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Joycé Silveira Palhano de Jesus, commonly known as Joyce in English-speaking countries (pronounced: Joyce) or Joycé in Portuguese-speaking countries (pronounced: Joy-say), is a Brazilian singer/songwriter, as well as an accomplished guitarist and arranger. She was born in Rio de Janeiro on 31 January 1948.

Joyce premiered in the late 60's, and since then has recorded over 20 solo albums, and appeared in a myriad of records with such artists as Elis Regina, Toninho Horta, Vinicius de Moraes, and Yoko Kanno. In recent years she has collaborated extensively with João Donato. Much of Joyce's work has been compared to the early boom of the jazz fusion scene in the US.

She got her start in music by listening to her brother play the guitar, as well as listening to Ella Fitzgerald, Miles Davis and Billie Holiday for inspiration on emotions conveyed in music. Many people came into Joyce's house, and she easily got swept up in the music scene, having had in her childhood great encouragement in music.

Joyce refers to her music as "MCB" (Creative Music of Brazil), rather than MPB. She has recorded many movie and TV soundtracks, and is creator and host of the music-infused television program "Cantos do Rio".

She has also written a memoir, Fotografei Você na Minha Rolleyflex. In it, she discusses her experiences in the bossa nova and MPB movements, providing a fascinating portrait of fellow musicians, including João Gilberto.

She worked with Yoko Kanno in the Vol. 1 of the soundtrack of the anime Wolf's Rain.

Joyce is married to drummer Tutty Moreno, who plays in her band. Two of her daughters (Clara Moreno and Ana Martins) are also singers.



  • 1968 - Joyce (Philips)
  • 1969 - Encontro Marcado (Philips)
  • 1971 - Posições (Odeon)
  • 1972 - Nelson Ângelo e Joyce (Odeon)
  • 1976 - Passarinho urbano (Fonit-Cetra, Italy; also 1977, Continental, Brazil).
  • 1980 - Feminina (Odeon)
  • 1981 - Água e luz (Odeon)
  • 1983 - Tardes cariocas (1984, Feminina Produções LP; CD PolyGram, Brazil; reissued by Far Out, 1997, UK).
  • 1985 - Saudade do futuro (Pointer)
  • 1986 - Wilson Batista, o samba foi sua glória (Funarte/Continental)
  • 1987 - Tom Jobim - os anos 60 (SBK/EMI-Odeon)
  • 1988 - Negro demais no coração (SBK/EMI-Odeon)
  • 1989 - Joyce ao vivo (EMI-Odeon)
  • 1990 - Music inside (Verve/PolyGram, US, UK)
  • 1991 - Language and Love (aka Línguas e amores) (US, UK, Brazil).
  • 1994 - Revendo amigos (EMI-Odeon)
  • 1994 - Delírios de Orfeu (NEC Avenue, Japan)
  • 1995 - Live at the Mojo Club (Verve/Polygram, Germany).
  • 1996 - Sem você (Omagatoki, Japan) - with Toninho Horta
  • 1996 - Ilha Brasil (EMI-Odeon, Brazil; Omagatoki, Japan; World Pacific-Blue Note, US).
  • 1998 - Astronauta (Cancões de Elis) (Blue Jackel, US; Pau Brasil, Brazil; Omagatoki, Japan).
  • 1999 - Hard Bossa (Far Out, UK).
  • 2000 - Tudo Bonito (Epic/Sony Music)
  • 2001 - Gafieira Moderna (Far Out, UK; Biscoito Fino, Brazil).
  • 2003 - Bossa Duets (Sony)
  • 2004 - Just A Little Bit Crazy (Far Out, UK; Blue Jackel, US; Biscoito Fino, Brazil) - with Banda Maluca.
  • 2005 - DVD - Banda Maluca Ao Vivo (Biscoito Fino)
  • 2005 - Rio Bahia (Far Out) - with Dori Caymmi


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