Joyce San Mateo
Joyce is a vocalist and songwriter whose penchant for soul, funk, gospel and jazz started at an early age back home in the Philippines.
Her dad Romy taught her jazz standards from when she was little being a pianist / musician / musical director himself. It’s no surprise that when asked who her music influences are that names like Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughn, Seawind, Patti Austin, Dianne Reeves, Brand new heavies, Incognito, Anita Baker, Chaka Khan, and Aretha Franklin would be mentioned among other artists. The early part of her career was in Asia where Joyce featured as a solo vocalist in numerous five-star hotels and music lounges.
In the 2013 edition of the Delft Jazz Festival Joyce got invited to perform with American trumpeter Tom Browne of “Funkin’ for Jamaica “ fame and subsequently led to another performance at Paradiso in Amsterdam in the same year. This was the start of their musical collaboration which led to various projects. She became a featured vocalist in his concerts in Europe and in some U.S. performances ever since. In Tom Browne’s 2016 EP release “Legacy”, Joyce was once again a featured vocalist and co-wrote the tracks “Daydreamin’”, "Life", and "Wishes". Joyce’s vocals were also heard on the track "Mandela" from the same EP. Latest offerings came in Tom Browne’s "Come What May" album released in October of 2020 ,co-writing the music and lyrics while doing lead and back-up vocals, with a full length vocal solo performance in the song "I believe".
In December 2019, guesting at the radio program Grooves XL in Amsterdam, Joyce met master bassist George Anderson of the multi-awarded funk jazz U.K. band Shakatak. This led to a collaboration in the song "Let's Celebrate life" in March 2020. The said song is the first track to be released on October 23, 2020 for Anderson’s latest album in 2020. At present, they are working on another song for the album while Joyce is also busy working on her own solo projects and collaborations with other artists and bands.