Joanne Shaw Taylor is a charting British blues-rock guitarist, singer, and songwriter. A professional working musician since age 14, her playing style has been influenced by classic soul and the modern electric blues of Jimi Hendrix, Albert Collins, and Stevie Ray Vaughan. Her extraordinary dexterity won her the role of lead guitarist in Dave Stewart's D.U.P. when she was 16. White Sugar, her 2009 solo debut, and its follow-up, 2010's Diamonds in the Dirt, both placed inside the Top Ten on the American Blues charts and established her reputation globally.