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Jo Lynn Burks

Jo Lynn BurksMs. Burks received a Bachelor of Performing Arts Degree from the University of Alabama in Piano, Voice, & Drama and a Master of Musical Theatre Degree from the University of Miami, FL.

Jo Lynn Burks now wears many hats as a musical director, orchestrator, singer, and pianist. As a keyboard player and singer, Jo Lynn Burks has toured with Gladys Knight, Lead Singers of the TEMPTATIONS, Leslie Gore, Roger Daltrey of The Who, and many lesser known but GREAT rock and country bands.

On Broadway, she originated a principal role in Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story. Other Broadway credits include Smokey Joe’s Café, The Full Monty, All Shook Up, The Wedding Singer, The Color Purple, and Hairspray. Jo Lynn’s national tours include Fame, Mamma Mia, Smokey Joe’s Café, Jesus Christ Superstar, Hair, and as a singer/dancer for Fred Waring & The Pennsylvanians.

As a singer/pianist, Jo Lynn played a prestigious engagement in New York City at The Carlyle., as well as other notable nighteries such as the Waldorf-Astoria, The Plaza, The Ritz-Carlton, and Pat O’Brien’s in New Orleans.

She recently won three New York Awards: “Nightlife Award”, Backstage Magazine’s “Bistro Award,” and the Manhattan Association of Cabaret Award for her and Daryl Glenn’s show, “Nashville” (containing songs from the Robert Altman film of the same name).

For the past 2 years, Ms. Burks taught Musical Theatre at the University of Miami.

Ms. Burks coaches many successful New York rock and R&B singers, and she frequently teaches Master Classes in Singing Techniques of Pop, Rock, R&B, and Country Music Styles and Auditioning for Broadway Musicals.

And in her early years, Jo Lynn sang and danced her way through several shows at Opryland, as well as won some pageants and wore crowns. Only now, not ashamed to admit it!