Additional Reporting by
Susan Waldrop – Cougar News Staff Writer
Joey Canyon has been singing since he was 8 years old, he first started to perform on stage at talent night at the world famous “Palomino Club” in North Hollywood, Ca. shortly thereafter he was asked to sing backup at a recording studio on an album where legendary Cliffie Stone was producing, he was hooked.
Joey has spent over 30 years in the entertainment industry as a singer/songwriter, recording artist, performer, co-producer, co-director, voice over talent, and actor. His early performances included his band “Both Barrels”, as well as duets, and solo acts, and found him in some of the most noted recording studios and with some of the finest session musicians in the country from Los Angeles, the Rocky Mountain region, and Nashville, Tenn.
Joey has collaborated with old hometown friend and award winning bass player Curtis Stone from “Highway 101”. Curtis has produced more than 45 sides with Joey in major studios from Los Angeles, Denver, and Nashville, they are currently preparing for 2 new CD’s for 2011. From 1993-1995, Joey was a featured artist on 3 NFL country music compilation videos that included George Strait, Lorrie Morgan, Alan Jackson, Travis Tritt, Reba MacIntire, Clint Black, Randy Travis, and others.
Governor Richard Lamm awarded Joey a Governors citation for writing Colorado’s anti-pollution song “Save Our Colorado”. He has also performed the National Anthem at Mile Stadium and twice at Coors field, accapella. Joey also sings at his church Word of Life Christian Center.
Joey also worked for Sam Allen Productions where he did everything from assistant director, lighting, sound, assistant cameraman, production coordinator, and location coordinator. He then began his own production services company called Independent Production Services, servicing the film, television, and sports industry as Assistant Director, assistant Cameraman, lighting, sound (Nagra), and Production coordinator, and working for such popular television series as Father Dowling mysteries, Americas Most Wanted, 8 years with NFL films, national commercials, documentaries, Viacom, PBS, among others.
His past experience more than qualified Joey to produce a music video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fiRD0b9WOqI) where he executive produced, co-produced, co-directed, scripted, storyboarded, edited, and starred in “Take My Money”, shot with Arriflex 35mm cameras and an 18-man crew. Joey was grateful that “Take My Money” became the Most Added Country Music Video nationally in the top Country Music nightclubs in America from January to March in 1994. Joey is back in the studio in Nashville in September 2011 recording 5 new songs and a new music video in the spring of 2012.