Venessa Joseph was born in New Orleans and her musical gifts became apparent at an early age. Venessa began singing at the tender age of 7 yrs old with New Orleans R&B Legend Tommy Ridgely. Her love of music led her to sing with many local bands at 13 at many favored establishments with the aid of her Mother who would allow this without Dad’s permission. These little outings led to her receive her first paid gigs leaving her with the desire to further pursue the stage.
Some of her first paying gigs as a teenager took place singing at St. Augustine High School and singing a duet with the soulful Teddy Pendergrass at New Orleans premier performance theater, The Saenger Theatre. Venessa has also been on stage with New Orleans’s musicians like Anders Osborne, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Kirk Joseph’s Backyard Groove, George Porter Jr., Charmaine Neville, and Dr. John as well as with her own band “Fleur de V”. Williams. She has three Grammy credits, has recorded with various musicians and has performed at Jazz Fest for 15 years.
VeeJay is what she calls herself these days.
Venessa is married to New Orleans own Sousaphone player Kirk Joseph of the Dirty Dozen Brass Band.
Venessa is the current president of New Orleans Women in Music and the owner Of Cajun Moon Catering and Realtor at Dorian Bennett Sotheby’s International Realty and she is on the executive board of The famous New Orleans “Dew Drop Inn’s” Purple Dog Foundation and radio host for WWOZ Radio.
Keep watching for her first CD project…It’s gonna be an awesome thing.
Her vivacious attitude and vocal talent has allowed her to be onstage with local, national and international acts one such group being Cyril Neville and Tribe 13 performing live in Japan helping to disperse the unique New Orleans funky sound. Her affiliations with many of New Orleans music celebrities and life in the music world led her to join NOWIM (New Orleans Women in Music)in 2009. Venessa’s dedication to the organization resulted in her being voted in as Secretary of NOWIM in 2011 and since 2012 she has been and was reelected as the President of the group.
However, being a woman with many varied interests and talents, Venessa also likes to focus her attention on her other passion, Cooking. She is the owner of Cajun Moon Catering, a New Orleans catering company specializing in local favorites earning her the title of “Fried Chicken Mistress of the Crescent City”. Wearing one of her many hats as an entertainer, entrepreneuring chef or community leader keeps Venessa always busy and looking ahead to many exciting projects.
She has scored big by giving/hosting a series of benefit concerts for the revitalization of the venue.
I am Nancy Viejo- current Vice President of New Orleans Women In Music and President of Exit Realty Louisiana.
I got involved in NOWIM about 5 years ago through my very best friend, and now President of NOWIM, Venessa Joseph. I love this organization because of our members and their talents and strive to help promote our organization as well as help guide them on business decisions.
I have been married to my exceptionally talented musician husband, Tony Vegas for going on 32 years. I taught myself enough music and singing skills to be able to accompany him on some small stages about 25 years ago. It was really fun for a while and I love the bright lights, but my interest is being behind the scenes in business and management. I have been in that part of the music business now for about 15 years.
My life has been dedicated to music, art, NOLA culture and celebrating life. I was one of the first DJs for WWOZ community radio. I’ve hooked up hundreds of New Orleans musicians with events and festival gigs, took 200 musicians to Europe as a booking agent and road manager, earned production credits on video programs featuring New Orleans music, and organized numerous art exhibitions. For decades, my photos have been featured in exhibitions, music albums and CDs, press kits, books, magazines and websites. I self-published the Jolly Jazz Calendar, a weekly music calendar that later evolved into a free community email service and I’ve applied my love for grassroots community outreach on behalf of many nonprofits.Volunteering for the New Orleans Musicians Clinic led to a job there after Hurricane Katrina, setting up weekly gigs and finding housing for musicians. More recently, I produced a weekly, free-admission six month film series about New Orleans culture and music.
Margie Perez is a vivacious, Funky Blues Singer/songwriter who has embraced the New Orleans music scene. She performs regularly with her fantastic solo band and has released a CD on Threadhead Records, “Singing For My Supper”. She also lends her voice to many other projects including The Honeypots, The New Orleans Nightingales, Ensemble Fatien and The M&M’s to name just a few. She has performed at The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, French Quarter Fest, and the Indigo and Blues Festival in Bangalore India.
Lilli Lewis is relatively new to New Orleans, but is quickly finding her way. Something of a modern day renaissance woman, Lilli joins the NOWIM board as its secretary when not pounding the pavement with her folk rock and soul band, The Shiz. An award-winning pianist, composer, and solo a-cappella performer, Lilli has produced six solo albums including “Out from Yonder” and “The Promised Land: Songs of the Sacred South,” as well as two albums with The Shiz, who’s latest release “Meet You in the Morning” has been met with critical success. All projects are available on iTunes, Amazon.com or CDBaby.com.
Lilli serves as a voice coach a “musical midwife,” and hosts a weekly songwriter series for the Cutting Edge CE Music Conference at the Little Gem Saloon every Wednesday evening. Above all else, Lilli is passionate about helping talented artists reach their full potential.
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