Lady J Huston is respected as one of the most spectacular entertainers on the music scene! She is renown for her captivating vocals and mesmerizing stage presence! Lady J was inspired to sing and dance by her mother, Loyce (Pickens) Huston, a highly acclaimed songstress amongst St. Louis for Gospel, Jazz & Blues. She helped launch the careers of many musicians and entertainers.
Just in her teens, Lady J got her first taste of fame with a national star as 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 in which the song "Johnny B. Good" was written in honor of.
At 18, she began touring the United States with the legendary Blues & Rock 'n Roll Hall of Famer, Albert "Blues Boy" King band for several years as lead Trumpeter, then horn section leader, and eventually moved up the ranks as Music Director, as well as opening act while being the only female in the band. She performed amongst music legends such as Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, B.B. King, Etta James, Millie Jackson, Bo Didley, KoKo Taylor, Bobby Blue Bland, and many others. Lady J also performed with Albert King on the only known, fully televised, performance featuring his band on the "Maintenance Shop Blues" PBS special.
Lady J Huston had her eyes set on the bright city lights and entertainment mecca of the world, Las Vegas, NV where she resided for 25 years. This was another pivotal career advancement where she formed her dynamic band, Lady J Huston and The Fireballs. The group opened for multiple national acts as well as headlining in showrooms, concert halls, Blues and Jazz festivals, nightclubs, private corporate events and more. In 2009, she received her first Blues award with the Las Vegas Black Music Association (BMA) for Best Blues Performer which began her reign as the Las Vegas Queen of the Blues. She and her band continued a string of awards as Best Blues Band and Best Blues Performer. In 2013 they were inducted into the Entertainment Consumers' Exchange & Fans Entertainment Hall of Fame.
Other Las Vegas highlights include:
- Published in multiple Who's Who of America publications
- Biographee in the Distinguished Men and Women of Southern Nevada
- Featured story on World News Tonight with Diane Sawyer
- Season 3 of America's Got Talent and performed in the Finale episode with the Audition All Stars
- Recorded several independent CDs
- Feature stories in multiple magazines, newspapers and other media
Lady J returned to her roots of St. Louis, MO due to a health crisis in 2013. She resumed her musical ministry in churches, then debuted the “The Lady J Huston Show & Tribute to Albert King” in honor of her mentor at the National Blues Museum (NBM) in 2018.
Lady J was welcomed with open arms and wowed the audiences as a soloist, duo, multiple sized bands, to an 18-piece big band orchestra. Her Blues recording infused with Jazz & R&B “Hide-Away” is featured on the St. Louis Blues Society’s “18 in 18” compilation CD accompanied by a classy music video. Lady J won the NBM 2020 songwriting competition for “Corona You Make Me Sick!. This hot record & anthem was released in 2021 & has become a fan favorite with its uplifting music video.
She recently performed the “National Anthem” opening for Wynonna Judd & Jeremiah Johnson as well as for the NSDAR in Florissant, MO for 9/11 tributes and other patriotic salutes also playing "Taps". Lady J has performed with or on shows with Bobby Rush, Guitar Shorty, The Mannish Boys, George Wallace, Lisa Mann, Bobby Blue Bland, Bill Pinkney's Original Drifters, Donald Byrd, Dizzy Gillespie, Freddie Hubbard, Gary Lewis, Fabian, Run DMC, Cornel Gunther’s Coasters, Lowell Fulson; Alberta Hunter & Lionel Hampton with the Howard Univ. Jazz Ensemble & many others. Her annointments and experiences with music royalty is undeniable which is what makes her an American music treasure.
EDUCATION AND ADVOCACY:
Lady J majored in music theory and composition with scholastic and music scholarships at the University of Kansas and the highly esteemed, Howard University, where she maintained honors on the Dean's List. She eventually graduated from the University of Redlands, CA with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration.
In her advocacy to help support efforts to end the pandemic, she has been featured on KMOV (CBS) Evening News, a PSA produced by Mercy Hospital, an Associated Press news article, & more.
Lady J (aka Joyce Ann) also has a major passion as a family historian and genealogist and recently helped in establishing her family's Black O'Kelleys Family Association, Inc. in Ferguson, MO. She and her mother have established collections at the Missouri Historical Society's History Museum and the Washington University Special Collections Library. More great things are on the horizon in this mission as well.
HIDE-AWAY - Lady J Huston & The Jazz Edge Orchestra00:00