Joanne has always had music in her family with her mother and grandmother (Mémère LeBlanc) both playing piano. After hearing a demo of Joanne singing, San Francisco area bluesman, J.C. Smith invited her to sit in and sing with his band in the summer of 2011. The working relationship led to self-funded recording project resulting in Joanne's first blues CD “Found & Lost", released in April 2012 with J.C. Smith as producer. This CD introduced Joanne's soulful smooth sound to blues loving audiences. In response to requests to play at local venues, Joanne quickly formed her band - Joanne LeBlanc and the Fugitive Blues Band in the spring of 2012. The band has SF Bay area seasoned musicians Stuart Horton - Guitar, Donnie Green - Drums and Bill Castro - Bass.
During the Chicago Blues Festival, Joanne had an opportunity to sit in and sing with the J.C. Smith Band at the "Kids Blues Foundation" booth and the Harlem Ave Lounge. Her sexy soulful voice garnered her a top (5) finalist nominee spot at the 2013 Artist in Music Awards (indie) Event held in at the Whiskey a Go a Go in Hollywood, CA. In 2014 she was selected to perform at Opening Night Showcase for the California Music Industry Summit (June) in Oakland, CA and invited to compete in the International Blues Challenge (IBC) regional event sponsored by the Golden Gate Blues Society. She was recently notified that she was awarded Honorable Mention for Live Performance at the 23rd LA Music Awards, Hollywood, CA.
Music from Joanne's CD has been featured on local SF Bay area radio stations, KKUP 91.5 FM KSCU 103.3 FM, and KRCH 89.9 FM , as well as, 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 Show "Mother Road Blues" Program, St. Louis, MO.
Her first original song and new single " Cross-Town Sugar" released late 2015 is available today on all popular on-line retail and streaming sites. Joanne is currently working on writing and recording other new original songs. In her spare time you can find Joanne working her full-time day job in Silicon Valley for a Fortune 100 high-tech company. For information on gigs, press, and music - follow Joanne on these sites:
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