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"Joi Cool + All That"

WITH A FUNKY NEW ALBUM (AND A BABY) ON THE WAY, THE SOUL SIREN IS BIG--AND GETTING BIGGER… The fiery, funky soul of her critically acclaimed 1994 debut, The Pendulum Vibe, was snubbed by R&B radio …. But Joi kept her bleached-blond head above it all. "The people who got it, got it, and they became my fans and that's cool," says the singer-songwriter, who won't go the commercial route with her next set either. The Amoeba Cleansing Syndrome, due this August, blends the grit of Fishbone's grinding guitar with Joi's eclectic, clangy funk and hypnotic soul… - Entertainment Weekly

"Joi Funky Momma"

Her experimental soul albums had the urban avant-garde buzzing, but the general public slept. No matter: As a devoted mother and wife, Joi finds all the recognition she needs right at home…. But the effect of Pendulum lingers. Joi has a cult-like following that will surely hail her return in the guise of Star Kitty's Revenge, her superb, new, genre-defying mix of soul, classical, and rock n roll. She's confident that larger audiences are now ready for a dose of her unconventional brand of funk… - Vibe

"Joi Star Kitty's Revenge"

It’s not easy being a musical purist but Joi fights the good fight. As on her previous recordings, 1994's Pendulum Vibe and 1997's Amoeba Cleansing Syndrome, Joi has created in Star Kitty's Revenge, her first CD for Universal Records, a bounty of thought-provoking, conscience-bristling treasures brimming with innovation, courage and ingenuity….And when has Joi ever believed anything other than what¹s in her heart? When has she ever doubted who she is or questioned her instincts? She has always known that true freedom is rooted in total, uncompromising honesty and she has always believed that real art, real music that comes from the soul will speak to the soul. She knows and has proven that real art will always find a home… - Extra TV


Her voice and image are arresting: she's a talented, imaginative, and sensual sistah who is unafraid to critique her detractors….It's really here, in her live performances, that Joi's vivid and warm personality really connects with it's audience. It's also here that her versatility becomes apparent: Joi can tackle any style of music, be it punk, gospel, or the blues. Don't bother putting a name on it; just sit back and enjoy the show, where everyone is welcome….
Matt Mazur

"Joi Influences Madonna"

Madonna released her sixth studio album, Bedtime Stories, co-produced by Nellee Hooper and Dallas Austin. Madonna at the time was inspired by R&B/rock singer Joi's debut album Pendulum Vibe, and was so in love with it that she recruited producer Dallas Austin to help with her project… -


Tennessee Slim is the Bomb (2006)
Star Kitty's Revenge (2002)
Amoeba Cleansing Syndrome (1996)
The Pendulum Vibe (1994)



Joi is not the first in her family to be a first. Her father, Joe Gilliam, was the NFL's first black quarterback leading the Pittsburgh Steelers to two unforgettable Super Bowls. And just as the Steelers have once again found their stride, so has Joi with her fourth release TENNESSEE SLIM IS THE BOMB.
For those that pride themselves on knowing the behind the scenes scoop on the music industry, Joi has been one to talk about for a decade. When her first single, “Sunshine and the Rain,” off her critically acclaimed, Dallas Austin-produced debut album The Pendulum Vibe, hit airwaves in '93, she was instantly lauded as "the new Madonna". Madonna, herself, was so in love with the album that she went on to hire Dallas Austin to produce her Bedtime Stories album. Madonna is also responsible for making the call that led to Joi becoming the first black model in a major Calvin Klein print ad campaign.
Joi's original style, not easily classified, was the first to be tagged "neo-soul". But, as an artist and performer, Joi is beyond classification. What she represented as a new voice of black womanhood was further celebrated on the soundtrack for the Mario Van Peebles’ film, Panther, where her song “Freedom,” from the Pendulum Vibe album, was re-recorded with an all-star cast of female singers including: Aaliyah, Mary J. Blige, En Vogue, Michelle N'degeocello, TLC, Queen Latifah, Vanessa Williams, SWV, Brownstone and many more.
For her sophomore effort, The Amoeba Cleansing Syndrome, Joi and creative partner Austin, brought in the assistance of legendary pioneers Fishbone to be her backing band. The album’s first single, written for her father, coined the term "Ghetto Superstar". Yet, despite its MTV buzz status, when her then label EMI folded, so did the release of the album.
Ever the darling of urban media, Joi's high-profile marriage to Goodie Mob front-man Big Gipp took center stage while she took a three year hiatus from her solo efforts to raise their daughter Keypsiia Blue Daydreamer (a very beautiful, pregnant Joi appears in D'angelo's video, "Lady").
Of course, even though her solo projects were on hold, as a member of Atlanta's infamous Dungeon Family, her voice graced the tracks of several Outkast, Goodie Mob, TLC songs and non-ATLien artists such as Robbie Williams, George Clinton, Curtis Mayfield, Queen Latifah, Too Short, and D.O.C. to name a few.

When Joi received a call from ex-TonyToniTone front-man, Raphael Saadiq, to become a member of the then Hip Hop/R&B supergroup, Lucy Pearl, she agreed and ended her three year hiatus. The group received nominations from both the Grammy's and the American Music Awards.
In 2000, Joi inked a deal with Universal to release her third album, Star Kitty's Revenge and this time experienced her newly released album falling through the cracks when the label went through a major changing of the guard. She then signed with Raphael Saadiq's boutique label, Pookie Records and began recording TENNESSEE SLIM IS THE BOMB which she executive produced.

In 2005, Joi announced the formation of her new label JOILICIOUS whose intent, aside from releasing her own efforts, is to be a safe haven for artists that are seen as "amazing" yet "unmarketable" due to the fickle nature of the now suffering music industry.
As a songwriter/producer Joi has also formed Dirty Debutante Productions for the sake of producing up and coming artists possibly associated with different labels. Joi’s most recent recording projects include two songs for the movie Idlewild – “Train”, included on the movie soundtrack and the jazz flavored, “Moving Cool”, which was featured in the movie. She has also provided backing vocals on the currently released Joss Stone album, Introducing Joss Stone and Young Buck’s single “Get Buck”.
Joi is also serving as Mistress of Ceremonies at the wildly popular Sugar Hill – a live music extravaganza that occurs every Tuesday at Atlanta’s Underground. This event features seasoned vets and/or worthy upstarts that grace the stage for phenomenal performances and jam sessions. Between sets, Joi blows minds with a brief live set that leaves jaws dropped. This show is so hot, Joi fans drive across state lines to be there. In addition to phenomenal performances in the realms of Funk and Urban/R&B/Hip-Hop Soul music, Joi has also been known to offer Progressive/New Age/Jazz vocals, as evident in her performances at the Montreux Jazz Festival in Atlanta, and in jazz clubs in both London and the states. For those that pride themselves on knowing true well rounded vocal talent, Joi remains one to talk about.