"Amazing blues music that can match any band, anywhere"
The Lady Joya Band is the latest project for Cincinnati favorite Lady Joya. Backed by five seasoned musicians, she delivers R&B favorites with the style and sizzle that took her to Memphis as the vocalist for The Juice,
representing the Cincinnati Blues Society in the 2013 International Blues Challenge. Her exuberant stage presence and powerful, soulful voice continue to delight audiences with her interpretations of the great R&B tunes from the likes of Etta James, Nina Simone, Koko Taylor and many others. To see Lady Joya perform is to know that joy is not only part of her name, it’s who she is.
The Lady Joya Band is:
Lady Joya – Vocals
Lady Joya aka “Angel of the Blues” as deemed by her adoring fans. Lady Joya lights up the room with her effervescent personality and beautiful smile. Her career began as a member of The Red Hounds Blues Band where she was a co-Writer and lead vocalist on selections on the album “Red hounds and Friends”. This studio project ranked #1 on Reverbnation.com, which highlights local bands worldwide. After a citywide search, Lady Joya was chosen to be lead vocalist for the blues band The Juice, formerly known as “II Juicy”. She is featured as lead vocalist on The Juice CD entitled Once in a Blue Moon. The Juice has won the Cincinnati Blues Challenge and represented the Cincinnati Blues Society at the International Blues Challenge held in Memphis, TN. Lady Joya w/The Juice competed for two days against bands from around the world, eventually making it to the semifinals. Lady Joya cohosted “The Cincy Blues Hour” with “Magic Mitch” on WAIF, 88.3 FM Radio Station. This allowed her to not only play albums of her Blues family/friends, but also share albums to which she has lent her voice, i.e., The Red Hounds-Red Hounds and Friends, The Juice- Once in a Blue Moon, The Howard Brothers- Go A Lil’ Faster, Grooveshire- American Son, The Soulfixers- Fix it Up, and The Summit self-titled cd- The Summit.
Chris Dendy – Keyboards
Born in North Carolina and raised in Georgia, Chris has been playing keys in bands for the past 30 years. He’s covered rock, jazz, blues, soul and country with bands in Georgia, Chicago, Indiana and Cincinnati. Chris can bring it all from the roaring bluesy Hammond organ to tasty gospel-tinged piano.
Bob Borgmann – Guitar
A long-time Cincinnati guitarist, Bob brings a variety of influences from blues, rock, classical and jazz to a style that serves the song first. Besides various rock and blues bands over the years, Bob played with The Cincinnati Guitar Trio (a
classical guitar group) for 20 years and currently makes up half of the popular guitar duo The Verbs.
Gary Sabourin- Bass
Gary has been playing bass since he formed a grade school rock band in 1963. Growing up in northern Ohio during the "garage band" era, there were two bands in his neighborhood alone that earned national notice: The Music Explosion ("Little Bit O Soul") and The Ohio Express ("Chewy, Chewy"; "Yummy, Yummy"). Gary's band was more in the vein of Cream, Jimi Hendrix, and The Doors. A long-time fixture of the Cincinnati blues scene, he enjoys the rich musical tradition that flourishes in the Queen City.
Tom "Squid" Coates - Percussion
Tom "Squid" Coates started playing drums in 1966. His tastes cover an expanse of music including rock, country, jazz, blues, and a variety of world music styles. While first learning to play, there were a few records that were particularly influential. To name a few there was John Mayall's Jazz Blues Fusion, B.B. King Live at the Royal Albert Hall, early Fleetwood Mac, and other blues rock bands of the day. The Lady Joya Band not only takes him back to his roots, but reunites him with high school buddy and college roommate, Bob Borgmann. Squid also provides the energy for the surf rock band The AmpFibians.
Daria Acus - vocals, percussion
Daria’s love of music grew from her mom, a dancer, always playing anything from beach music such as The Drifters to Eric Clapton. In high school, she became president of the chorus and stepped into the world of percussion. Learning the xylophone opened the door to instruments such as castanets, hand drums and the tambourine. Daria is no stranger to the stage and microphone with Lady Joya. In 2010, she auditioned for The Red Hounds as a backup vocalist. The two became fast friends and their harmonies were magical. They quickly developed a following and began to lend their harmonies to local projects. Together, always sharing a smile and intent on bringing joy, they became known as the beloved duo, Da’Joy. Daria gained experience performing with local artists The Rhythm Section, Misterman and the Mojo Band and Da’Joy & Friends, playing events, music festivals, coffee houses and clubs. She joined with local artist Brian Jay, as a member of The New Street Choir and Jay’s Xperience taking 3rd place in the Cincinnati Blues Challenge in 2015. She also performed live at the Cincinnati
Music Awards with Grooveshire. Then nationally in 2016, opening with The Summit for chart toppers Kenny Wayne Shepard and Rusted Root. Known to lend her harmonies and vocals to albums such as Happier Now by Jay’s Xperience, American Son by Grooveshire, and the self titled album, The Summit by The Summit.
Barry Feist - sax, harp, vocals
Barry’s musical journey started in 5 th grade playing clarinet. He has been a member of numerous rock/pop/disco bands ever since. He has had the good fortune of recording with a number of different groups and appeared on WEBN Album Project 7. Most recently he played saxophone and percussion on Paul Kuhn’s “The Moon Followed Me Home” CD. Barry met Bob Borgman while working together at Ron’s Roost in Bridgetown OH, and they formed the band “August Moon” together. The two were recently reunited at a Cavalry Bash and friends jam, thus the connection to Lady Joya.