Joan Enguita

Joan Enguita

 Los Angeles, California, USA
SoloFolkSinger/Songwriter

"Influenced by Joni Mitchell and with a voice often compared to Joan Baez, Joan delivers beautiful original songs."--GoGirlsMusic.com. Joan continues to break new ground, writing a full length musical. She has toured in Europe and the Western U.S. A folk country songstress in the modern tradition.

Biography

by Dan Kimpel of Music Connection Magazine

It begins with a magical voice, warm enough to melt a glacier. The voice is connected to the soul of Joan Enguita, an accomplished singer/songwriter who distills her life's experiences into melodies and lyrics in the modern folk tradition. "I think of songs as tea bags," she explains. "They have to be in the water a certain length of time before they're ready."

Judging by her outpouring of material, it's tea time. The Lancaster, California-based artist has two CDs. The first, Kiss Me Awake, is a suite of songs recorded acoustically as an expressive tableaux of guitar and vocals. Her second outing, Two Suitcases, released in 2005, features a studio of respected Nashville musicians tastefully accompanying Joan with dobro, accordian and traditional instruments.

Joan's mother was a classically trained singer. Her father played clarinet in the Air Force band for 27 years. As a child of a military family, relocation was a key component of life. Her immersion in music began during her early teen years in Spain as she and her friends gathered around songbooks with guitars. She taught herself to play on her brother's instrument, albeit without his permission. "As soon as I'd hear him go down the stairs, I'd go in his room and grab his guitar and his Joan Baez songbook that had chord charts," she reveals. Her intricate finger-picking style was learned in classical studies during her college years in Minnesota.

Time spent behind bars--not as an inmate but as a visiting prison performer--has had a profound impact on Joan. "You walk through many slamming doors," she notes. "But the inmates who choose to come to those concerts are so grateful because they have very little outside contact. It's a slap of reality." Other less fettered performances include a showcase at The Folk Alliance, coffeehouses and listening rooms throughout Southern California, Desert Song Music Festival, a Borders Books and Music tour, Kulak's Woodshed and an appearance on the 2004 Emmy Award-winning series, Street Music L.A.

With the release of her two CDs, Joan tours the west coast regularly and has performed in Denmark, Ireland and Germany. Meanwhile, in addition to concert and festival appearances, Joan donates her performances to community, prison and charity groups, while she expands her burgeoning catalog of songs. "Songwriters are the eyes and ears of the world," she notes.

Joan Enguita's music, like her life, has followed a path illuminated by faith, compassion and honesty. "Growing up, I had a lot of time to think," Joan says. "I have so many memories, because I moved so much. Much of my life is memory, not in the here and now, because many of those people aren't around me anymore." But the songs remember. And as they tell stories of the roads taken, her exquisite voice is a silver thread connecting all of the destinations right back to her heart.

“It’s not often we find an exquisite folk singer who can really write songs about life, her life, that truly move us. Joan Enguita is one of those." --Harriet Schock. songwriting teacher and Platinum Songwriter.                                          

--Joan's trio took First Place in Vocal Competition: Topanga Banjo & Fiddle Contest and Folk Festival.

--Featured in a one hour performance/interview with Roz Larmann of KCRW's syndicated FolkScene show.

--One hour performance/interview with Tom May on River City Folk, nationally syndicated radio program.

--$2500 awarded as runner up in MUSIC FROM HOME singer songwriter contest sponsored by SunCal.

--SPOTLIGHT ARTIST OF THE WEEK, SONICBIDS

--SPOTLIGHT ARTIST OF THE MONTH for Los Angeles Women in Music

--BEST OF THE YEAR SHOW -2006--Radio Host Larry Wines

2010 Performance of her 15 Minute Musical, "Green Thumb" at the Colony Theatre in Burbank. Lyrics by Joan Enguita and Karrie Vach, Bookwriter-Joan Enguita, Music Nancy Friedman.

2011 Reading of her full length musical adaptation, "Peter Ibbetsen," at The Academy for New Musical Theatre in North Hollywood, CA. Lyrics by Joan Enguita and Karrie Vach, Book by Joan Enguita, Music by Bonnie Janofsky.

