Acclaimed songwriter and international performing artist, Joe Niemand’s soaring vocals are the golden thread throughout his expertly crafted work. His ten albums range from intimate and acoustic to orchestral and cinematic in sonic scale. Hailed as one of South Africa’s most promising talents, this award-winning tunesmith’s music has been heard all over the world.
After starting out in theatre and winning Crescendo in 2002 with Jay, Joe recorded his first album “Vir Hom, Aan Haar”. In 2004 the album “Reborn” was released as his first solo album. Reborn brought critical acclaim and nationwide radio success with singles from the album spending almost a year on the 5Fm Top 40.
Joe became a household name in 2007 with the song, A New Day, written and performed for the film “Faith like Potatoes”. To date more than 1 000 000 DVDs have been sold in the US and the film has been translated into 36 languages.
In 2009 Joe recorded “Glory to the King” in order to give it away at that year’s Mighty Men Conference at Shalom. To date about 340 000 copies of the album have been distributed as well as 200 000 digital copies downloaded in 98 countries worldwide.
The album “Love” was written in Israel and released in 2010 and reached Gold status. It was launched at MMC 2010 in front of a crowd of more than a hundred thousand men.
In 2011 Joe defied all industry standards by releasing two complete albums within two weeks of each other. First was his debut Afrikaans CD called “Ek Sal Nie Bang Wees nie.” The title track soared on mainstream charts and the album achieved platinum sales. Two weeks later “Revival: The Anthems of Joy” was released featuring the Tshwane Gospel Choir. In the same year Joe wrote and co-produced the hit “Ester Die Musical” presented at the State Theatre and also played the lead role as King Xerxes.
In 2012 Joe filled the Coca-Cola Dome with “Night of Light”, widely regarded as the biggest solo production ever, by a South African performer. The event was not only captured on CD and DVD, but a movie called Agter Die Ligte was made taking the viewer through every phase of the massive production’s development. Agter Die Ligte was released in theatres nationwide that September.
2013 was going to be a sabbatical year for Joe but in March of that year “Genoeg Is Genoeg” was launched, the album earned him another “Songwriter of The Year” award. The album also won the 2014 Ghoema Award for the Best Spiritual Album
The following year Joe reunited with his former rock group Niemand to release the SAMA nominated ‘Back Again’ (2014), a nostalgic, organic rock experience. 2014 also saw the construction of the Nomansland Studio facility in Johannesburg.
Joe’s list of achievements grow longer every year and in 2014 he also received the Wawela Award for Best Composition In A Television Production.
Joe serves on the Board of SAMRO and is deeply involved in many aspects of the South African creative industries.