Jo Lynn Burks

Pop, Broadway Arranger, Piano Roger Daltrey, Gladys Knight, Temptations

Born: Decatur, AL

Source: Alabama Music Hall of Fame



Ms. Burks received a Bachelor of Performing Arts Degree from the University of Alabama in Piano, Voice, Dance, & Drama; and then went on to achieve a Master of Musical Theatre Degree from the University of Miami, FL (where she also won the title of Miss University of Miami).

Jo Lynn Burks now wears many hats as a musical director, orchestrator, singer, and pianist. As a keyboard player and singer, Jo Lynn Burks has toured with Gladys Knight, Lead Singers of the TEMPTATIONS, as well as a solo tour with Roger Daltrey of The Who.On Broadway, she originated a principal role in Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story (as an actress/pianist/dancer). Other Broadway credits include Smokey Joe’s Café, The Full Monty, All Shook Up, The Wedding Singer, The Color Purple, and she currently plays in the orchestra and vocal-coaches singers in the ongoing production of Hairspray. Jo Lynn’s national tours include Fame, Mamma Mia, Smokey Joe’s Café, Jesus Christ Superstar, Hair, and as a singer/dancer for Fred Waring & The Pennsylvanians. As a singer/pianist, Jo Lynn played a prestigious engagement in New York City at The Carlyle., the well as other notable NYC nighteries such as The Plaza, The Ritz-Carlton Central Park South, and Pat O’Brien’s in New Orleans. Ms. Burks vocal coaches many current Broadway performers, and she frequently teaches Master Classes in Auditioning for Broadway Musicals and Singing Techniques of Pop, Rock, R&B, and Country Music Styles.

Source: Frost School of Music Faculty Page

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