Jo Ellen Lyons started singing publicly after she turned 50, launching out without the first clue about music at all. She just knew there was a stage waiting for her. A friend asked "Who do you want to sing for?" and she soon realized a deep desire to “sing for the troops” and has been pursuing that goal ever since.
A versatile vocalist, Jo Ellen sings sultry love songs, standards and soulful blues. She jokes that her early influences were Roger Miller and "Fiddler on the Roof", but her years in New Orleans definitely infuse her interpretations of classics with the heat of the Big Easy. With her family's roots being in Texas and her father's love of Marty Robbins, she also brings a strong and wistful twang to the country songs. Her charismatic presence keeps the crowd engaged, while her powerful voice has the wry whimsy of Ella Fitzgerald and modern resonance of Adele. Her sassy originals are winning her a faithful following.
Jo Ellen brings the soul and sassiness of her New Orleans upbringing to the stage. She can take you from an elegant love song to a heartfelt honky tonk tune to a sultry blues or jazz number. Joined by Dan Burnevik on acoustic guitar, and Tyee Miles on lead guitar, the Box of Chocolates interpret classics along with Jo Ellen's sassy originals. They are available for private functions and can be seen around the greater Austin, Texas area. Singing for active duty troops is Jo Ellen's dream. She sings for veterans as a way to encourage them and is a long time supporter of Veteran Outdoors.
You can listen to them on Facebook at Jo Ellen and the Box of Chocolates!