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entertaining and inspiring. Lady J Huston is a multi-talented
entertainer; accomplished as a singer, songwriter, musician
and recording artist, she has performed on many stages across the
country, appearing on television & radio internationally, in
news print & other media.
from St. Louis, MO, as a child she performed in many venues
as a modern dancer with her mother, Loyce Huston. As a
teenager, she got her first taste of fame as the vocalist with Rock 'n Roll Hall of Famer, Johnnie
Johnson (a/k/a Father of Rock 'n Roll piano) who was Chuck
Berry's original pianist and which the song "Johnny B. Good"
was written in honor of.
Lady J's next big break came at the age of 18 when she toured
with the legendary Blues Hall of Famer, Albert "Blues
Boy" King band for several years [more].
On May 18, 2013 HBO aired the Rock 'n Roll Hall of Fame ceremony where Albert King was inducted.
Lady J was hired as a Trumpeter and eventually moved up
the ranks as horn section leader, then Music Director as well
as Opening Act. Being the only female in an all male
band was most interesting. She was performing amongst
stars such as Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, B.B. King, Etta
James, Millie Jackson, Bo Didley and many other blues legends.
Lady J performed with Albert King on the only known, fully
televised, performance featuring his band on the Maintenance Shop Blues PBS special.
(1981) The Albert King Blues Band with Lady J Huston on Trumpet
Maintenance Shop Blues PBS Special
"Born Under A Bad Sign" with over 2 million views!
Lady J now resides in St. Louis, MO and is continuing her musical pursuits with an emphasis on recording and composing original songs. She debuted "The Lady J Huston Show" in 2018 at the National Blues Museum where she is a regular headliner there and other venues. During her 25+ years in Las Vegas, NV, she performed as a headliner, in festivals, clubs, with her band (Lady "J" Huston & The Fireballs). She and her band were honored with receiving multiple music awards with her being heralded as the Las Vegas Queen of the Blues.
Las Vegas Band Members (L to R):
Glenn Hamann (Guitar)
Willie Fisher (Drums)
Darrell Craig Harris (Bass)
Russell Burt (Saxophones) Lady J Huston (Vocalist/Trumpeter)
Mike Hepner (Keys)
Steve Scheck (Tombone)
Not pictured: Derek "Baby D" Galbreith (Bass)
Z. Lipsky, Manager
2018 "Women in Arts" awarded by the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR), O'Fallon, MO Chapter.
2013 Inducted into the Las Vegas Entertainment Consumers Exchange (ECE) "Hall of Fame".
2012 voted "Best Blues Performer" awarded by the Las Vegas Black Music Association (LVBMA).
2011 Honors Award for "Best Blues Performer" by the ECE.
2010 voted "Best
Blues Band" awarded by the BMAs.
2009 voted "Best Blues Performer" awarded by the BMAs.
her college pursuits, she attended the University of Kansas
and Howard University with music and academic scholarships;
eventually graduating from the University of Redlands,
CA earning a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration.
VOLUNTEERISM & ADVOCACY:
St. Louis, MO: Since arrival of the COVID-19 virus resulting in a world-wide pandemic,
Lady J was spurred into activism to ensure the African American community is receiving proper support and education. She created a blog on A Red Circle's non-profit website as well as a group on Facebook, Black Corona Lives Matter.
March 2021, PSA: Lady J Huston is SICK of COVID, Receives Vaccine at Mercy:
Lady J Huston is used to being in the spotlight as a musician. Now she's using her voice in a different way: to educate others, particularly Black Americans, on the facts and her own experience receiving the COVID-19 vaccine.
March 2021, she was featured in a story on KMOV (CBS) TV, Channel 4, following her being administered the Pfizer vaccine. She is available to speak in addressing the issues affecting this community to get on-board in helping to save lives by getting shots in the arms.
Las Vegas, NV: Cox TV show & hostess,
the Go ... with Amie Jo", filmed the band at the Texas
Station in support of Lady J's advocacy for Lupus, Fibromyalgia
and individuals with disabilities. Lupus predominately affects
women of color, especially African Americans. It can be debilitating
or worse. More research and awareness is needed to find a cure,
genetic links, earlier diagnoses & better treament options.
The show aired on COX Cable - Channel 128 (CBS Digital).
Lady J serves as Vice President and Incorporator of her family's newly formed (2021) Black O'Kelleys Family Association, Inc. She is a genealogist and has functioned as the lead family historian since the 1990s. She and her mother's, Loyce Huston, collections have been acquired for public use in the Washington University Libraries (Special Collections Department) and the Missouri History Museum.
J continues to provide support with speaking
engagements and performances for these initiatives and other organizations she volunteers with.
For more information, contact: TheLady(at)msjoyce.com.