Happy Ever After
Joanna Higgins possesses a unique vocal ability. With a sound that marries her traditional singing background with a classical training, Joanna has the ability to bring a new dimension to both her own and traditional songs. An All-Ireland traditional singing champion when only a teen, Joanna went on to develop her interest in various forms of singing, receiving a classical training which enabled her to become a professional chorister and to eventually develop her own style. Joanna sang with the National Chamber Choir of Ireland and Opera Ireland before taking on the role of choir leader in Riverdance. This enabled her to tour North America performing in Radio City Music Hall and also in the full Broadway run of Riverdance in the Gershwin Theatre. Whilst in New York Joanna continued her vocal training and began song writing. Joanna is heavily influenced by both traditional and jazz music and this is evident in her debut album 'Happy Ever After'. Many of the songs on this album, which are self penned, are reminiscent in style of the American songbook. Joanna has also recorded beautiful jazz infused arrangements of traditional songs such as 'My love is like a red, red, rose' and 'Danny Boy'. It has been a long-time ambition of Joanna's to record this album and with the help of her husband, musician and arranger Derek Collins, they have produced a truly unique collection of songs that are tender and pure, rich and emotional in equal measure.