Jo Belle Yonely was born into a show business family. Her father was the international musician/comedian “The Great Yonely” and her mother was a singer. She grew up around musicians like Louis Armstrong and Al Hirt. In Chicago, she worked all the clubs with every notable Jazz musician on the scene, including Ira Sullivan, Von Freeman, Eddie Johnson, Johnny Frigo, Willie Pickins, Howard Levy, and John Campbell.
Yonely has worked jazz festivals across the country, recorded seven of her own CDs, performed for President Bush Sr. with Lionel Hampton, is a co-founder of Chizil, a Brazilian/Jazz group in Chicago, she’s shared the stage with Red Rodney, Claudio Roditi, George Cables, Manfredo Fest, Steve Gilmore, Rufus Reid, Louis Bellson and many more.
Paralleling her jazz career, Yonely was the first call studio singer and voiceover for more than 20 years in Chicago. She has recorded thousands of TV and radio commercials, and is the solo voice on all the spots including McDonalds, United Air Lines, Sears, Wrigleys, Coors, Budweiser, Special K Cereal, Hallmark, Sunkist, Honda, HBO, Lifetime Channel, to name a few.
She moved to New York for seven years, and currently resides in Las Vegas, where she was invited to be on the faculty at UNLV. She continues to perform festivals, concerts, corporate gigs and nightclubs.