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Nature Walk

by Joan Hammel

The song was released on Earth Day kicking off National Parks Week, for whom Joan Hammel was selected as an Artist in Residence. It includes acoustic guitar, vocals, bass and flute from Colville Tribe Member Tim Brooks.
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Joan has been nominated five times for Pop Entertainer of the Year by the Chicago Music Awards. (Other nominees have been R. Kelly, Kanye West, Mavis Staples, Wilco and Jennifer Hudson.) The Illinois Arts Council placed Joan on their Illinois ArtsTour Roster of artists. ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) gave her their fifth ASCAPLUS Writer's Award, where a panel of music experts recognize active writers in the early and midstages of their careers with cash and recognition. The YWCA of Lake County awarded Joan their Women of Achievement Award in the Arts category. The Robert M. MacNamara Foundation awarded her one of its residencies where she wrote new music. She was also selected as an Artist in Residence for the National Park Service during their 100 anniversary year, which culminated in the release of the song: Nature Walk.

Her first full length CD entitled joanland is a collection of 11 original songs performed by Joan and a variety of talented musicians and was included on the Grammy Awards Nominations Ballot in four different categories. Appearing are members of the Cryan' Shames and blues legend Corky Siegel, as well as Skip Griparis of the Major League movies. The album has been picked up by all of the major legal download sites like iTunes and is available to order at Borders, Best Buy and other big box locations. Joan was also the vocalist on the recording of Oh Lady Di for the late Princess of Wales benefiting her Foundation and charities. This recording also put Joan on the Grammy Awards Nominations Ballot in a number of categories.

Joan was the singer on America recorded after 9-11. It can currently be heard on the website for the Flight 93 Memorial in California, and has been chosen to be included in the Artist Registry for the National 9-11 Memorial in New York City. The song led to Joan being chosen by Washington for a nine-day USO tour to entertain the troops including New Year's Eve in Cuba and another appearance on the Grammy Awards Nominations Ballot. Other performance highlights include appearing as a headliner during the Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City and working all around the globe in places like the Caribbean and Las Vegas, including Caesar's Palace. She has shared billing with entertainers like Buddy Rich, Koko Taylor, Lonnie Brooks, the Chi-Lites, the Cryan’ Shames, David Sanborn, Brenda Russell, Shirley King, Taj Mahal, Johnny Frigo, Frank Mantooth, Rare Earth, James Moody and the Second City Comedy Troupe. She has sung at Holy Name Cathedral many times and performed a concert as a part of acclaimed cellist Yoyo Ma's yearlong Silk Road project in Chicago.

She served on the Board of Governors in Chicago for the GRAMMYs for many years, and was a part of the first female President/Vice President team in Academy history. She chaired the Education Committee. Through them, she has chaired the Chicago premieres of the Meryl Streep, Angela Bassett movie, "Music of the Heart," and "Mr. Holland’s Opus," with Richard Dreyfuss. She is a member of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS), and SAG/AFTRA (Screen Actors Guild/American Federation of Television and Radio Artists) where she is a member of the Singers Committee.

She has studied singing and recorded with Robert Harris of Northwestern University as well as studying both singing and conducting with the legendary Margaret Hills of the Chicago Symphony Chorus. She studied voice and acting with Tony Randall and operatic singer, Sherrill Milnes. At Ravinia, she had a master class with Conductor Christoph Eschenbach. She also had a vocal masterclass with Roger Love. Joan is currently working on original recording projects of her own as well as others.

Chicago Tribune Article

North Shore Chapter enjoys private concert with Joan Hammel
North Shore Chapter, Lake Forest, Illinois (NSDAR)

At North Shore Chapter's March general membership meeting, nationally recognized vocalist and National Park Service artist-in-residence, Joan Hammel highlighted the powerful nexus of the arts and American heritage that occurs through conservation and historic preservation. Members and guests were treated to her extraordinary private solo performance in the spectacular setting of a David Adler designed Lake Forest home. The only other National Park Service musical artist-in-residence was Woody Guthrie who wrote This Land Is Your Land.

Hammel's presentation included the Park Service selection process, her six-week journey with her young son through several national parks including parts of the Lewis and Clark trail, and the experience at Lake Roosevelt along the Columbia River where she was ensconced on an Indian Reservation for a most memorable summer sabbatical. The magnificent natural beauty of the land and the spirit of the Indian people inspired her composition of not just one piece, but two complete albums. Her works incorporate the instruments of the Indian tribe and the lyrics reference the magnificent terrain, the abundant fauna and the animal kingdom that sustained the tribal people first living there.

For the first time in public, Hammel gave our members an "unplugged" preview of her upcoming debut release. In a nod to icons Guthrie and John Denver, she collaborated with tribal members on their traditional instrumentation and indigenous affect. Her composition recording is scheduled for release through the National Park Service and will officially debut this coming spring.

Attendees were welcomed by our vivacious and gracious hostess to her beautiful historic home, a Lake Forest enclave of elegance and the perfect setting for this private concert. The historic residence and the landscape are world-class masterworks, triumphs of domestic architectural design. The afternoon performance was capped with chapter discussions and business, and followed by sumptuous high tea in the dining and drawing rooms.

NSDAR: National Society Daughters of the American Revolution was founded in 1890 to promote historic preservation, education and patriotism. Its members are descended from the patriots who won American independence during the Revolutionary War. With more than 185,000 members in approximately 3,000 chapters worldwide, DAR is one of the world's largest and most active service organizations. To learn more about DAR, visit



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