Joseph Leo Bwarie

Joseph Leo Bwarie is known globally for his redefinition of the American songbook and has been heralded by critics for his soaring vocals. A studio session singer since age eight, JLB was a vocal staple for film scores, TV, and record albums including The Manhattan Transfer, Michael Feinstein and legendary music producer David Foster, as well as Paul Williams, Bucky Pizzarelli, and Tito Puente, Jr. 

His debut studio album, Nothin’ But Love, was followed by The Good Stuff and A Little Christmas. His highly anticipated new album will be released in 2024. 

Since 2010, he has collaborated with arranger/producer Charles Calello, known for his epic works with Barbra Streisand, Laura Nyro, The Four Seasons, and for arranging iconic songs such as “Sweet Caroline” and “All By Myself.” 

Bwarie and Calello’s arrangements offer a modern take on songs spanning decades of music with JLB’s signature warm vocals, and a range blending traditional pop, R&B and unexpected selections expanding the American songbook. 

With Carole King’s encouragement, he landed the role of Frankie Valli in the Tony Award® winning musical Jersey Boys. His onscreen appearances include a trio of director Garry Marshall blockbusters: The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement, Valentine’s Day, and Mother’s Day (that featured his version of “M-O-T-H-E-R”).

While his studio sessions create indelible tracks, his live concerts give the feeling of being in a living room setting no matter the size of the venue.