Josie Aiello is recognized internationally as an award-winning singer, BMI songwriter, performer, vocal arranger and worship leader with 3 self-titled album releases under her belt, Unkunvenshunal Girl, Where I Am, and Ashes To Beauty.
Josie began singing at the age of nine at her parents’ Sicilian restaurant in Chicago, and soon developed a reputation for her powerful vocals and ability to command an audience.
Josie attended Chicago’s Academy of Performing Arts High School, after which she won a full scholarship to DePaul University School of Music. Soon after relocating to Los Angeles, she quickly became highly sought after for session work by some of the top hit music producers in the industry. One such producer was the late great Phil Ramone, who teamed Josie up with Andrew Lloyd Weber which led to her recording several songs for his Starlight Express soundtrack.
Calls also came in from hit producers Harvey Mason Jr., Thaddis “Kuk” Harrell, Laney Stewart, Ashley Ingram, Marc Shaiman, James Newton Howard, Stephen Bray, Diane Warren and others. Eventually, Josie’s hard work and tenacity paid off when she captured the attention of the legendary Quincy Jones, who personally signed Josie to his Record and Publishing label with Warner Bros., resulting in her Debut Album Unkunvenshunal Girl which was released in 2000 and produced by Grammy winning writer / producer Ashley Ingram.
Since then, Josie’s been called to record for J Lo, Cher, Jessie J, Ciara, Enrique Iglesias, Andra Day, Rita Oro, Kenny Loggins, Brenda Russell, Joe Cocker, R Kelly, Ricky Martin, Brian Culbertson, Placido Domingo, Ramsey Lewis and Patti Austin, just to name a few.
She has won USA Songwriting Competition awards for 2 of her songs, 1 in the Gospel category and 1 in the Pop category.
She’s featured on major soundtracks such as That Thing You Do, The Out Of Towners, South Park, Dinosaur, The Guardian, and Hairspray. Most recently she recorded background vocals in the new Aretha Franklin movie Respect, starring Jennifer Hudson releasing 2021. She’s been featured in Billboard magazine and many others, and was recently featured on the cover of November 2019 Creative Artist Magazine. National TV and Radio commercials love her voice and voice over work as well.
Josie has toured with Don Henley, as a featured artist with Kenny Loggins, and currently tours as lead vocalist with the world renowned, all female, all-star jazz and R&B band “Jazz in Pink”.