A bit about our history Joey the Lips!

Joey the Lips gigs are a hi-energy show featuring high quality vocals, a driving rhythm section and killer horns. It's now a huge 25 years on the road during which the band has played throughout the UK and Europe across a huge variety of venues. From TV chat shows to headlining to a 10,000 audience at music festivals. From supporting Will Young, Bob Geldof & The Boomtown Rats, Toyah, Heaven 17, The Real Thing & Edwin Starr to performing at the British Formula 1 Grand Prix Silverstone and celebrity weddings, notably Eamonn Holmes & Ruth Langsford.

After forming in 1993 the band was soon booked for a spot on tour with American soul legend Edwin Starr followed by release of their debut album Soul Fiction in 1997. In 2000 the band performed a Live medley on national BBC1 with Atomic Kitten & Martine McCutcheon for Children in Need. In 2001 they were resident band on ITV's 'Langsford Late' TV show - a series of eight chat shows with Ruth Langsford. In between the band performed and recorded a promotional video for the BBC on the set of Noel Edmonds House Party at BBC Television Centre, London, and then finished work on a number of projects including a recording of Midnight Hour with another American soulster, Geno Washington.

Other guests who've joined the band on stage include Tony Hadley of Spandau Ballet and M People/Eurythmics/Lisa Stansfield saxophonist Snake Davis. International appearances include gigs in various European countries including a 3 day appearance at the Guinness Jazz/Music Festival in Cork, Ireland in 1999 and 2002. The band's 2005 CD - 'Firing On All Cylinders' featured 16 live tracks and this release brought them the accolade of 'Artist of The Month' at Virgin Megastore. In November 2005 BBC1 commissioned the band to appear live on TV for Children in Need. More recently the band have been booked to support Girls Aloud and in 2010 performed as support act for Will Young and were booked by Eamonn Holmes & Ruth Langsford for their summer wedding. In 2012 the band recorded Supercharged, a studio album at the legendary Sawmills Studios produced by Jeff Beck/Joss Stone drummer Jonathan Joseph.

Joey the Lips!

Jonny Finnis fronts the band and shares vocals with Phoebe Ions and Flick Dukes-Allen. Jonny joined the band in 2018 after touring the USA & Europe with a signed originals band, culminating in supporting Bon Jovi at the San Siro stadium Milan playing to a crowd of 85,000. Phoebe joined the band in 2015 after working as a session artist, including backing vocalist for Joss Stone. Flick joined the band in 2016 after working professionally fronting her own functions band.

The rhythm section is driven by the talented Alex Smith, pro drummer and drum teacher. Alex was taught by Ralph Salmins at London College of Music (Drumtech) and has since worked as a session man with many UK bands, for BBC Radio, and appeared at Glastonbury and many West End shows, also featuring on Radio 1's Jo Whiley/Pete Tong show. Guitar pro Steve Hood sets the audiences alight with his fiery lead breaks and is complemented by cool bassman Jake Galvin and keyboard wizard Steve Northcott. Essentially the band is a very visual live act and features a kicking horn section that won't stay still for a second! - John George on Tenor Sax, Chris Spreadbury on trombone and trumpet legend Robbie Rogers.

Kat and Naomi from Joey the Lips Joey the Lips

Originally formed as a soul outfit the band has since diversified and whilst Soul is still the staple diet we now describe the show as 'Funky Soul, Blues & Disco Revue! Today's set is very diverse; from 'Gimme Some Lovin' (Spencer Davis Group) to Beyonce's 'Crazy in Love'. From 'Ain't No Mountain High Enough' to Queen's 'Don't Stop Me Now' and the band's storming finale of the B52's Love Shack - with a heavy metal medley thrown in!

Kat, Naomi & Jimmy onstage!
Meet the Joey the Lips members Meet the Joey the Lips members

Find out the inside story on all the band members - nicknames, influences, inside leg measurements, you name it...

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  • 2017
  • Supported Toyah on selected tour dates
  • 2016
  • Supported The Boomtown Rats, Toyah, The Real Thing, Heaven 17
  • 2015
  • Released new studio album, produced by Joss Stone's Musical Director Jonathan Josephs
  • 2014
  • Performed at British Formula 1 Grand Prix, Silverstone
  • 3 gigs at Guinness Jazz Festival, Cork, Ireland
  • 2013
  • Support act for Will Young
  • Celebrity weddings for OK & Hello magazines (Eammon Holmes & Ruth Langsford etc)
  • Performing at various UK music festivals
  • 2012
  • Performed at various UK music festivals
  • Recorded Live DVD
  • 2011
  • Headline at Filham Music Festival
  • Performed at Lanhydrock/Maumbury/Exmouth Music Festivals
  • 2010
  • Signed to support Girls Aloud on final leg of UK tour
  • Headline at Shugborough Music Festival
  • 2009
  • Signed to All-Electric Productions www.allelectricproductions.co.uk
  • 2008
  • Release 'Firing On All Cylinders' Live cd at Virgin Megastore, Plymouth
  • Awarded 'Artist of the Month' for September at Virgin Megastore
  • Awarded 'Band Of The Year' by Torbay's 'Herald Express' newspaper
  • Live televised outside broadcast for BBC1 and Children in Need
  • 2007
  • Recorded promotional DVD
  • Performed to 20,000 at Plymouth Argyle's stadium
  • 2006
  • Joined on stage by Tony Hadley of Spandau Ballet
  • Joined on stage by M People/Eurythmics/Lisa Stansfield saxophonist Snake Davis
  • Horn section appear on national BBC1's 'Down To Earth' programme
  • 2005
  • 3 day appearance at Guinness Jazz/Music Festival in Cork, Ireland
  • 2004
  • Resident Band on Carlton TV's 'Langsford Late' chat show. An 8 week run of chat shows hosted by Ruth Langsford
  • Recorded 'Midnight Hour' with American soulster Geno Washington
  • 2003
  • Live performance on national BBC1 performing medley with Atomic Kitten & Martine McCutcheon for Children In Need
  • 2002
  • Featured on American soul star Edwin Starr's UK tour
  • Released 'Joey The Lips Live' CD
  • 3 day appearance at Guinness Jazz/Music Festival in Cork, Ireland
  • 2001
  • Recorded BBC promotional video on the set of Noel Edmonds House Party at BBC Television Centre, London
  • 2000
  • Released 'Soul Fiction' debut CD

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