Joyce Leigh Bowden

Joyce Leigh Bowden
Biography

Joyce came to New York City to work as actress and to sing with the Shamanic composer Gabrielle Roth in 1980 and ended up recording with Arthur Russell on material from his Flying Hearts period. Arthur began having Joyce improvise vocals on many songs, including:  ‘Tell You Today’, ‘It’s a Boy’, ‘The Letter’, ‘Over the Line’, My Tiger’ , ‘Keeping Up’, ‘Sunshine Lover’, ‘Losing My Taste for the Nightlife’, Mr. Problems’, ‘It’s a Turn On’, and ‘Don’t Forget About Me’. On tour with Jerry Harrison and the Casual Gods  she met Joey Ramone snd they ended up becoming a really good friends so when they returned to New York, they had fun singing together in Joey’s side group he called The Resistance. Later Joyce added vocals to David Byrne‘s “Uh Oh” album , and the Tom Tom Club‘s “Dark Sneak Love action,”. In 1995, she helped found and went on to perform with Raleigh NC’s Milagro Saints. Her current band is Bear 54 which was the band Arthur’s Landing started out to be.  She added melodic intent and vocals to Peter Zummo’s recent ‘Dress Code’ album.

 

She is pulling together material for a 2018 release on Moon Caravan Records. Her last solo release ‘Jolei’ was produced by Rick Lassiter from the Goodnight Graces