Joyce

Joyce is a mononym of Joycé Silveira Palhano de Jesus (b. 31 Jan 1948, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil), a mpb / bossa nova singer / guitarist / composer / arranger who débuted with the album "Joyce" (1968, Philips) and, aside from subsiquent collaborations, her latest is "Slow Music" (Jul 2009, Biscoito Fino). Since her 1968 premier, she has recorded over twenty solo albums & appeared on many records (e.g. with Elis Regina, Toninho Horta, and Vinicius de Moraes & Yoko Kanno). ...show more

Joyce is a mononym of Joycé Silveira Palhano de Jesus (b. 31 Jan 1948, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil), a mpb / bossa nova singer / guitarist / composer / arranger who débuted with the album "Joyce" (1968, Philips) and, aside from subsiquent collaborations, her latest is "Slow Music" (Jul 2009, Biscoito Fino). Since her 1968 premier, she has recorded over twenty solo albums & appeared on many records (e.g. with Elis Regina, Toninho Horta, and Vinicius de Moraes & Yoko Kanno).

In recent years, she has collaborated extensively with João Donato. Much of Joyce's work has been compared to the early boom of the jazz fusion scene, in the USA. She got her start in music by listening to her brother play the guitar, as well as listening to Ella Fitzgerald, Miles Davis and Billie Holiday for inspiration on emotions conveyed in music. Many people came into Joyce's house, and she easily got swept up in the music scene, having had in her childhood great encouragement in music.

Joyce refers to her music as "MCB" (Creative Music of Brazil), rather than mpb. She has recorded many movie and TV soundtracks, and is creator and host of the music-infused television program "Cantos do Rio". She has also written a memoir, Fotografei Você na Minha Rolleyflex. In it, she discusses her experiences in the bossa nova and MPB movements, providing a fascinating portrait of fellow musicians, including João Gilberto. ...show less