The journey so far...
Joanne Slagel grew up in the North of Auckland, New Zealand where she is currently based. A confident stage presenter, Joanne weaves together her captivating voice and polished guitar skills to perform songs ranging from toe-tapping to eye-misting. Her style can fall into various genre categories and often tends to be inspired by folk or jazz sounds. Utilising a loop pedal gives Joanne flexibility to layer her performance and rumour has it she is occasionally inspired to incorporate the trumpet.
Joanne has been singing professionally for over ten years and has performed at numerous weddings, restaurants, bars and functions. After an eleven year career as a music educator, she has only recently decided to take the plunge and pursue music as a full time occupation. While her musical career at present is focused on playing live around Auckland at various functions and events, Joanne also writes her own music and has recently started selling tickets to her own shows. She released her debut EP Where’s the Time in the year *cough cough (ages ago)* under her maiden name Joanne Chester and has plans to release a second record later this year.
Of further “note”, Joanne has written three musicals with her husband Marcus, all of which are Christmas themed. The first two have been performed at City Impact Church Auckland before an audience of 3000-4000 people in 2013 and 2015. The third premiered in both Queenstown and Invercargill in December 2018. Joanne has also performed semi-regularly as a feature vocalist with Queen City Big Band for over a decade. All to say, Joanne is well versed with various roles of performance and production, and is equally at home with constructing a show from its grass roots all the way to owning the spotlight with the professional backing of a 20 piece jazz band.
As for most people, Joanne’s future is still ahead of her, but if she were to make a thoughtful stab at guessing what it might hold, it could be a gloriously shining career as a musical entertainer. She might even be playing for someone exactly like you!