Jo Alexis

Jo Alexis

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c3MkykhxM68 See her sing on You Tube! Compared by critics to Sarah McLachlan and Dido, Jo’s voice has been described as smooth, sweet, and captivating.

Biography

Jo Alexis (ASCAP ) has been a performing songwriter since 1992. Music has been Jo’s lifeblood through her Philadelphia childhood, her Providence years at Brown University and through seven years in the music scene in Los Angeles. Throughout her career, Jo has collaborated with some amazing musicians who have played with Roberta Flack, Ray Charles and Lucinda Williams.
As a professionally educated & trained musician, Jo Alexis has amassed a catalogue of over 150 songs from past and present projects. Compared by critics to Sarah McLachlan and Dido, Jo’s voice has been described as smooth, sweet, and captivating. Her independently released CD, “Connection” received favorable radio airplay on over 140 college radio stations nationwide in 2003. “Connection” peaked at #16 on several CMJ’s “Most Added” charts.

Throughout her life, Jo has been a seeker of spiritual truths and at the center of this search has always been music. The strength of her spiritual connection can be heard in her original songs, which show the depth of her own inner growth. Her voice is the witness and the guidepost of her journey to greater inner peace and continues to help others heal as they listen. Jo has sang at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, the Zen Center in San Francisco and Mishkan Synagogue in Philadelphia. She is also involved with the Music RX program, at Legacy Emmanuel Children’s Hospital in Portland, Oregon, where she does music with children in their hospital beds. Her song, “I Sing For You” was chosen for the Bridges CD, released by Pacific Oncology. This CD was created in an effort to help patients and families as they cope with the cancer experience.
Currently, Jo has 3 different projects in the works. The first one is a full-length CD of songs for children with singer/songwriter, Arlie Conner. Secondly, 2 new EPs are near completion with long-time collaborator, Richard Alexander. A few tunes are getting mixed by Sean Flora, Jo's old bandmate and now famed engineer for the Shins Grammy nominated album, Phantom Limb. Lastly, Jo is working on a Cd with guitar player and songwriter, Neil Goldstein. Check out some tracks on myspace.com/joalexisb

Lyrics

I Have Come For You

Written By: Jo Alexis

After all those years of waiting
I have come for you now
It’s our turn for celebrating
I have come for you now
And I hope it’s not too late since
We could be something great
I have come for you now

I have come to extract you
From what you thought was living
I have come to attract you
Into the heart of giving

Though our secret’s unsuspected
I have come for you now
And though it’s unexpected
I have come for you now
From your kiss I’m resurrected
My whole body’s been affected
I have come for you now
I have come for you now

I have come to explore you
Will you surrender to me
I have come here before you
Will you be tender to me

I have had my share of waiting
And I’m done with contemplating
I have come for you now
And please say it’s not too late
And I won’t hesitate
I have come for you NOW

I Sing For You

Written By: Jo Alexis

I Sing For You

I look up at the sky
Feel the universe around me
Wish my sound could be heard
As if I was a bird
The song from deep inside me
And the bird sings for joy
And the bird sings for no one
And the bird sings ‘cause that’s what birds do
Just like I sing for you

Chorus:
I sing for you
I sing for love
I sing feelings I can’t contain
I sing for us

My soul flies so free
Sounds flow right through me
Like a call from within
As if I was the wind
The breath from deep inside me

And the wind blows for joy
And the wind blows for no one
And the wind blows
That’s what wind will do
Just like I sing for you

Chorus

Br: I see all of this joy
For me and for you
Look what the world can do
Look how I sing for you

Chorus

We Don't Need To Know

Written By: Jo Alexis

Chorus 1:
We Don’t Need To Know
What we’re doing
We Don’t Need To Know
Where to go
Good thing the angels
are running the show
Baby, We Don’t Need To Know

It’s a game that we started
A joy to behold
Hold my hand and we’re running
Too fast and so bold
The wild card
Is still in the deck
We don’t need to know
Just come here, kiss my neck

Chorus 2:
We Don’t Need To Know
What we’re doing
As we climb up the chateau
I’m falling so fast
I can’t see below
Baby, We Don’t Need To Know

You are sleeping and lovely
I can’t rest tonight
You’re beauty you’re sugar
I’m aching inside
So I’m finding your mouth
In the dark in the night
And I’m scared and I’m shaking
Will my heart be all right

Chorus 3:
We Don’t Need To Know
What we’re doing
We Don’t Need To Know
Where to go
I’m chanting your name
And then I explode
Baby, We Don’t Need To Know

You have touched something sacred
You’ve struck on a chord
And the symphony’s playing
Have mercy dear lord
I am willing to open your gift
Don’t know much at all
But I’m deeply in bliss

Last chorus:
Dadadadadada
Dadadadad
Only the wind can tell where this goes
Baby, We Don’t Need To Know

Discography

"I Sing For You"- Single, on Bridges CD, released by Pacific Oncology, CD of healing songs for children.
Connection- Jo Alexis LP, #16 on CMJ 2003
Sing Through Me - Jo Alexis/Richard Alexander, LP
Time To Go- Jo Alexis/Richard Alexander EP
You Are Just Like Me- Jo Alexis/Richard Alexander LP
Shameful Joy- Jo Alexis/Richard Alexander EP
Test Your Love- Jo Alexis EP
Sweet Baby Onion- eponymous LP

Set List

I Sing For You
We Don't Need To Know
Found
6-String Kisses
I Have Come For You
Won't You Change Your Mind
Isn't This Fine
Come and Find Me
Keep Me Safe
And So It Begins
Le Ciel
I Changed My Mind

Covers:
Blowing Away- Bonnie Raitt and Linda Rondstat
Sweet and Shiny Eyes-Bonnie Raitt
The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face- Roberta Flack
Angel From Montgomery- Bonnie Raitt
A Case of You- Joni Mitchell