2012 Performance of her one act play, "By The Way," at the Antelope Valley College One Act Festival in Lancaster, CA

UPDATE:  Joan survived a terrible car accident that occurred in May of 2014.  She has recovered her voice and is performing again. In addition she is developing several new musical theatre ideas. She also performs with the group WOMEN ON THE MOVE TRIO. She is also developing a CD of Bible based songs.

Lyrics

The Day You Couldn't See

Written By: Joan Enguita

THE DAY YOU COULDN’T SEE
Joan Enguita, BMI

MOM AND ME DRIVING AGAIN
ON A LONG TRIP WITHOUT YOU
WE END UP CRYIN’ AGAIN
I THOUGHT THOSE CRYIN’ DAYS WERE THROUGH

IT’S LIKE IT HAPPENED YESTERDAY
THE LATE NIGHT TELEPHONE CALL
AND THE BLINDING BLIZZARD THAT WE FACED
WHEN WE LEFT SAINT PAUL

YOU GAVE US NO WARNING
NO CHANCE FOR US TO MAKE A PLEA
NOTHING COULD KEEP US
FROM THE ROAD TO PENNSYLVANIA
IT WAS THE DEAD OF WINTER
THE DAY YOU COULDN’T SEE

YOU WERE MY BIG BROTHER HERO
OF OUR SUMMER CHILDHOOD DAYS
READING TO ME ‘NEATH THE WILLOW
IN THE ATTIC, DIRECTING PLAYS

THE ECHOES OF THOSE HAPPY TIMES
SEEM NOT SO LONG AGO
BUT THE TREES WERE BARE
AND GRANDPA’S MINING TOWN
WAS WRAPPED IN A SHROUD OF SNOW

YOU COULD NOT HAVE IMAGINED
WHEN YOU SET YOUR SAD HEART FREE
CHAINS WOULD BIND THE HEARTS OF
THOSE WHO LOVED YOU
TIME WAS FROZEN
THE DAY YOU COULDN’T SEE

YOUR COLLEGE WAS CLOSED
THE DAY OF YOUR EULOGY
THE CHURCH COULD NOT
CONTAIN THE OVERFLOW
FIFTY FRIENDS AND TEACHERS
STOOD OUTSIDE THE DOOR
HUDDLED AND STAMPING
FEET AGAINST THE COLD

LOOKING FOR ANSWERS
THAT COULDN’T COME
WANTING COMFORT
FINDING NONE
WANTING, WANTING MORE

YOU ALWAYS HAD YOUR HEAD IN A BOOK
YOU BRIGHT AND BRILLIANT BOY
PHILOSOPHER, INQUISITOR
WHEN DID DISCOVERY LOSE ITS JOY

YOU COULD’VE BEEN A SENATOR, INVENTOR
A WRITER WITH A MUSE
NONE OF US COULD’VE GUESSED
THE PATH THAT YOU WOULD CHOOSE

YOU GAVE UP TOO SOON CHILD
APARTHEID DIED, THE COLD WAR
CAME TO ITS KNEES
LIFE IS GOOD AND MANKIND
STILL SHOWS PROMISE
AND THERE IS ALWAYS TOMORROW
THE DAY YOU COULDN’T SEE

Psalm 23 (Joan with guitar)

Written By: Bible-King James Version,King David,music by Joan Enguita, music by Joan Enguita

THE LORD IS MY SHEPHERD, I SHALL NOT WANT
HE MAKETH ME TO LIE DOWN IN GREEN PASTURES
HE LEADETH ME BESIDE THE STILL WATERS
HE RESTORETH MY SOUL
HE LEADETH ME IN THE PATHS OF RIGHTEOUSNESS
FOR HIS NAME'S SAKE

YEAH THOUGH I WALK THROUGH
THE VALLEY OF THE SHADOW OF DEATH
I WILL FEAR NO EVIL
FOR THOU ART WITH ME
THY ROD AND THY STAFF
THEY COMFORT ME

