|This biographical article relies too much on references to primary sources. (May 2007)|
|Birth name||Joi Cardwell|
October 8, 1967 |
New York City, New York
|Genres||R&B, soul, house, old skool, pop, dance|
|Occupation(s)||Singer-songwriter, music producer, record producer, musician|
|Labels||Nervous Records, No-Mad Industries, Eightball Records|
|Associated acts||Toshinobu Kubota|
Born in New York City in the late-1960s and raised in various areas of Queens; her early influences included Billie Holiday, Barbra Streisand, and Minnie Riperton. Cardwell appeared on stage at Carnegie Hall at the age of five in a dance recital, and was used to being on a stage by the time she was a teenager. She worked as a back-up session vocalist for Melba Moore, Jermaine Jackson, LL Cool J, and The Pointer Sisters. After graduating from New York University with degrees in English and Music in the mid-1980s, she studied voice for a year primarily in order to master control, as she had already developed and retained her own personal style. After her studies, she wrote and published songs for major R&B acts such as Kashif, LA Posse, and Malika Thomas.
Her close affiliation with Kashif led to an album deal with Arista Records in 1988 for her pop R&B girl-group, The Promise. Since the market in the 1980s was already saturated with sweet-sounding, bubbly R&B groups, it was difficult for The Promise to stand. As a result, Cardwell decided to answer an ad in the Village Voice that read, "Epic recording artist looking for a background singer for a live tour. "The recording artist turned out to be house-music innovator Lil Louis of Lil Louis and The World, whose 1992 hits "Club Lonely" and "Saved My Life" from the album Journey with the Lonely featured Cardwell on vocals.
Cardwell’s experience as a vocalist and songwriter turned out to be exactly what Lil Louis had been searching for in a singer. He proved to be an early influence for Cardwell’s sound, which melds a new dance beat with a thoughtful lyrical twist. Cardwell creates material that sounds as though she’s musing quietly about life while a dancing throng gyrates with joy nearby, and her lyrics are soulful, romantic, and thought-provoking. Shortly after meeting Lil Louis, Cardwell conceived the single "Dancing in My Sleep, "and within a week of penning it, she was in Chicago cutting demos and well on her way to a career as a dance-hall diva and R&B songstress. When "Club Lonely "reached the number one mark, Cardwell distanced herself from the Lil Louis project. In 1993, she toured in Japan for eight months as a background singer for Japanese soul singer Toshinobu Kubota. Cardwell gleaned experience from the large overseas tour returned to the U.S. significantly more focused and ready to tackle a solo singing career. In 1995 Cardwell contributed the single "The Creator Has A Master Plan" to the Brooklyn Funkessentials’ album Cool & Steady & Easy, and the single "Luv Connection" to the Towa Tei (of Dee-Lite) album Future Listening.
Cardwell released the single "Trouble" in 1994 on Eight Ball Records, which was a double-pack single including remixes from Junior Vasquez, Sotoshi Tomiie, and Deep Dish.
Cardwell released an album titled The World is Full of Trouble in 1995, followed by Joi Cardwell in 1997. Cardwell’s second album combined three of her most successful singles, "You Gotto Pray," "Soul to Bare," and "Run to You," with nine original tracks, and it received favorable reviews. In 1996, she toured with Toshinobu Kubota on the Oyeees! Tour.
Cardwell’s single "Holdin' On" was created by producer Kyle "Small" Smith. It was originally sung by the teen music sensation Kim Moore and her male counterpart Jay, and Jay sang with Cardwell on the single as well. The single was also remixed into jazz versions. In 1997, Cardwell garnered attention with her hit singles "Run to You" and "Found Love" in her self-titled release in 1997. In 2000, she toured again as a background vocalist for her long-time friend Toshinobu Kubota during the Nothing But As One Tour. In 2005, Cardwell released her fourth album, Plain Jane Project. In 2007, she released her fifth album A Beautiful Life. In 2009, she released her sixth album Wanderlust (The Soundtrack).
- 1995: The World Is Full of Trouble
- 1997: Joi Cardwell
- 1999: Deliverance
- 2005: Plain Jane Project
- 2006: Hits and More
- 2007: A Beautiful Life
- 2009: Wanderlust (The Soundtrack)
- 2011: Must Be The Music
- 2014: The Art of Being
|Year||Single||Hot Dance Music/Club Play||Hot Dance Airplay||UK Singles Chart||Album|
|1992||Club Lonely (Lil Louis & The World featuring Joi Cardwell)||1||1||-||Lil Louis & The World - Journey With The Lonely|
|Saved My Life (Lil Louis & The World featuring Joi Cardwell)||1||1||74|
|1994||Trouble||11||-||-||The World Is Full Of Trouble|
|Jump For Joi||2||-||-|
|Love & Devotion||3||-||-|
|1995||Luv Connection (Towa Tei featuring Joi Cardwell)||30||-||-||Towa Tei - Future Listening|
|My First Christmas With You||-||-||-||Non-album single|
|1996||You Got To Pray||1||-||-||The World Is Full Of Trouble|
|1997||Soul To Bare||2||-||-||Joi Cardwell|
|Run To You||1||-||-|
|1999||Last Chance For Love||17||-||-||Deliverance|
|Jump For Joi||7||-||-||Jump For Joi Millennium Mixes - EP|
|2003||After The Rain||-||-||-||Non-album single|
|If You're Ever Lonely||-||-||-|
|2004||Mind Control (Joi & Jorio)||20||-||-|
|Freedom||7||-||-||The Plain Jane Project|
|Make It Alright (Lenny Fontana & Joi Cardwell)||-||-||-||Non-album single|
|What It Feels Like||30||-||-||The Plain Jane Project|
|2012||Return to Love||-||-||-||The Art of Being|
|Shot Through the Heart||-||-||-|
- List of number-one dance hits (United States)
- List of artists who reached number one on the US Dance chart
- IMO Records. http://www.imorecords.co.uk/house-2/house-artists/joi-cardwell-biography/ "Joi Cardwell Biography"], IMO Records' Retrieved on 08 March 2011.
- Joi Cardwell Discography Singles. All Music Guide. Retrieved on October 20, 2012
- Joi Cardwell Discography. All Music Guide. Retrieved on October 20, 2012