Dr. Joan Cartwright is a true “Modern Missionary in the World of Music”. She is aiming for a great deal and devoting hours of her life to achieving her goals while aspiring to success and significance for other women. She wants to do something truly original for all the women composers, songwriters, and creators of music in her network while reaching out to new audiences whether these be children, the elderly or those that society often forgets. She is above all set on underlining that human values are what drive her to achieve empowerment and gender mainstreaming for Women in Music. She and her organization have worked with our Foundation and are also a part of our International Honour Committee, recognized by UNESCO’s International Musics Council. ~ Patricia Adkins-Chiti, Fondazione Adkins-Chiti: Donne in Musica, Rome, Italy
A Doctoral candidate at Northcentral University in Arizona, Joan Cartwright is pursuing her PhD in Business Administration/Marketing.Visit Joan’s website – www.joancartwright.com
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In the spirit of celebrating those who embody the phrase “The Body I Was Born To Be In” I am spotlighting one person a day, until the single is officially released, who represent, to me, someone living as their most honest and true self. And killing it in the meantime!!
Today I choose Diva Joan Cartwright. If you want to put it simply, Joan is a brilliant jazz singer who has performed with many of the greats. But there’s nothing simple about her, as she is so much more thanthat. Joan is a fervent advocate for women in music. She has spearheaded such organizations as Women in Jazz South Florida, Inc., has a podcast featuring women in music, and puts out a monthly newsletter promoting the gigs/releases/events of the members of WIJSF. I first met Joan when I worked at Laffing Matterz in Fort Lauderdale. She sang at the piano and I was in awe. She then complimented me on my singing and encouraged me to keep it up. Not long after, she showed up at one of my gigs at Blue Jean Blues. I was so humbled and grateful that she chose to come see me perform. Whether she even knew it or not, those interactions gave me the boost in confidence I needed to take the plunge and start Long Lost Friend, with drummer, Walt Brewer. Several years later Joan graciously had me as a guest on her podcast to talk about The Journey: A New Indie Musical, the musical created from the music of Long Lost Friend and my other compositions, when we were mounting our first concert production with Outre Theatre Company in Boca Raton, and in those 30 minutes she promoted the show, encouraged me and my efforts in music and theatre and educated me on some other facets of the business that I’d been lacking in. Joan Cartwright’s voice is a powerful one. She knows who she is, she owns who she is, she thrives in who she is, and she empowers others through who she is. And, I, for one, am honored to know her.