THOU PREPAREST A TABLE BEFORE ME
IN THE PRESENCE OF MINE ENEMIES
THOU ANNOINTEST MY HEAD WITH OIL
MY CUP RUNNETH OVER

SURELY GOODNESS AND MERCY
SHALL FOLLOW ME
ALL THE YEARS OF MY LIFE
AND I WILL DWELL
IN THE HOUSE OF THE LORD FOREVER

TIME TO CRY

Written By: JOAN ENGUITA

TIME TO CRY

Joan Enguita, BMI

I SMILE ALL DAY FOR OUR CHILDREN
I DON’T WANT THEM TO BE SAD
IT’S ALL UP TO ME
NOW THAT I’M BOTH MOM AND DAD

AND IF WE LAUGH AND PLAY
MAYBE THEY WON’T ASK ME WHY
AND I WILL BE TOO BUSY
TO FIND THE TIME TO CRY

I FALL INTO BED EACH NIGHT
ONCE THE CHILDREN ARE TUCKED IN BED
THEN DREAMS OF OUR HONEYMOON
PLAY OVER IN MY HEAD

WE LAUGH AND RUN ON A WHITE SAND BEACH
UNDER A GARDEN OF EDEN SKY
I WAKE WITH THE BABY CALLING ME
AND THERE’S NO TIME TO CRY

WE SAID OUR LOVE STORY WOULD NEVER DIE
AND I REMEMBER YOUR LAST KISS
I KNOW THAT YOU’RE GONE
BUT OUR LIFE HERE GOES ON
ALONG WITH ALL OF THE THINGS THAT YOU’LL MISS

LIKE MATTHEW’S HAIRCUT FOR THE FIRST TIME
AND SALLY STARTING BALLET
JEFFREY PLAYS SHORTSTOP IN LITTLE LEAGUE
THAT’S HOW I KEEP TEARS AT BAY

BUT I SEE YOU IN OUR CHILDREN
THEY’LL TAKE OUR DREAMS AND FLY
ALL DAY LONG I THINK OF YOU
BUT THERE’S NO TIME TO CRY

EVERY MOMENT I THINK OF YOU
IN THE TIME, WHEN THERE’S NO TIME TO CRY

KISS ME AWAKE

Written By: Joan Enguita,Harriet Schock,Travis Allen, Travis Allen

KISS ME AWAKE

Joan Enguita, Harriet Schock, Travis Allen

I FELT YOUR TOUCH ON MY SOUL
RIGHT BEFORE I FIRST SAW YOU
STANDING THERE ON THE PLATFORM
AS MY TRAIN PULL AWAY
YOUR EYES WERE LOCKED ON MINE
WE PROMISED WITHOUT WORDS
WE’D FIND A WAY TO FIND EACH OTHER
AND BE TOGETHER ON DAY

COME TO ME AS I DREAM
KISS MY EYES WHILE I AM SLEEPING
TOUCH MY HAIR, WHISPER LOW
AS THE DAY SLOWLY BREAKS
LYING HERE IN YOUR ARMS
I AM SAFE IN YOUR KEEPING
EVERY DAY OF MY LIFE, DARLING,
KISS ME AWAKE

AS I OPEN MY EYES
I’M AMAZED HOW YOU FOUND ME
AT THE END OF JUST A WEEK
THAT FELT MORE LIKE A YEAR
AT TIMES IT SEEMED THE LONGING
WAS MORE THAN I COULD TAKE
I GIVE THANKS EVERY MORNING
I HAVE NO REASON NOW FOR TEARS

YOU COME TO ME AS I DREAM
KISS MY EYES WHILE I AM SLEEPING
TOUCH MY HAIR, WHISPER LOW
AS THE DAY SLOWLY BREAKS
LYING HERE IN YOUR ARMS
I AM SAFE IN YOUR KEEPING
EVERY DAY OF MY LIFE, DARLING,
KISS ME AWAKE

WHEN A MOMENT LIKE OURS
BURNS A FIRE IN THE SOUL
THERE’S NOTHING THAT CAN STOP WHAT WILL BE
CALL IT CHANCE, CALL IT FATE

I NEVER WOULD HAVE BELIEVED
I WOULD HEAR MYSELF SAY “DESTINY”

