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.
out of 16 bands at the
2019 Cincy Blues Challenge.
"Amazing blues music that can match any band, anywhere"
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.
Tom Cecil – Sax
Tom’s musical experiences have come full circle. Starting on the sax at age fourteen, he played in bands of all types until switching to organ with Delta Blue, a five-piece blues band. Eventually he returned to the sax and as a member of The Horns in Black, worked the horn section for several groups around town, including the Sonny Moorman Group. He then spent many years in BlueStone Ivory, which netted him two Cammy Awards. Besides his work with LJB, he remains active in Santa’s Goody Bag Band, which formed as an offshoot from the old Kings Island Clown Band with the mission to raise money for Shriners Hospital in Cincinnati.
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.
Greg Botos - Drums
Greg has been providing the backbone for Cincinnati area bands for many years. His early playing experiences were in his hometown of Middletown, just north of Cincinnati. As drummer for the Del Hodshire Orchestra, Greg gained experience with 1940's dance-band charts. He then worked for many years with Sounds Unlimited, playing pop and jazz in and around downtown Cincinnati. Greg is active as a private teacher and drumline instructor, specializing in drum set and rudimental snare drum.
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.
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