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Jo Lynn Burks

Jo Lynn Burks

Ms. Burks received a Bachelor of Performing Arts in Music from the University of Alabama (where she also won the title of Miss University of Alabama).  She then received a Master of Musical Theatre Degree from the University of Miami, FL (where she was also honored to hold the title of Miss University of Miami).

Jo Lynn Burks now wears many hats as a Musical Director, Orchestrator, Singer, Pianist, and teacher.

 As a keyboard player/singer, Jo Lynn Burks has toured with Gladys Knight, Lead Singers of the TEMPTATIONS, a solo tour with Roger Daltrey of The Who, and with many Nashville touring artists including Laura Bell Bundy.  Solo pianist/singer engagements included  New York City’s The Carlyle, the Waldorf-Astoria, The Plaza, and fun, Pat O’Brien’s in New Orleans.

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

Along with music-partner Daryl Glenn, Ms. Burks’ recent NYC cabaret entitled Robert Altman’s Nashville won New York’s “Triple Crown” of Cabaret: the Nightlife Award,   Bistro Award, and MAC Award.

In her young years, Jo Lynn sang and danced her way through several shows at Opryland, right here in Nashville.

After 2 years as a music professor at the University of Miami, Ms. Burks now serves as Resident Musical Director and as a Voice professor in Belmont University’s Musical Theatre and Commercial Voice Departments. 

Ms. Burks teaches Master Classes in the techniques of singing Rock/Pop/Country/R&B.  Several of her former Voice-students are currently on Broadway in Aladdin,  Book of Mormon, and Wicked.  One of whom, she is quite proud: Chris Lee, playing the Principal Role of Lafayette/Jefferson in Hamilton.

Contact: jolynn.burks@belmont.edu