Lady J Huston is respected as one of the most spectacular entertainers on the music scene! She is renowned for her captivating vocals, trumpet and mesmerizing stage presence.
Lady J toured as Music Director with Blues legend, Albert King performing on shows with greats such as B.B. King, Etta James, Bobby Blue Bland, Robert Cray and more! A native St. Louisan, she settled in Las Vegas, NV for 25 years winning multiple Blues Music Awards and reigned as The Las Vegas Queen of Blues; appearing on America's Got Talent, ABC World News Tonight, festivals, showrooms, TV, newspapers, magazines and other media outlets.
THE LADY J HUSTON SHOW is an electrifying blend of Las Vegas pizzazz with the sass of St. Louis Blues, Classic Soul & Jazz. The band members also showcase their talents providing an array of unquestionable, foot-tapping fun that audiences love.
Lady J's hot new single "Groove Me Baby" has a July 22, 2022 release date out on the Earwig Music label, which is distributing it on digital download, streaming and retail music sites worldwide. Her debut single on Earwig will be followed September 23 by her song "Corona You Make Me Sick!", which pays homage to our current times with a twist to uplift spirits despite the challenges, and then the Groove Me Baby album in February 2023.
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, Millie Jackson, Bo Didley, KoKo Taylor,, 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 & 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 winning 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 highlights include:
- Biographee in multiple Marquis Who's Who of America publications
- Biographee in the Distinguished Women and Men of Southern Nevada
- Featured story on ABC World News Tonight with Diane Sawyer
- Season 3 of America's Got Talent and performed in the Finale episode with the Audition All Stars
- Feature stories in multiple magazines, newspapers and other media.
In 2018, The Lady J Huston Show debuted in St. Louis, MO at the National Blues Museum. Lady J has performed this show regularly throughout the mid-west, including at Buddy Guy's Legends in Chicago. She is featured on the St. Louis Blues Society's "18 in 18" CD Compilation with her 18-piece Big-Band Jazz & Blues composition "Hide-Away", that also placed as a semi-finalist in the 2021 International Songwriting Competition. Lady J won the National Blues Museum's songwriting competition on the pandemic and she is the only local performer featured in their current "Pandemic Blues" exhibit.
In June 2022, Lady J Huston debuted her Albert King Alumni Tribute Show at the Missouri History Museum. In September 2022, this prestigious group of musicians will be performing at the Music at the Intersection Festival in St. Louis with headliners that include Erykah Badu, Gary Clark, Jr., Buddy Guy and Booker T. Jones.
Lady J is also producing a documentary film featuring the Albert King Alumni group's performances and behind the scenes stories on touring with the very demanding but highly influential guitarist who is inducted into the Rock 'n Roll and Blues Hall of Fame, and other dignitarian organizations.
Lady J returned to her roots of St. Louis, MO in 2013 performing her musical ministry in churches. She performed the “National Anthem” opening for Wynonna Judd & Jeremiah Johnson as well as for the NSDAR in Florissant, MO for 9/11 tributes. She 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 anointments 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.
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.