"Otis Redding meets Cyndi Lauper in the country" - Anthony J. Resta (Producer - Elton John, Blondie, Duran Duran) describing the song Perfect Chance
“I See Flowers, You See Cars heralds the arrival of someone with the potential to blaze a trail far beyond home territory” - Performing Songwriter Magazine, USA
"The songs are strong and her voice sounds wonderfully fresh"- Jeff Jenkins, Australian Music Mag
Jo Kelly Stephenson is an award-winning Australian singer-songwriter based in Nashville, Tennessee. Awards include Alternative Country Album of the Year (Vox Populi) at the 7th Annual IMAs (Independent Music Awards), the Rudy Brandsma Award for Songwriting Excellence - a major prize in the ASA 28th Australian Songwriting Contest, and 2nd place, Blues/R&B category of the Billboard World Song Contest, for which she appeared on a Billboard compilation album. Jo received two nominations for Bluegrass Song of the Year in the 17th annual IMAs. Her song Perfect Chance was nominated for Alternative Country Song of the Year in the 8th annual IMAs. Other awards include 1st place, AUSMUSIC category + PPCA (Phonographic Performance Company of Australia) Best Performance of the Night at the 22nd ASA Australian Songwriting Contest, presented by Rob Hirst, Midnight Oil & Lindy Morrison, Go Betweens.
Her music appears on prime network TV shows including A&E series The Glades, TNT’s Rizzoli & Isles, ABC’s Mistresses, (ABC Family) Freeform’s Switched at Birth, and CBS' Unforgettable. These shows are available through streaming services such as Netflix, Hulu, and Prime Video. Her music also appears on Warner Brothers cinema release, Girl on a Bicycle, directed by Jeremy Leven (The Notebook), and an indie film about African American slavery entitled Alone, which aired extensively in cinemas worldwide. Her song ‘Kitchen Talk’ became the theme for online Brooklyn-based TV series, Cooking for Bachelors, and her songs play in shopping malls and stores across America including Ralph's, Kroger, Winn-Dixie, Walmart, and Walgreens. Her music can be heard on airlines, at skating rinks, and at other random venues worldwide. Her face and music bio appeared on Vietti Chili cans in grocery stores throughout the southern United States, after writing multiple chili jingles.
Jo has performed at top music venues and festivals throughout Australia including Melbourne’s historic international Palais Theatre, the Metro Theatre in Sydney, and Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts in Brisbane. She showcased at Michael Chugg's Australian Music Week - St Kilda Festival several years running, and performed alongside The Angel's Doc Neeson and the Brewster Brothers at the ASA televised National Songwriting Awards in Sydney. She hosted somewhat of a weekly variety show at an Elwood cafe where Daddy Cool/Mondo Rock's Ross Wilson would join her. She made appearances on the Music City Roots show in Nashville with Barker's Beauty Aly Sutton and Grammy Award-winning Jim Lauderdale, as well as at the Nashville Film Festival, Hall of Fame Park. Her album I See Flowers, You See Cars features Mike Rudd, Bill Putt, and Peter "Robbo" Robertson from the legendary Aussie blues rock band Spectrum, with production and multi-instrumentation by her father, Ken Stephenson, and appearances by Ross Ryan, James & Andrew Ferguson, Paul Stephenson, and more.