Jori Costello is a local award winning 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.
She is well known for her part in the nationally touring band, Big Bad Gina, and in the art rock duo, Jorian Oxygen which grew out of The Jori Costello Band. Her one woman musical tribute, Songs of My Soul, has been featured at 5 regional festivals and venues. For Trike Theatre, she was the Music Director for Digging Up Arkansas and the role of “Musician” in Cowboy in the Kitchen. For AR Staged, she created original soundscape for An Old Woman Speaks as well as for the upcoming Smokehouse Players production of Talking With. Jori teaches private lessons in multiple instruments, is a session staffer at Girls Rock Camp Madison, a creator of a summer camp music program, and most recently a Music Mentor for Ann Brown Memorial School.
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.