Jo Whittaker : Vocals

jo_band“Singing has been in my blood for as long as I can remember; my earliest recollection is of being two years old and I haven’t really stopped since, getting most of my training from various choirs, such as primary school, church, Oldham Girls’ Choir etc. – every opportunity, really.

My musical tastes changed direction quite abruptly one day when I heard Ann Wilson from Heart. What a voice, and what fantastic melodic music! Rock music! That was what I had been looking for. It made me realise that singing solo was becoming less appealing. I wanted to be a singer in a rock band and, after meeting like-minded musicians, that is exactly what I became. This is how I met Dave, who a few years later became my husband; and Carl, who has been a good friend ever since.

In the late 80’s my musical tastes widened. I discovered Styx, who to this day are one of my all-time favourite bands. I just love the theatricality of the music and the creative use of melody with both the voices and instruments.

It’s completely thrilling and exciting to be involved in writing new material. I count myself very lucky to be a part of something so special.”