Joyce San Mateo
This consummate performer started out singing gospel in a church choir. At home, she was spoonfed with jazz standards and soul funk by her father who's a pianist and musical director (and still active at the moment even on his late 70's). She became a professional jazz vocalist in her 1st year of college doing predominantly lounge acts at several five-star-hotels in the Philippines followed by various stints in neighboring Asian countries.
1998 marked an important milestone in her career with her move to the Netherlands where she explored and expanded her musical performances in genres like R&B/Soul, Dance, Rock, Trance, Gospel and Funk. This led to a prolific collaboration with multiple cover bands playing all sorts of musical styles.
Her recording of the dance versions of "You to me are everything" and "Celebration" made it to the Baja Beach Club CD of 1998. As "Missy J", she made it to the Trance 100 with her recording of "Tell me". She also ended up as a finalist in De Grote Prijs van Nederland in the category Vocalist in Dance Music.
Joyce went back to her roots in 2008 singing with jazz artists like Ruud Jacobs and Martijn Iterson. A highlight of that year was her performance with the Dutch Queen of Jazz, Rita Reys, dubbed afterparty of "Jazz-aan-de-Plazz" in Nieuwkoop's De Watergeus.
In august 14 till 18 2013, she appeared as a featured vocalist of the amazing Mr. Tom Browne, American jazz trumpeter, popular for the hit "Funkin' for Jamaica". This collaboration saw them onstage together in Delft Jazz (aug. 17th) and Paradiso Theater Amsterdam (aug. 18th). In november of that same year, they started collaborating with the latest CD of Tom Browne. He made the music in the U.S. while in the Netherlands she wrote the lyrics and melody on it.
She joined the successful European tour of Tom Browne in april 2014. April 16th, they performed together at the Fasching Jazz Club in Stockholm, Sweden. April 18th, at the Jazz Cafe Camden in London, U.K. .
Back in the Netherlands, in August 30, 2014, she did a solo jazz concert at the "Jazz in de Gracht", Jazz festival in The Hague. In November 28th, she was a special guest vocalist of Isaac and friends at the famous North Sea Jazz Club in Amsterdam.
Presently Joyce! continues to perform with bands namely Brother Sister(with Mr. Bart Brandjes-the Voice of Holland finalist), Fusion Juice, Asian Connection, Supersession, What the Fonk and Tom Browne's vocalist when he's in Europe. She is also presently writing lyrics, creating melodies, recording and collaborating with various producers and artists.