JO came into this world to sing her songs. That's her fantasy. 'I believe in Paradise, heaven in my hand, and I believe if you believe you'll see a magic land,' she sings. What are YOUR dreams, and what fantasies do YOU hold for your life? Have you accomplished them? Are you moving toward them? We all have something important to say! This album will inspire you to go for your dreams! 'Fantasy Woman Feel Your Wings, Sunshine in Your Hair. Fill the World with Your Song, fill the place you belong. Fill the whole world with your dream!' 'An energy bubbles to the surface in her songs, which comes across as smooth and breathy - almost jazzy.' (Peninsula Gateway Newspaper. January 9, 2002.) jo writes about the most intimate and trying aspects of her life. She was raised in a loving family on a farm with two brothers and a sister, only to later find herself dis-inherited in a world that still thinks men are more important -- worth more! The track is called 'Sister's Song. 'One day my brothers went away; it happened very slowly. They'd faded from my childhood heart. I tried to bring them back, but they were gone....' The story was featured in 'The Edmonton Journal' along with a link for readers to hear the track. Jo received emails back from listeners with similar stories to tell. A bonus feature of the CD booklet is a memoir about jo's idyllic chilhood. It's illustrated and just may remind many of you of your own childhood, and the dreams that were laid way back then. Desire for family never goes away. Jo has sung many different styles. She was raised on music. As a kid she'd go to the piano if she was in trouble and pretend she was Julie Andrews. Coincidentally, later in life, audiences actually commented at a performance (at Pontevechio's in Seattle) that her voice reminded them of a young Julie Andrews. But jo just wants to be herself. Though she studied acting in Los Angeles, she dropped it preferring her own lines to those written by someone else. Fiercely independent but shy, jo searches to find her place in the world. Earlier she's sung opera in Japan and Canada, Community Concert Series throughout the Northwest,and opened a Merritt Mountain Country Music Festival for 80,000. She's been a model, an English Teacher, and a Private Eye whose business card read: THE SINGING DETECTIVE! As a matter of fact, it was on a long and lonely road trip as a Private Eye where she encountered the road sign 'Moonbeam Creek.' It was a song waiting to be written and she did it as a place in a dream '...Lonely traveler in the night, ghost along a road, wet with fog. I walked the darkest day and I lost my way, lost my way, long ago, wild and free...you'll find peace at Moonbeam Creek...' jo is the proud mother of a daughter for whom she wrote the lullaby called 'Ride the Moon', track 9 on the album. The vocals float and jo plays piano herself on one track. The songs are rich and suggestive. A muted trumpet conjures up night scenes in big cities, and looks at our awkward feelings about the homeless in 'Blue Woman Passin'.' It was a inspired by a homeless person jo used to see at the off-ramp to her home, and jo wondered, 'what does she carry in her bags? Is it tears, or rags?' 'Velvet Afternoon' is a romantic song of love renewed. 'Velvet afternoon after winter rain. Sunshine's comin in, curtains wide.Lacy in the light, memories flood my mind and I can float away, creamy white like old times...just like old times....' Her formal studies were in classical voice and piano. But jo is au naturel now, and FANTASY WOMAN presents ballads in a soft pop/New Age/ adult contemporary way. With elegance and taste jo sings of private moods and her hopes for a more compassionate world. She sings of love and loss and is forever optimistic. 'Bless the Children' a soft jazz arrangement of Brahms Lullaby, was inspired by a Bosnian war photo in the New York Times. It showed a child asleep on rough pavement, surrounded by armed soldiers and dirty, messy graffiti on the walls asking for, 'no more war.' She wrote the lyrics: 'Lullaby and goodnight, may the world rest in peace. May the children lie safe. May the guns all lie still...' She is accompanied by the poet of the piano, Dave Press. Her debut CD - FANTASY WOMAN - brings jo closer to becoming the woman of her dreams. Presently jo is planning a one woman show to showcase the CD. In addition she collaborated on music for a production of the Discovery Channel.'Two Smart Blonds,' was her show incorporating her poetry with improvisational piano. She brought an acapella version of 'Amazing Grace' to Vancouver Arts Club annual Aids Concert, and performed at the Commodore Club there. She was also part of Fred West's Seattle Cantabile Choir, singing to whales off Orcas Island in 1999.This was an event so exciting that when prepared repertoire was all used up,and the whales were surfacing all around, the NY Times reporter shouted, 'Sing Hark the Hearald Angels Sing,' and this was the middle of summer! Broadway roles have included the sexy flight attendant, April, in a Portland production of Sondheim's 'Company,' and Fruma Sarah in 'Fiddler' in Vancouver, BC., Canada, and she sang the role of Bellamy in 'The Fantasticks' at the Hudson Theater, in Hollywood, CA. Jo's skills were admired and encouraged by her coach, Ellen Faull, who has been the vocal coach for such stars as Sarah Brightman and Dawn Upshaw. Always on the lyrical side, jo has a tender romantic voice that floats effortlessly. HER ALBUM IS ONE TO SIT WITH AND LISTEN CLOSELY AS YOU WOULD LISTEN TO AN OLD FRIEND. It is her fantasy come true - a fantasy she wants to share with you now. She sums it up in the song called 'Believe.' I BELIEVE IN PARADISE, HEAVEN IN MY HAND. AND I BELIEVE IF YOU BELIEVE, YOU'LL SEE A MAGIC LAND! Personal message from jo: Please e mail me. I would love to talk with you. I love life! Love to write. I love to salsa dance. Love flowers. Love colors! I love my cat. (His name is George.) And I would so love to have you hear my music, and talk to me --make the fantasy real. Thank you. Jo.