Born a star and raised in Chicago, Illinois – “The Windy City”, 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, 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 at the early age of 9 when 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 late 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 moved 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, commercials, and songwriters. Trying her hand at the craft, Josie discovered her new talent as 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 as a songwriter. 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 so much, he setup an in-person meeting to have Josie sing for him. Once she was done, Quincy signed Josie to his record label on the spot! Her new mentor oversaw production of her first pop CD, “Unkunvenshunal Girl” and introduced her to Warner Chappell Production Music, which immediately offered her a 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., Thaddis “Kuk” Harrell, Laney Stewart, Ashley Ingram; film and TV sessions working with Diane Warren, Marc Shaiman, James Newton Howard, Stephen Bray and many others followed. 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 filing 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 2012, Josie felt a desire to reignite her spiritual journey which began 8 years earlier, and in the process made the decision to accept the invitation to a devoted relationship with Jesus Christ. Things would never be the same. Past opportunities, once attributed to luck or fate, became to Josie, evidence of the grace and favor of God in her life. Within a few months, Josie received an unexpected, unsolicited call from an industry friend, who heard through the grapevine that she was interested making music that reflected this change she was experiencing. Josie was quickly singed to a recording contract and connected 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 debut contemporary Christian CD “Ashes To Beauty”. She was then invited to perform her second single, “Adonai” on TBN’s Juce TV
In 2018 Josie teamed up with award winning Producer/Engineer Hal Sacks and what resulted is a two-song EP, “In The Wilderness”, featuring the funk-rock infused lead single, answered with a new production of the Wayman Tisdale and Tracy Carter instrumental, “Sunday’s Best”, featuring Josie’s new positive Gospel lyric “That’s Why I Praise Thee – Sunday’s Best.”
Transformed by the love of God and empowered with her gifts, Josie is committed to God’s higher calling for her life and is pursuing just that!