Jori Costello is a singer-songwriter, multi instrumentalist, performer, playwright, visual artist, and teacher. In her third decade of performing, Jori has been in several bands, choirs, been a solo performer, a dance DJ, radio host, festival emcee, and is now delving into her lifelong love of acting.
Based in the Ozark Mountains of the Fayetteville, AR, she is well known for her part in the nationally touring band, Big Bad Gina, with Renée Janski and Melodie Griffis and for many years, in the art rock duo, Jorian Oxygen which grew out of The Jori Costello Band, both with Angela Edge. Her one woman musical tribute, Songs of My Soul, has been featured at 7 regional festivals and venues. Collaborating with actor/director Jules Taylor, Jori has added soundscape, original music, music direction, and live performance for several Northwest Arkansas theatres. Jori teaches private lessons in multiple instruments, is a session staffer at Girls Rock Camp Madison, a creator of a summer camp music program, a music mentor for private school, and host of the women’s radio show, Go Sistah Go on Fayetteville public radio KPSQ.org.
Among her accomplishments, she’s received winning recognition in the Ozark Music Awards “Folk Artist of the Year” for 2002 and “Best Solo Female Singer/Songwriter” for the 2005 Northwest Arkansas Music Awards (NAMA). Jori’s first CD, “Home Grown” was nominated “Best CD” in the Ozark region. She has been featured on many compilations including her song, “War Games” on the OMNI Peace Center’s Peace CD, and her song, “Past the Pain” for the Arkansas Children’s Shelter. Big Bad Gina, awarded Best New Band in 2012, has 3 CDs featuring original songs by each band member as well as arrangements of iconic women’s music.