Contemporary saxophonist, author, and music producer Jackiem Joyner is set to release his 7th album, Touch, worldwide this fall, 2019.
After more than 12 years as a recording artist, Jackiem continues to stand out with electrifying live performances and brilliant music productions. As a performer, he has toured over 30 countries and performed with the likes of the late George Duke, Marcus Miller, Keiko Matsui, Donnie McClurkin, Angela Bofill, Najee, Kirk Whalum, Peter White, and many, many more. Joyner’s radio success is widely known within the industry.
Joyner has two number 1 hit songs, five top 10 billboard singles, and a number one debut album under his belt. In addition, he published the highly acclaimed science fiction novel Zarya, which received high praise and a five star rating on Amazon.
“This album is about romance,” Joyner explains of Touch. “I wanted to give everyone something hip, smooth, and sexy at the same time.” The record has an urban feel, laced with the hottest down tempo vibes. The album shares similar textures to the music of artists Tank and Trey Songz. Joyner’s soprano sax leads the charge through most of the album.
“My approach to performing on this record was to be melodic and dynamic with my horn”. Peter White joins Jackiem on the first single, “Last Dance”. The combination of soprano sax and nylon guitar pulls you in with its romantic and catchy melody.
Najee serves up the flute on a dreamy urban song called “Fairytales”. The unique mix of flute and soprano sax on this vibey tune form one of Joyner’s best performances and productions. The song was written together with Tim Bailey, aka Twizzboy.
Born to a Vietnam War vet father and dedicated mother in Norfolk, VA,, growing up wasn’t easy for Jackiem. He set his sights high from a young age; he always dreamed of being a performing artist, as unlikely as it was, given his humble upbringings. Even as a child, he loved the attention he received from family when he danced away to Michael Jackson songs.
Now, Jackiem is proud to stand front and center on the main stage most weekends around the country. A quick glance at Joyner’s track record makes it clear that he continues to beat the odds in a tough and competitive music industry. “I love what I do and I have passion”, Jackiem says. “I don’t care how hard things get, it’ll never stop me from doing what I love: playing the sax, writing music and stories, and performing live.” His love of writing novels came as a surprise to many of his fans. “I’m very excited to release my second novel soon after my album release,” Joyner says. “Writing stories is now a big part of my creative journey.”
The first single from Joyner’s last album, Main Street Beat (2017), was named for his daughter, Trinity. Joyner’s adoration for his little girl is clearly expressed through the live, pop-influenced song, driven by Steve Oliver’s guitar. The song was an instant hit. Reaching no. 2 on the billboard. We’re all dying to see if she follows in dad’s footsteps with her own stage career some day!
With the creation of his company, JOYNER MEDIA COMPANY L.L.C., Joyner hopes to inspire other creators to follow their dreams and realize their true potential in art and multimedia. When Jackiem is not touring the world, he spends time giving lectures to students across the country. He also enjoys talking to band classes, helping them with practice and offering insight on how to pursue a career in the performing arts.
Currently, Joyner is on a US tour in support of his new album, Touch.
He will be touring Los Angeles, CA – Washingto, DC – Hampton, VA – Melbourne, FL – Detroit, MI – Chicago, IL – Charleston, SC – Houston, TX – Rehoboth Beach, DE – Mazlatan, Mexico – Syracuse, NY – Tampa, FL – Atlanta, GA, and many more cities.
With a career spanning over 20 years in music, multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter and producer Steve Oliver is still being heard each day on contemporary jazz radio around the world. As a first-call producer and writer for many artists in the genre, his influence and impact continues to shine with his new, eleventh full-length album “Illuminate”. A follow up to 2016’s acclaimed all vocal project “Pictures & Frames” (recorded with the legendary Vinnie Colaiuta on drums and Leland Sklar on bass at the famed Capitol Studios in Hollywood), Illuminate is record deeply rooted in contemporary jazz guitar melodies and Steve’s trademark wordless vocalese. The album shines a light upon Steve’s highly successful career – one that has produced multiple #1 hits on the Billboard charts and countless radio staples over nearly two decades.
With Steve’s instantly recognizable guitar lines and a list of guest artists that includes bass virtuoso Jimmy Haslip, the incredible Joel Taylor on drums, and sax luminary Nelson Rangell, Illuminate puts the spotlight back on one of the genre’s most engaging performers and songwriters.
Having released eight studio albums, a live CD / DVD package and a “Best Of”, for Oliver, music is therapy and a welcomed diversion from the current world climate. With radio hits to his credit including “High Noon”, “Fun In The Sun”, and “Global Kiss”, today Oliver is just as comfortable being a creator, adviser, and mentor to others. A former touring member of veteran jazz group Acoustic Alchemy, Steve has also co-written and produced tracks with Grammy award winning pianist Omar Akram and many smooth jazz notables such as Brian Simpson, Paul Taylor and Tom Schuman. He’s also supported up-and-coming acts, co-writing and producing albums for Chase Huna, Billy Ray Sheppard, Vertice Williams, Wednesday Ball and Ray Anthony & Powerslyde.