Joanna Hale-McGill has always had a true passion is for her music. During the 2015 Essence Festival when everyone else was trying to decide which seminar they would attend or what performances they wanted to see, Joanna was submitting an audition video singing an acapella rendition of “Amazing Grace” with the hopes of being accepted to compete for The Next Gospel Superstar. On the last day of the 2015 Essence Festival, she humbly took the Walmart Stage and ministered the song, “Amazing Grace.” It wasn’t hard for Detrick Haddon, Tamela Mann and Phil Thorton to see the anointing of God and make their decision. She was amazed when David Mann announced her as the winner. Joanna Hale-McGill has stepped through an “Open Door,” the title of her 1st single, and is using her gift to glorify God.
As part of the winnings for the Next Gospel Superstar Contest, Joanna was flown to Orlando, Florida where she recorded and performed her 1st single, “Open Door” written and produced by Detrick Haddon. During that time, she also recorded a new Top of The Hour Jingle for the Tom Joyner Morning Show. She even got to minister her new single “Open Door” as she opened for Yolanda Adams and Deitrick Haddon at the 2015 Tom Joyner Family Reunion. Joanna continues to minister in song around the City of New Orleans and other surrounding cities. In 2016, Joanna was asked to return to the Wal-Mart stage to minister and song and crown the 2016 winner of the Walmart Next Gospel Superstar. In May of 2017 Joanna was given the opportunity to minister at the Johnnie Jackson Gospel is Alive event sponsored by The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival in New Orleans, LA along with the legendary Clark Sisters. Joanna’s show was a great inspiration to all in attendance. In 2016 Joanna was nominated for NOLA Gospel Award for Best New Artist of The Year. In September 2017, Joanna graced the stage of New Orleans House of Blues Sunday Morning Gospel Brunch where the crowd was in absolute amazement of her musical gift and talent. In 2018, Joanna was awarded the Artist of The Year by the Gulf Coast Gospel Music Awards. She was also casted in the 2018 gospel musical stage play entitled “Crowns” written by Regina Taylor, adopted from the book by Michael Cunningham and Craig Marberry. In April 2019, Joanna made her national television premier on ABC Family Marvel’s TV show “Cloak & Dagger.
In 2016, Joanna alongside her husband founded J. McGill Music Foundation. J. McGill Music Foundation is a non-profit public service organization, whose mission is to give youth the ability to experience music outside of their norm. We want all youth to have an understanding of the role music plays in their everyday lives. We want them to have a clear understanding of, “What Music Really Is To Me”. We are dedicated to promoting positive music to today’s youth. From contemporary Gospel
to Jazz, Classical, Hip Hop & R & B to other cultures nationwide, we want our youth to have the ultimate music experience. From contemporary Gospel to Jazz, Classical, Hip Hop & R&B to other cultures nationwide, we want our youth to have the ultimate music experience.
In Fall 2018, Joanna complete her freshman album entitled, New Sound Same God Vol. 1. Her first single entitled, " I Can Do Anything" reached #21 on the Billboard Gospel Indicator Chart. Her current single entitled, “Be Patient” is sure to bless the nations and hit the top of the charts! She’s an award winning artist and is quickly becoming a sought after artist in the gospel music industry.