BWW Interview: JERSEY BOYS' Joseph Leo Bwarie Talks Career and November 15 Album Release Concert in Washington, DC Area
You've also made your mark as a studio singer for film. What are some of the things that make that experience different from performing a concert or in a live theatrical production? Do you prefer one over the other and, if so, why?
They are very different. And yet, all very intimate when the stars align. My heart lives in the studio. Recording my albums (Nothin' But Love, The Good Stuff, A Little Christmas) has been my greatest personal achievement. Performing live in concert with live musicians is unparalleled. Standing at a microphone as myself and connecting with a room full of people who have chosen to be in that room - is an honor, always. Meanwhile, the spectrum of theatrical performances I have been blessed with spans the gamut. I have learned so much from being directed by others and originating characters with a creative team. There is nothing like live theatre.
You already have one album out entitled, Nothin' But Love, and had another one recently come out in November entitled, The Good Stuff. Both sonically and artistically, what did you want to achieve with the first album? Your second album?
My second album "dropped" on November 10, 2015. It's called The Good Stuff and the title does somewhat summarize my approach to making music. "Only the best." "Can we do better?" These are both phrases that dominate the beginning of my creative process when embarking on building an album. I want each listener to be treated to an experience, but I never want to control what that experience is. My goal is to offer a soundscape that is sonically cinematic. There are surprises and moments of unpredictability, and even theatricality that hint at my personality and sensibility as an artist.
How would you describe yourself as an artist?
In high school I took two semesters of painting with a great teacher, Mrs. Turner. She taught me so much about color and texture and rule bending and expression. Every one of my creative collaborations is some extension of that high version of me with some tubes of paint and a handful of brushes.
You'll be performing at AMP by Strathmore in mid-November in the Washington, DC area. What might fans expect from the performance? What kind of music will you be performing?
First of all, I have the best fans. And they will be there. And they are ready for The Good Stuff live in concert. And so am I. The night is built on incredible arrangements by music industry legend Charlie Calello. I will be at the microphone swingin' with the JLB band (wait 'til you hear this horn section). And forthose coming to AMP and my concert for the first time, this is concert is from the heart. We are going to share a night celebrating good music, good lyrics, good fun and good company - "The Good Stuff."
What's next for you?
I am really enjoying the present. I have been working on this new album and A Little Christmas, my Christmas EP (also is being released this November), for about two years. Many people have been involved in the development of these records. And we all are beaming ear to ear with the final result. So, with the holidays approaching, I am looking forward to continuing to share my music with anyone who loves a good song. Cheers!
For tickets to the November 15 concert, visit the AMP by Strathmore website. AMP by Strathmore is located at 11810 Grand Avenue in North Bethesda, Maryland. Doors open 90 minutes before the 8:00 PM showtime.