Joey, known for the richness and power of his voice and the depth of his acting, was born on July 13, 1961 in Miami Beach, Florida...with sand in his toes and music in his heart. He was raised in Brooklyn, N.Y. listening to Italian-American crooners & opera, as well as the Beatles and 70's Soul music.
Joey was introduced to Jazz music when he was a teenager, and immediately fell in love with the magic and beauty of the American Standards. The dream of becoming a singer was born.
While attending High School, he enjoyed listening to southern rock and blues albums. He would spend countless hours singing along with his favorite artists and their songs, developing his voice and abilities.
Joey moved to Hollywood, CA. and was chosen to appear on the TV talent show "Star Search," the precursor to "American Idol." Although he had never sung in public before, he went on to be a semi-finalist and a 5-x winner. Joey then collaborated with bands up and down the Sunset Strip and numerous songwriters also asked him to sing on their demo recordings, which educated him on the technique.
Committed to growing as an artist, he studied voice with the best teachers in the business so that his voice could to grow in power, strength and range, which helped him to grow and develop his range and vocal power. Soon he was booking many national T.V. and Radio Jingles across America. Along with signing on T.V., after years of studying acting, his acting career took off with a role on Hooperman, 4 years on Knots Landing as Detective Tom Ryan, and his role as Kenny Bannerman on Beverly Hills, 90210 as well as various roles through the years on various shows and movies.
He also began to develop his skills as a songwriter, with both lyrics and melody. His first successfully penned song was entitled, "What If I Loved You?" It was used in the MGM Motion Picture, "Return To Me," and was chosen by music publisher Hal-Leonard to appear in their book, "Music From The Movies".
Joey recorded 4 songs for the Film, two of them original compositions. His heart-wrenching version of the title track that is played at a pivotal scene in the movie is on it's soundtrack CD along with Dean Martin's original version.
Motown legend and beauty Diana Ross caught Joey singing on "Star Search" (along with 25 million others) and she immediately sought him out to be her leading man in 2 of her music videos. One song was produced by the Bee Gee's Barry Gibb, and the other by the King of Pop, Michael Jackson.
Joey has had his own show in Vegas, and for fun has opened up and shared the stage with some of his all-time favorite performers including R&B legend Ruth Brown, Don Rickles, Bob Newhart, jazz legend Jimmy Scott as well as his idol, Mr. Ray Charles.
At the special request of N.Y. Yankee's special adviser, Mr. Ray Negron, Joey was asked to sing the National Anthem at a sold out playoff game at Yankee Stadium.
Joey lives in Los Angeles, CA, continues to act, perform at concerts, and 2012 marks the release of his latest cd incorporating the flow from torched love song, to finding the girl of your dreams, to an amazingly uplifting version of "What A Wonderful World."