About Joyce

Singer Joyce Breach lives in New York. Winner of the 2000 MAC Award for Best Jazz Performer and winner of the 1998 Bistro Award for Best CD, This Moment, she is an accomplished and sophisticated interpreter of classic American popular song. Before moving to New York in the 1990's, she was a well-known singer of long-standing reputation in her hometown of Pittsburgh, PA when she began to develop a more national profile with her first CD for Audiophile Records, released in 1992. In the fall of 1992, she made her New York debut at the Mabel Mercer Foundation Cabaret Convention in Town Hall. On October 25, 2002, Joyce was presented with the Mabel Mercer Foundation's Cabaret Classic award celebrating her dedication to keeping alive the art of fine singing. Joyce is a favorite at the popular Noon Concert Series at St. Peter's Church. Joyce's New York engagements include the Algonquin's Oak Room, Russian Tea Room, Arci's Place, Danny's and the Firebird Cafe. Joyce made her Plush Room debut in San Francisco in 2001. In 2002, 2003, and 2004 she played to sell-out crowds at London's Pizza on the Park where she recorded her first live CD, Live in London, on Audiophile.

"I've been singing since I was about two. I've been told that I started to sing when I started to talk. I was always singing and always entertaining people. I knew from the time I was little that I never wanted to be anything but a singer."
After an appearance at the West Coast Cabaret Convention in San Francisco on June 9, 2000, a reviewer in the San Francisco Chronicle wrote, "Joyce Breach, whom I had not heard before, sang with a real sense of rhythmic adventure in a number from the motion picture High Society. Breach alsolike Doris Day and Ella Fitzgeraldhad a disarming way of letting her breath support ease away at the end of a phrase that made You're Sensational downright seductive." The velvet-voiced singer, as Rex Reed recently referred to her, is know for her excellent musicianship and taste, and her sophisticated interpretations of American classic pop--the songs of Berlin, Gershwin, Porter, Rodgers & Hart, Arlen, and Sondheim among others. She is the last of a breed of singer from a less-frantic era, following in the footsteps of Rosemary Clooney, Jeri Southern, Doris Day and Peggy Lee, but definitely her own singer and definitely one with class.
A frequent collaborator, pianist/arranger Keith Ingham, says of Joyce, "She has this really warm sound, a richness, an Ella kind of thing...It's very hard to find singers who sing as naturally as Joyce does. No artifice, no gimmicks, no cutesy-pie or Betty Boop stuff!" In the Village Voice, David Finkel described her voice as "scotch neat."

At home in the world of jazz as well as cabaret, she recently recorded her 11th recording, Remembering Mabel Mercer, Volume Three with Keith Ingham. Her other CDs available on Audiophile Records include, Live In London, Remembering Mabel Mercer, Remembering Mabel Mercer, Volume TwoLove is the Thing with cabaret legend William Roy, Reel Songs, a collection of songs from the movies, Nothing But Blue Skies, both with Ingham, This Moment with William Roy, Lovers After All with Sir Richard Rodney Bennett, Confessions with Loonis McGlohon, Songbird and A Christmas Memory have all received excellent critical reviews.

"I'd be in my bedroom listening to
Judy Garland, Peggy Lee, Sarah Vaughn, Doris Day, Frank Sinatra, and I was singing along. You learn a lot that way, like phrasing, just by osmosis. And you learn it from the best!"

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