Sly Joe & the Smooth Operators

Sly Joe & the Smooth Operators

 Neenah, Wisconsin, USA
BandR&BSoul

Earthy Soul witha Funky Stroll. Stevie Wonder and Paul McCartney joined up with John Mayer and Jason Mraz for the newest supergroup. They covered our songs.

Biography

Confucius said, “A craftsman, if he wishes to do good work, must first sharpen his tools.” That being said, SLY JOE’s music is honed like an acupuncture needle. It slips under your skin, stimulates your vitality, then leaves you feeling good all over.

If you've seen 'Parenthood' or 'Friday Night Lights' on NBC, you may already be familiar with this feeling after hearing some of his songs there.

Sharpening his skills on the global stage for most of his life, Sly Joe has shared audiences with TRAIN, MAROON 5, BON JOVI, LADY ANTEBELLUM, JACKSON BROWNE, GILLIAN WELCH, EMMYLOU HARRIS, and JOHN PRINE in venues such as HARD ROCK CAFÉ-(Beijing), SUMMERFEST (Milwaukee), LAMBEAU FIELD-(Green Bay), WAMI AWARDS SHOW-(Milwaukee), LEACH AMPHITHEATER-(Oshkosh), and numerous festivals, clubs, and coffeeshops from coast to coast.

Diversity. A Classically trained pianist, Joe grew up spinning around the living room like the Beatles and Michael Jackson albums his mom would spin on Sunday mornings. Once teenaged, the guitar became his new friend and Van Halen lit the way through the back alleys of Led Zeppelin and Pearl Jam. After those flannel-ly grunge years, Joe immersed himself in one of his greatest influences- Stevie Wonder. All the while, writing more and more songs.

It was after a tragic car accident in high school left him hospitalized and took a friend’s life, that Joe began approaching songwriting more seriously and more sensitively, with a renewed priority to make the best of what we have today.

"Music is what feelings sound like, and I tend to write a lot about love and happiness," says Joe. "When a song expresses these positive ideas, it attracts more of the same to anyone involved, whether they're singing along or just listening. I think it's helpful to bring more joy into this world, and I do that with my songs."

Those songs have earned him musical residencies in Thailand, San Francisco, and throughout the Fox Valley of Wisconsin. Hundreds of college and mainstream radio stations, independent films, and Podcasts across the globe have also found his music a perfect fit.

He's even performed with the Blue Man Group and spent several years as Musical Director/Bandleader of the WAMI (Wisconsin's "Grammy") Awards show.

"The most soulful musician in the Valley."
-Scene Newspaper

"Fans of fresh indie pop-rock with a splash of rebellion and a penchant for a good time will dig it."
-Buddyhollywood.com

"Sly Joe and the Smooth Operators have entered a new territory in soul, funk and roots music...creating a wholesome yet breathtaking live performance...nothing short of being marvelous and organic!"
-GBnightlife.com

Lyrics

IF I COULD CATCH YOU

Written By: Joe Slyzelia

VERSE I
Working at the fruit stand
I hear the bells of your bicycle
But I spin around too late
This perfect peach in my hand
Could never taste as sweet
As anything from your plate
The grace of your trajectory
It always gets the best of me
But I’d gladly give the best of me to you
And if you weren’t always going so fast
I’d tell you my plans

CHORUS
We would dip our toes in the fountains of Rome sipping champagne
IF I COULD CATCH YOU
We would fly so high we could watch the city lights from outer space
IF I COULD CATCH YOU

VERSE II
I’d like to steal you
Far away for an afternoon
You’d forget those other boys
I’d paddle your canoe
Write a love song just for you
Then you’ll know
Those other boys just make noise
Then all we care to own
Is getting thrown in this old van
Our home is in each other’s arms
Well I know you got a gypsy soul
Hey you’re not alone

CHORUS
We would dip our toes in the fountains of Rome sipping champagne
IF I COULD CATCH YOU
We would fly so high we could watch the city lights from outer space
IF I COULD CATCH YOU

BRIDGE
Snoopin’ ‘round town like a private eye
Asking everybody, who, what, where, when
Why are you hiding, girl
You should be beside me, girl
I’d call you if you had a phone
I’d be your live-in chaperone
You could be my jelly roll
IF I COULD CATCH YOU

CHORUS
We would dip our toes in the fountains of Rome sipping champagne
IF I COULD CATCH YOU
We would fly so high we could watch the city lights from outer space
IF I COULD CATCH YOU

Your Smile is Priceless

Written By: Joe Slyzelia

VERSE I
You don’t have to give me anything
My treasure chest’s already overflowing
It might now show up in my bank account
But I feel rich just for knowing you
And you’re already showing me all I really need

CHORUS
YOUR SMILE IS PRICELESS to me
It’s like a tropical sea and I wanna swim
Here for a while, just soaking it all in
Feels like falling in love again
It’s simple, it’s magical, and I’ve never ever seen
anything that even comes close
YOUR SMILE IS PRICELESS

VERSE II
Most people think that you’re a mystery
But I know a thing or two about you
You inspire perfect strangers
so come close cuz your contagious
and I wanna be down with you
don’t wanna shop around no more
cuz I’ve already found what I’m looking for

CHORUS
YOUR SMILE IS PRICELESS to me
It’s like a tropical sea and I wanna swim
Here for a while, just soaking it all in
Feels like falling in love again
It’s simple, it’s magical, and I’ve never ever seen
anything that even comes close
YOUR SMILE IS PRICELESS

BRIDGE
And if you ever find yourself in a dark and twisty place
And all the happiness has drained from your face
I’ll do anything to bring you back to life

CHORUS
YOUR SMILE IS PRICELESS to me
It’s like a tropical sea and I wanna swim
Here for a while, just soaking it all in
Feels like falling in love again
It’s simple, it’s magical, and I’ve never ever seen
anything that even comes close
YOUR SMILE IS PRICELESS

Discography

The Discofunk Holiday Experience (Winter 2012)
The Straight Goods (Summer 2011)
Surrounded by the Heart (2008)
Your Lively Love (2007)
Other Side of the Bridge (2006)

Hundreds of college and mainstream radio stations, independent films, and Podcasts across the globe have also found his music a perfect fit.

Set List

Earthy Soul witha Funky Stroll.

Originals with covers in the vein of Jason Mraz, Stevie Wonder, Ben Harper, Beatles, Dave Matthews, Paul Simon...