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Regardless of the genre, a gut-level honesty connects JoAnne Redding with her audiences. Her songs are a soulful mix of self-penned roots music— blues, country, jazz, and roots rock— that resonate from her own life experiences.
Redding’s CD, How It Is, spent three months in the Top Ten of Roots Music Report’s Blues Chart, and one of her tunes, “I’ve Earned the Right (to Sing the Blues),” was featured on a compilation CD distributed by the national magazine Blues Revue. Redding was honored to be invited to perform another cut from that album, her poignant song about older child adoption, “A Family to Love,” at the Rhode Island State House on National Adoption Day.
A former Americana radio PD and morning show host, Redding has been an invited guest speaker for the CT Songwriters Assn, and a guest on radio and TV throughout the U.S. Her first CD, Run With It, recorded in Nashville, and her second album, The Running Kind, were played on more than 250 radio stations worldwide and her songs have been featured in film/TV.
Redding has shared the bill at fairs, festivals, and theater shows with major country acts including Asleep at the Wheel, The Mavericks, Lee Roy Parnell, Hank Williams Jr., and many others.
On the folk side, Redding has performed regularly at The Guthrie Center—Arlo Guthrie’s venue from “Alice’s Restaurant” fame. She's showcased at the heralded Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, selected from over 400 applicants. Redding’s spiritual vocals have helped her raise church rafters, singing solo a cappella and backed by full choirs and instrumentation.
JoAnne Redding has played shows from New Orleans to New England, with full bands at fairs, festivals, clubs, and concert halls, and pared-down and acoustic for more intimate events.