Biography

Laura Ozholl Lead Vocals/Guitar
Keira Kenworthy Bass/Vocals
Shelley Walker Lead Guitar/ Vocals
Ellie Daymond Drums

Exploding onto the international music scene in early 2015 with the acclaimed Planet Rock radio singles ‘Live Rock ’n’ Roll, ‘White Trash’ and playlisted favourite ‘Seeds of summer’ JOANovARC’s status as the new ‘Queens of rock’ rose even higher with their debut album, Ride Of Your Life. Released on 9th November 2016 through Red Vixen Records/Universal, available through HMV stores UK and outlets around the world.

The album was recorded at the legendary Rockfield studios and produced by Grammy winning producer Gil Norton (Foo Fighters).

JOANovARC’s self titled second album brings together new songs with a number of the band’s live favourites, including the most recent single ‘Jane’ Classic Rock magazine’s ‘Track of the week’.

Formed in 2004 with original line up sisters Sam and Shelley Walker, Deborah Wildish joined later the same year. After five years as a trio, Laura Ozholl completed this line-up in 2009. In 2019 the lineup changed once more with Ellie Daymond on drums and Keira Kenworthy on bass continuing JOANovARC’s reputation for exceptional musicianship, longevity, songwriting and unrelenting hard work.

The band is a global phenomenon from electrifying performances on tour in Europe, Japan, other parts of Asia, the Middle East, Caribbean and a tour in California USA with an electrifying performance supporting ‘Huntress’ at the famous Viper Rooms in Hollywood Sunset Blvd.

The band’s singles have been playlisted by radio stations Planet Rock (including by the legendary Alice Cooper) Hard Rock Hell radio and Total Rock, gaining rave reviews from the international rock music press, including Classic Rock magazine and Kerrang!

Joanovarc have been nominated for the ‘Angels of Rock’ Hard Rock Hell award 2017 alongside rock legends Girlschool and Rock Goddess. 2017 best song in the top 20 of the Hard Rock Hell radio charts. Planet Rock ‘Best new band’ award nomination 2018. Classic Rock Magazine ‘Track of the week’ with their new single ‘Jane’ and the JOANovARC album is out now with stunning reviews.

Their electrifying live shows, outstanding live reviews and a rapidly growing fan base have seen producer Gil Norton dub them ‘the new Queens of rock’, recognising their status as a truly powerful example of women in music The venues and festivals played by the band are almost too numerous to mention. In 2016 these have included the Camden Rock festival, Ireland Bike Festival, Harley Davidson Thunder in the Glens festival, the Liverpool Empire, many iconic London venues and with numerous performances at Hard Rock Hell and Planet Rock Festivals supporting major international rock acts.

JOANovARC have performed at many major events, including biker festivals in Austria, France, Croatia, Italy, Slovakia and the UK; a wide range of UK festivals and have even found time to feature at the five star-rated One Night Of Rock theatre shows in the UK. The list of ‘name’ artists that the band has supported is similarly impressive, including Skindred, Huntress, Wizzard, Adam Ant, Bad Company, Beth Hart, Bonnie Tyler, Deborah Bonham, Eighties Matchbox B-line Disaster, Girlschool, Marillion, Never the Bride, Sarah Smith, Slade, Tenors of Rock, Toploader and Toto.

They have recently worked with Adam Barron (The Voice) and were invited to play at the wedding of Bad Company’s Dave Colwell. In 2014 they recorded Wild One with John Altman (aka EastEnders’ Nick Cotton), a Christmas cover of the song made famous by Iggy Pop.

Endorsements

Blackstar Amplifiers, Harley Davidson UK, VocalZone, Cloven Hoof, NWOCR, Colin Leslie eyewear, Vater Drumsticks, GHS Strings and Roqsolid power covers.

TV & Film

The band toured Europe in 2015 with the concept of it being 1986 – unable to use mobile phones, WiFi, laptops or personal electronics – as a social experiment to show how dependent people now are on technology. The tour was recorded for a TV documentary, scheduled to be broadcast in 2017.The girls have also featured in the Chinese blockbuster Triumph in the Skies, which starred Sammi Cheng – one of the most popular female singers in Hong Kong. Released in February 2015, the film earned US$25m in China and HK$21.5m in Hong Kong. They have also just finished filming Is This Now, an independent film directed by the award-winning Joe Scott, due to be released in 2018. JOANovARC have won the Gold Award at the International Independent Film Awards for best Sound Track in ‘Is this now’ Premiere in New York City USA in October 2017.

Press & Radio quotes

‘Vote for Joanovarc classy new single ‘Jane’ Track of the week

Classic Rock Magazine ‘Winner Track of the week’

London hard-rockers JOANovARC were nothing short of sensational and blew off any lingering cobwebs from last night’s excesses with tunes like ‘This Way’, ‘Jane’ and ‘The Girls Wanna Rock’, which saw lead guitarist Shelley Walker play some serious shreds on her knees. The ultimate cover of Lynyrd Skynyrd swiftly built up in speed and intensity before transgressing into an explosive instrumental.

Planet Rock Magazine

‘Joanovarc may just have produced one of the best rock albums of 2019’

Devolution magazine

“A pleasure to work with in the studio, great musicians and one of the most hard working bands I know.”

Gil Norton – Grammy-winning producer (Foo Fighters )

”I love working with the girls! They have great energy.”

John Altman – EastEnders actor and musician

“Best live band that I have seen in a long time!”

Stuart Epps – Record producer for Led Zeppelin, Oasis, Elton John and Robbie Williams.

“Their sound is stylish, powerful and certainly has a direct lineage to Girlschool and Rock Goddess. In fact, there’s a strong case for saying that this quartet are the natural successors to those two bands.”

Malcolm Dome – Classic Rock magazine.

“I love this singer! It sounds like it’s very easy for her to sing. There’s also a fat guitar tone that sounds like a plump nesting bird!”

Andrew W.K. – Rock musician (Kerrang! magazine)

“It’s great to hear really great melodies in JOANovARCs music. You don’t hear that too often in rock!”

Benji from Skindred

“Sounds wicked! I really have a thing for JOANovARC!”

Annie Nightingale – Radio 1

“These girls can shred!” Bruce Dickinson – Iron Maiden “Totally mind blowing and it is no wonder that this band has been recently gigging on the European mainland. All the tracks are of a high calibre alternative rock style, with catchy melodies galore.”

Dave Smith – Raven Heart Music

“I love the new track Peace of Mind.”

Kelly Betts – BBC Introducing

“London’s JOANovARC kicked off the Wall Street main stage. The four ladies in the band played a terrific set of melodic rock music for the early crowd.”

Katt Coffin Florida – Music festival press.

 



Thanks to Robin Johnson at 9016 Creative for assistance with the band biography –  www.9016.uk