|Genres||Pop, rock, jazz|
|Associated acts||Sting, Fred Hersch, Nos Novo|
Jo Lawry is an Australian singer and musician. Lawry's debut album, I Want to Be Happy, was released in 2008. Down Beat magazine gave it 4.5 out of 5 and selected it as one of the "Best CDs of the 2000s".
Jo Lawry was raised on an almond farm in South Australia. She studied jazz at Adelaide University and the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston. In 2004, she reached the semi-finals in the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition, and the following year got second in the National Jazz Awards of Australia. In New York City, she met jazz pianist Fred Hersch and became a member of his Pocket Orchestra. She was also a member of James Shipp's Nos Novo, a jazz quartet for which she sang and played fiddle, mandolin, and melodica.
In 2009, Lawry began working with Sting after winning an audition to tour with him. She appeared on his DVD A Winter's Night... Live from Durham Cathedral and toured with him through 2015. She sang on the Live in Berlin album and DVD and on The Last Ship album and DVD. On her first album, I Want to Be Happy (2008), she sang a cover version of his song "Until". They performed a duet on "Impossiblé" from her second album, Taking Pictures.
She is married to Will Vinson, a saxophonist from London.
- I Want to Be Happy (CD Baby/Fleurieu, 2008)
- Taking Pictures (2015)
- Waiting for the Angel (Audio & Video Labs/Miranda, 2015)
- The Bathtub and the Sea (Fleurieu, 2017)
- 2009 Live at Jazz Standard, Fred Hersch
- 2009 Rise Up!, Lonnie Smith
- 2011 Mad Heaven, Peter Eldridge
- 2012 The Multiple Personality Reunion Tour, Guy Klucevsek
- 2013 20 Feet from Stardom
- 2016 Midnight. Hallelujah, Jonatha Brooke
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- "Best CDs of the 2000s". Down Beat. 77 (1): 45. January 2010.
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