Born and raised in the “windy city”, Chicago, Illinois, Josie Aiello was destined to shine her light on the world with her exceptional vocal talents. Just two generations removed from her Mediterranean roots in Italy, at the early age of 9 while working at “Cas & Lou’s”, the authentic Sicilian restaurant owned and named in honor of her grandfather and father respectively, her talents were unveiled as she grabbed the microphone and took over the stage singing for patrons and tips. Her angelic voice was undeniable and soon she was being hired to sing for weddings, events and the like. Josie grew in talent and confidence with each opportunity. Her hard work and tenacity paid off when she received a plane ticket to New York city and a recording contract from Grammy award-winning producer, the legendary Phil Ramone. Under his tutelage, Josie was the featured vocalist on Andrew Lloyd Weber’s “Starlight Express” and later recorded a duet with the internationally acclaimed, Placido Domingo. Ramone shared the song with Barbra Streisand, who immediately fell in love with her performance. Eventually, he replaced Josie with Streisand. Down, but not defeated, Josie went back to Chicago and picked up where she left off.
Chicago was listening and taking notice, and so was the world. Josie was in demand as the “go to” session singer for demos, national commercials, songwriters, and major soundtracks including ‘That Thing You Do” “The Out Of Towners” and “The Guardian”. After trying her hand at the craft, Josie soon discovered she was also a gifted songwriter. Inspired to follow her heart, she packed her bags and bought a ticket to LA, where she would avoid the frustrations of being a recording artist and instead pursue a career in songwriting. Word quickly spread there was a new singer/songwriter in Hollywood. Josie’s writing skills eventually put her in a writing session with QDIII. Their collaborations were so good, he suggested sharing the songs with his father, the great icon, Quincy Jones. Quincy loved her voice and set up a meeting, where Josie sung for him and was signed on the spot! Her new mentor oversaw production of her first pop rock CD, “Unkunvenshunal Girl” and introduced her to Warner Chappell, who immediately offered her a major publishing deal. She’d made it; she was a professional songwriter, and a recording artist to boot! Calls came in from hit producers Harvey Mason Jr., Kuk Harrell, Laney Stewart, Ashley Ingram, Randy Jackson, Brenda Russell, Narada Michael Walden, ; film and TV sessions working with Diane Warren, Marc Shaiman, James Newton Howard, Stephen Bray and contributed her vocals on albums for Jessie J, Cher, J Lo, Enrique Iglesias, Kenny Loggins and others. With enviable success in her grasp, and a bright future in her reach, Josie should have been content, but she was realizing “all that glitters is not gold”; the entertainment industry left her feeling empty and unfulfilled. Praying in desperation to God, Josie began to feel a burning desire to touch hearts and souls with her God-given gifts.
In 2004, in answer to her prayer, Josie penned and entered her song “The Call” in the gospel category of the U.S.A Songwriting Competition where she was a finalist. While she didn’t win, she never felt better! She was more in touch with the gifts that poured freely from her heart and soul, than she had ever been before. God was filling her emptiness with songs and melodies that lifted her spirit! The joy of the Lord made her strong and Josie was determined to inspire, encourage and uplift the world!
In late 2012, Josie felt a higher calling that she could no longer deny. One night during a church service, Josie was touched by the Holy Spirit and committed her life to Jesus Christ! Things would never be the same. Opportunities that yesterday were attributed to luck or fate today are accounted to the direction and path that God had ordained for Josie’s life. Supernatural things were happening! Josie received an unexpected, unsolicited call from an industry friend, who heard through the grapevine that she wanted to sing for the Lord. After one meeting, Josie was immediately signed to a recording contract with Breath of Life Records. Connecting with hit makers Tim Stewart, Monte Neuble, Jamie Jones and Jack Kugell, the dream began to come to life. In 2015, Josie released “Elevate”, the first single from her CD “Ashes To Beauty”.