First appeared on IGGY: March 02, 2011
Isn’t it refreshing when R&B/soul divas can really sing? And I mean really sing, as in En Vogue sing? As in Destiny’s Child sing? As in you don’t even need honey in your tea ’cause that voice is so damn sweet sing? Well prepare yourself for Philippines-born Joyo Velarde — that is, if you haven’t already been worshiping the ground she walks on. She’s been shilling her debut ablum Love and Understanding for almost a year now, she’s got hair that won’t quit, and she gathered tons of name-dropping cred with Blackalicious and DJ Shadow sharing the Quanuum Projects label with her. These days she’s got some studio work brewing with platinum producer EA-Ski, and her collaborative husband is renowned Japanese/bay area rapper Lyrics Born (which is why her name is now Joyo Shimura). They started their virtuosic, power couple family in California.