" being released in April 2012 with J.C. Smith as producer. This CD introduces Joanne's soulful smooth sound to blues loving audiences.
The Joanne LeBlanc and the Fugitive Blues Band, was formed in the spring of 2012 and has SF Bay area seasoned musicians Stuart Horton - Guitar, Jerome Kimsey - Drums. Frankie Ramos - Sax and Bill Castro - Bass.
During the 2012 & 2013 Chicago Blues Festival, Joanne performed for the "Kids Blues Foundation" booth and at the Harlem Ave Lounge with the J.C. Smith Band and Delmark Records recording artist Toronzo Cannon. In 2013 she was a nominee finalist for Best Blues Artist at the Hollywood Artist in Music Awards (indie).
In 2014 she was selected to perform as the only SF Bay area blues act at the Opening Night Showcase for the 2014 California Music Industry Summit (June) in Oakland, CA. Joanne and her band also were invited, and competed in the 2014 International Blues Challenge sponsored by the Golden Gate Blues Society.
Music from Joanne's CD has been featured on KKUP 91.5 FM and KRCH 89.9 in the SF Bay area, Renegade Radio Nashville's "My American Music" program, Live 365 Internet Radio Station, Women of Substance Radio, WMEL 104.1 Radio in Baltimore,MD and internet radio, Mother Road Blues Program, St. Louis, MO. She is a member of the Memphis Blues Foundation.
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