Getting to Know Me More
What would be the most amazing adventure to go on?
Space travel, but only if you could do it Star Trek style!
What job would you be terrible at? And why?
Professional fisherman. I think facing the possibility of starvation might be the only thing that would motivate me to fish!
What did you want to be when you grew up?
From a young age, I always wanted to be a missionary doctor. I memorized all the bones of the body and had a great passion to take God’s healing to the world.
If all jobs had the same pay and hours, what job would you like to have?
I would build homes for needy people and tour the world singing songs that give people hope and strength.
What fad or trend do you hope comes back?
TV Dinners. Actually, I don’t think they ever really left. Did they?
What are you most likely to become famous for?
I hope that I always made people feel like they mattered.
What was the oddest job you ever worked?
Digging post holes in the blazing Oklahoma Summer sun – ODD BUT – I got really tan and in really great shape!
How did you become a Daystar Singer?
I helped put a worship team together for Daystar’s first women’s conference and wrote a new music open for two of their original programs. After that, the door opened for me to come on board full-time as Music Director for Daystar in March 2003. So in one day, I became a Daystar Singer and Band member!
What is your funniest moment as a Daystar Singer?
Occasionally, Marcus or Joni will ask me on-air, “What would Grandpa say?” That’s a reference to my amazing Ukrainian Grandfather, Ivan Basansky. I’ll never forget the sound of his voice or the unique way he saw the world around him. Without much thought, “Grandpa’s” words just start roaring through me every time they ask. It cracks them up to hear what comes out of my mouth as it’s spoken with my best impression of a thick Ukrainian accent. Since that first request many years ago, “Grandpa,” has become somewhat of “regular” on Marcus & Joni and I love sharing his humor and spirit with our viewers watching around the world.
Tell us about a time when God has been great in your life?
There’s not a day of my life that I haven’t experienced God’s greatness. Even after losing my father in a plane crash when I was just 19, I can truly say that His love is unending. Driving to Daystar each day, I’m thanking God in prayer and song for all the ‘Greats’ in my life, like my beautiful wife, Sheila, and our children, Brooke and Joseph. I cannot thank God enough for the great grace and kindness He has shown me.
With a passion to bring healing and hope to the world, Joseph Ninowski, Jr. works to impact lives through his music and service. Growing up, both of his parents were filled with a great love for music and ministry, and church was a way of life for the family. Joe’s mom was a gifted singer and Joe Sr. led worship at the church with the hope of one day sharing the Gospel with a global audience. Sadly, his father was killed in a tragic airplane crash when Joe was just 19. It seemed that his father’s lifelong dream of reaching the world through every means possible, including Christian TV, would die with him.
After getting a marketing degree from Oral Roberts University and marrying his college sweetheart, Sheila, Joe and his bride settled in Tulsa, Oklahoma where they started a family. Then, after moving to Dallas in 1990 for a record-producing contract, God opened the door for him to begin leading worship with the youth at Covenant Church where he eventually became the Worship Director.
In 2003, Joe began living out his parents’ vision to reach the world for Christ through television when he became Daystar’s Music Director. In addition to serving at Daystar and at his church, Joe has songwriting, album, commercial and scoring credits ranging from CBS sports themes to clients such as American Airlines, Citgo, and Verizon, as well as various Christian artists. Along with his parents and family, Joe thanks God for the three greatest earthly blessings in his life: his wife, Sheila, and their two children, Brooke and Joseph III.