When Joe was young, he
couldn’t resist tapping the keys of the Kawai piano that sat near the
kitchen of his home, so his parents enrolled him in piano lessons at the age
of six. Joe would continue taking lessons for the next twelve years,
training in the basics of classical piano while also learning the art of
improvisation. He also studied a semester of piano lessons at the University
of Minnesota to further develop his technique.
At the age of 14 and in eighth grade, Joe became
a regular pianist and cantor in the music ministry at his home parish, St.
Joseph’s Catholic Church. It was at St. Joe’s that he learned the importance
of sharing his musical gifts with others. In 1998, when Joe was a junior in
high school, he became intrigued at the possibility of composing his own
music and recording it. Pretty much green to the music industry, he spent
time in the library and on the Internet researching the many
processes and costs involved in making and selling his own recording.
Joe took a calculated risk that he could break
even on his first CD, and dipped into his college savings to fund the music
project and open his own part-time business. He released his first original
piano CD, Milestones, two weeks before his high school
graduation in 1999. For graduation, Joe composed and arranged “Test Your
Wings,” one of the songs from his album, which his high school choir
performed at the commencement ceremony. He taught himself how to notate his
own music, developing piano books based on his albums and offering free
sheet music downloads to encourage and inspire others to share their musical
With the successful sales of his first album,
Joe continued composing songs between his college homework and exams, and he
recorded his follow-up CD, In Focus, in 2003 after earning his
marketing degree from the University of Minnesota. His piano playing style
is “piano music that paints a picture (SM)” and his songs invite listeners
to use their imagination and interpret the music.
In 2005, Joe released his third CD,
Midnight Clear, a collection of Christmas favorites. The new CD
marks a more sophisticated sound for his music with the addition of light
instrumental accompaniment and some vocals.
Still active in music ministry, Joe continues to share
his talent at St. Joe’s when he visits his South Dakota hometown. Most
recently, Joe was a weekly cantor and pianist at the University of Notre
Dame where he completed his MBA degree. He keeps his piano playing skills sharp through daily
practice and by performing at concerts, dinner parties, retail gift stores,
weddings and other events. Joe currently resides in Chicago.
About the Logo
glance, the logo
probably looks like five treble clef signs. But, actually, the logo consists of a J,
a C, and an R, which stand for Joe Curry Recordings. The R
may be a bit more difficult to spot (it's on the top). The logo was scanned
directly from a doodle on my high school history notes and then retouched.
And, yes, I was paying attention to the lecture and passed the class with