YOU COME TO ME AS I DREAM
KISS MY EYES WHILE I AM SLEEPING
TOUCH MY HAIR, WHISPER LOW
AS THE DAY SLOWLY BREAKS
LYING HERE IN YOUR ARMS
I AM SAFE IN YOUR KEEPING
EVERY DAY OF MY LIFE, DARLING,
KISS ME AWAKE

EVERY DAY OF MY LIFE
KISS ME AWAKE

HEADING FOR SHORE

Written By: JOAN ENGUITA

HEADING FOR SHORE

Joan Enguita, BMI

HOW CAN I SAVE A DROWNING MAN
WHO DOESN’T WANT TO BE SAVED
HOW CAN I KEEP MY HEAD UP HIGH
WHEN THE WAVES AROUND ME RAGE

I REACH OUT MY HAND BUT YOU WON’T TAKE IT
I SAY I’LL DROWN TOO, BUT I CAN’T FAKE IT

NO, I WANNA LIVE, FEEL THE SUN ON MY SKIN
MY HEART IS STILL BEATING, I WANT MORE
I’M SAVING MYSELF THIS TIME
AND HEADING FOR SHORE

IT NEARLY KILLS ME NOW TO LEAVE
I’LL SURELY DIE IF I DON’T
YOU’D LET ME SACRIFICE MYSELF
BUT THIS TIME I WON’T

I REACH OUT MY HAND BUT YOU WON’T TAKE IT
I SAY I’LL DROWN TOO, BUT I CAN’T FAKE IT

NO, I WANNA LIVE, FEEL THE SUN ON MY SKIN
MY HEART IS STILL BEATING, I WANT MORE
I’M SAVING MYSELF THIS TIME
AND HEADING FOR SHORE

NO ARGUMENT, NO FAREWELL KISS
NO PLEADING, NO TEARFUL GOODBYE
I NEVER THOUGHT WE’D END LIKE THIS
YOU TURN AWAY AND SO DO I

NO, I WANNA LIVE, FEEL THE SUN ON MY SKIN
MY HEART IS STILL BEATING, I WANT MORE
I’M SAVING MYSELF THIS TIME
AND HEADING FOR SHORE
I’M SAVING MYSELF THIS TIME
AND HEADING FOR SHORE
HEADING FOR SHORE
HEADING FOR SHORE

YOU FLEW

Written By: JOAN ENGUITA

YOU FLEW

Joan Enguita, BMI

I WANTED TO TELL YOU
BUT YOU WERE GETTING ON A PLANE
I THOUGHT IT WOULD BE CRUEL
TO SIT THERE ALONE IN YOUR PAIN

SO YOU FLEW OUT OF MY LIFE
JUST LIKE I WANTED YOU TO
AND I KNEW IT WAS OVER
BETWEEN ME AND YOU

YOU REALLY HURT ME
YOU SAID LOVE IS A WORD THAT’S OVERUSED
YET I NEVER HEARD IT FROM YOU
AND MY HEART BEGAN TO FEEL ABUSED

YOU FLEW OUT OF MY LIFE
JUST LIKE I WANTED YOU TO
AND I KNEW IT WAS OVER
BETWEEN ME AND YOU

I HAVE JUST ONE REGRET
AND I’LL HAVE IT TIL MY DYING DAY
THAT I TOLD YOU ON THE PHONE
AND DIDN’T TELL YOU TO YOUR FACE

‘CAUSE YOU FLEW OUT OF MY LIFE
JUST LIKE I WANTED YOU TO
AND I KNEW IT WAS OVER
BETWEEN ME AND YOU

I KNEW THE MOMENT
THAT PLANE AND YOU FLEW

HANDS OFF THE PHONE

Written By: JOAN ENGUITA,TRACY NEWMAN,MIKE BELOTTI, MIKE BELOTTI

HANDS OFF THE PHONE

Joan Enguita, Tracy Newman, Mike Belotti

MAMA USED TO SMILE AND DROP EVERYTHING
EVERY TIME THE PHONE WOULD RING
SHE’D COME FLYIN’ DOWN THE HALL TO THE DEN
MY SISTER AND I, WE WERE TWELVE AND TEN
WE WOULD RACE TO BEAT HER THERE
OUR LAUGHTER FILLED THE AIR

