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Pulsating beats and spectral electronic flourishes frame the compelling voice of alternative R&B artist SUGAR JOANS. Connecting soul to substance, her signature sound radiates with style, swagger and authenticity.
“Music has been in my veins since I could open my mouth,” says SUGAR. This is a family tradition. Her brother, Giuliano, is an accomplished musician currently working with the band Passion Pit, and her father, vocalist Joe Pizzulo, was one of the most successful session singers in Hollywood and the voice on the iconic hit “Never Gonna Let You Go” by Sergio Mendes, SUGAR JOANS’ godfather. “I’m out here working for this dream that might seem so unrealistic to 98 percent of the world,” she says. “But growing up here around musicians who have succeeded, there’s not another thought.”
Vocalizing on commercials, SUGAR earned her SAG card at age 11. After graduating from the arts-intensive Oakwood School she enrolled as a vocal major at Boston’s Berklee College of Music where she graduated with academic honors.
Writing poetry, journaling, creating lyrics; Sugar has always created with words. She co-writes songs with close friends and collaborators, a creative circle that includes Joelle James, who has worked with Chris Brown and written for Tamar Braxton, and Chris Hartz, who drums for Passion Pit and Childish Gambino. Hartz is the producer of SUGAR’S debut single, “NVR.”
When she competed on Season 7 of the hit NBC series The Voice, an immense national audience received their weekly dose of SUGAR JOANS. “The experience was phenomenal,” she says. “People have no idea how hard it is, physically and emotionally.” Coach Pharrell Williams’ generous on-screen praise of her talents was shared with millions of viewers. “He is one of the most incredible people; grateful, intelligent, and I feel so very lucky to be able to call him a mentor,” she says.
Those who only know the television version of SUGAR JOANS have witnessed only an edited segment of the story. She is much more audacious than a small screen image can project and resoundingly genuine. “When I’m in that room making that music I’m being as true to myself as I can be. I don’t think I should ever try to edit or censor that. I feel like the music I am making now is a true expression of myself and my artistry; something that feels very real.”