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Must Be the Music, Joi Cardwell

Joi Cardwell

May 23rd, 2013

Joi Cardwell


Years Active:
'90s, '00s

Joi Cardwell


Joi Cardwell sang for the pleasure of it before she turned professional and started contributing backing vocals for a list of other artists that includes LL Cool J, the Pointer Sisters, and Jermaine Jackson. A native of New York City, she stepped onto the stage at Carnegie Hall when she was five years old, singing “Three Blind Mice” as part of her school's performance there. Her teen years saw the dream of performing solidify, and she enrolled in New York University as a liberal arts major with a concentration in philosophy and literature. During her time at NYU, she entered a talent competition hosted by Harlem's Apollo Theatre. She earned top prize a total of five times, the first time by belting out “For Your Eyes Only.” It wasn't long before she turned professional and started touring with Ben E. King. Producer Kashif tapped her to join a group called the Promise in 1989. The all-girl outfit made one album, but the recording was never released. Within two years, Cardwell quit to strike out on her own. She sang on the dance numbers “Saved My Life” and “Club Lonely” in 1992. During this time she sang backup for others, while her own solo career took her to a string of labels. She put out “Was It Something I Said” for Epic, “Holdin' On” for Freetown Records, and “Hot Little Body” for Tribal America, which also featured Behavior and Fred Jorio. A new career phase started in 1994, when Cardwell signed with Eightball Records, an independent label based in New York. She penned all the songs on The World Is Full of Trouble, her debut album, which she also produced. The 1995 album launched the hit single “Trouble.” She went on to score hits with the singles “You Got to Pray,” “Run to You,” “Jump for Joi,” and “Soul to Bare.” A self-titled album was released in 1997, followed shortly by the 1998 remix compilation Clubland's Greatest Hits. In 2000, “Last Chance for Love” was honored as the Best Dance Song of the year by the Glama Awards, and she remained active throughout the next several years, with 12″ releases on Junior Vasquez Music, Twisted, Curvve, and King Street Sounds. Cardwell is openly gay; she came out of the closet at the age of 21.

Top Albums

Must Be the Music, Joi Cardwell
1. Must Be the ..
It's Over (Dance Mixes), Georgie Porgie
2. It's Over (D..
More (1992-2003), Joi Cardwell
3. More (1992-2..
The Plane Jane Project, Joi Cardwell
4. The Plane Ja..
Run to You - Single, Joi Cardwell
5. Run to You -..
Soul to Bare - Remixes, Joi Cardwell
6. Soul to Bare..
Jump for Joi - Single, Joi Cardwell
7. Jump for Joi..
Wanderlust (The Soundtrack), Joi Cardwell
8. Wanderlust (..
We Got the Night (Chus & Ceballos meet Koutarou.A) [feat. Joi Cardwell], Chus & Ceballos
9. We Got the N..
Joi Cardwell, Joi Cardwell
10. Joi Cardwell
My First Christmas With You (House for the Holidays) - Single, Joi Cardwell
11. My First Chr..
Soul to Bare - EP, DJ Cosmo
12. Soul to Bare..
Mind Control - EP, Fred Jorio
13. Mind Control..
Believe In Us - EP, Joi Cardwell
14. Believe In U..
Love and Devotion, Joi Cardwell
15. Love and Dev..
Happy (feat. Joi Cardwell), Orienta-Rhythm
16. Happy (feat…
The Superstar - Single, Joi Cardwell
17. The Supersta..
Come Together, Joi Cardwell
18. Come Togethe..
Last Chance for Love - Single, Joi Cardwell
19. Last Chance ..
The World Is Full of Trouble, Joi Cardwell
20. The World Is..

Top Songs

Name Album Time Price

Love Somebody Else Love Somebody Else / Future.. 8:18 $1.29

Passion Must Be the Music 5:48 $0.99

How Deep Is Your Love Must Be the Music 7:27 $0.99

Only You Must Be the Music 9:17 $0.99

Must Be the Music (Temple Movement R.. Must Be the Music 3:46 $0.99

Soul to Bare Club Hitz of the 90's, .. 4:45 $0.99

Return to Love (A Director’s Cut T.. Frankie Knuckles Presents T.. 7:28 $0.99

Soul to Bare D.J. Mix '97 Volume 2 5:45 $0.99

Love Somebody Else (Maceo Plex Bonus.. Love Somebody Else / Future.. 6:32 $1.29

Return to Love (A Directors Cut Trea.. Soulful House Journey (Mixe.. 7:26 $0.99

Return To Love (A Directors Cut Trea.. Long Hot Summer: Mixed &amp.. 7:26 $0.99

Return to Love (Jonathan Meyer 80&#3.. Return to Love (Remixes) 5:35 $0.99

Return to Love (Jonathan Meyer 80&#3.. Return to Love (Remixes) 5:35 $0.99

Return to Love (Jonathan Meyer &.. Return to Love (Remixes) 6:54 $0.99

Return to Love (Terry Hunter BANG Tr.. Return to Love (Remixes) 7:41 $0.99

Return to Love (Terry Hunter BANG Tr.. Return to Love (Remixes) 7:41 $0.99

Return to Love (A Directors Cut Trea.. Return to Love (Remixes) 7:26 $0.99

Runaway Housessential 1 – EP 8:03 $1.29

What It Feels Like (Quentin Harris M.. Renaissance: The Masters Se.. 5:02 $0.99

Keep Coming Around (Mark Verbos Remi.. Introducing Nurvous Records.. 7:14 $0.99

What It Feels Like (Quentin Harris C.. Soulful House Journey: Sean.. 8:19 $0.99

People Make the World Go Round (Kenn.. Nervous: 51 Hands In the Ai.. 5:58 $0.99

Keep Coming Around (Mischa Daniel&#3.. Nervous: 51 Hands In the Ai.. 7:15 $0.99

People Make the World Go Round Star 69 Presents: Boris – B.. 7:24 $0.99

Soul to Bare (Peter Baily Remix) Clubbers Delight (A Continu.. 6:38 $0.99

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