Joanie Keller got an early start in the music business. Her father formed a band when she was a small child which also featured several other relatives and played across several states near her home of Wayne, NE. Recognizing her burgeoning talent, Keller's father began allowing her to sing an occasional song with the band, paying her a dollar for each one she performed and throwing in a coke at the night's end as a bonus. By the time she was a teenager, she had grown into a full-time member of the band and had cut a single which achieved some regional success. Marriage followed soon after high school and she relocated to Colorado, playing in local clubs to stay in touch with music. Eventually, however, her desire to work full-time in music grew beyond what the local clubs could provide and she moved to Nashville in search of a career as a country singer. Soon afterwards, she was signed by Broked Bow Records, which issued her debut album, Sparks Are Gonna Fly, in 2000. ~ Stacia Proefrock, Rovi