And Mama’d yell,
HANDS OFF THE PHONE
IT MIGHT BE JIM
I HOPE IT IS
I REALLY NEED TO TALK TO HIM

HANDS OFF THE PHONE
NOW DISAPPEAR
I MIGHT SAY SOME THINGS
THAT YOU GIRLS SHOULDN’T HEAR
BUT MY SISTER AND I WERE
NOTHING BUT EYES AND EARS

MAMA GAVE HER HEART TO JIM
WASHED HIS CLOTHES
AND COOKED FOR HIM
HER EYES WOULD SHINE WHEN HE WAS HERE
BUT THEN FOR DAYS HE’D DISAPPEAR
SHE’D CURL UP INTO A BALL
AND WAIT FOR HIM TO CALL

HANDS OFF THE PHONE
IT MIGHT BE JIM
I HOPE IT IS
I REALLY NEED TO TALK TO HIM

HANDS OFF THE PHONE
NOW DISAPPEAR
I MIGHT SAY SOME THINGS
THAT YOU GIRLS SHOULDN’T HEAR
BUT MY SISTER AND I WERE
NOTHING BUT EYES AND EARS

Discography

CD's AVAILABLE AT www.cdbaby.com/cd/joanenguita
www.cdbaby.com/cd/womenonthemove

--2014 will see the Red Coyote Records release of a new solo CD as well as an acoustic trio album by the Women on the Move Trio.  

BEAUTIFUL--Joan's latest release was recorded Nashville Tracks in L.A. It includes songs recorded by 14 indie southern California artists. CD baby is so taken with the CD that they featured it on their home page soon after its release. Read their review at the site above. They listed it for over two years at their Editor's Pick in Adult Contemporary/Easy Listening.    

TWO SUITCASES--Joan's fully produced 2005 CD released on her independent label, RED COYOTE RECORDS. Songs may be heard here on sonicbids...just click on audio.

KISS ME AWAKE Joan's self-produced vocal/guitar album. Released in 2004.

Oasis Acoustic, Vol VI, Double CD includes Joan's song, "I Need to Hear it From You" on the first CD, Track 7. Distributed by Oasis CD manufacturing.

Her song, "Where's the Time Gone?" is featured on the True Talent Management compilation CD. www.truetalentmgmt.com

SCHOCK FUTURES--Hollywood songwriting legend Harrriet Schock chose Joan's song TWO SUITCASES for her 2004 CD compilation of tomorrows' top songwriters.

FEMALES ON FIRE--Joan's song, HEADING FOR SHORE is included on this compilation CD released in August, 2005 by Warrior Girl Music.

--2014 will see the Red Coyote Records release of a new solo CD as well as an acoustic trio album by the Women on the Move Trio.  

Set List

Festival Update:
Please contact Joan for details about panels and songwriting workshops.

Regular stage set:
Originals--Sets 45 minutes to 1 hour, ten - twelve songs, plus some fun banter with the audience. A few cover tunes. Can do two sets.

AMERICA: A rousing good time song! 

HEADING FOR  SHORE: A fast flamenco beat.
WALK A MILE IN MY SHOES: Americana song if ever there was one. Hope for better understanding between all of us.
TIME TO CRY: 3/4 time .
YOU FLEW: The ultimate breakup...at the airport! Celtic
TWO SUITCASES: A proud, homeless man.
BEFORE IT'S BEGUN:  a driving flamenco lament.
WHERE'S THE TIME GONE? Looking back over the years...fond memories. Roots

THAT’S WHAT LOVE IS   A beautiful love ballad

JONI MITCHELL: CHELSEA MORNING, I DON'T KNOW WHERE I STAND, WILLIE, CIRCLE GAME