Jiosa moved to Los Angeles in the mid-'80s to attend the Guitar Institute of Technology and develop his jazz chops, also taking private lessons with Frank Gambale. Upon his graduation, he moved to Nashville and did session work for country and R&B acts. While in Nashville, Jiosa successfully auditioned (as both an actor and musician) for a part in a six-character touring musical, Pump Boys & Dinettes, and again toured the country. After returning at the outset of the '90s, Jiosa was hired to manage a recording studio, where he added producing, arranging, and engineering to his instrumental duties; his greatest successes came with gospel singers Yolanda Adams and Ben Tankard.
Meanwhile, Jiosa was also honing his compositional skills. His first solo recording, Moving Pictures, appeared in 1995; it was followed by 1996's Inner Voices (which contained the radio hit "Lights of the City"), 1998's Jazzberry Pie, and 1999's Among Friends. Jiosa's music has proven especially popular with new adult contemporary and smooth jazz radio formats. ~ Steve Huey, Rovi