Biography of Joy Dennis
Joy Dennis is a singer/ songwriter from Rockledge, FL. She relocated to Jacksonville, FL as an infant and quickly developed an ear for music as a youth by listening to her grandmother play piano over the years and by participating in several choruses and choirs.
As years passed on, and with an entrepreneurial spirit in tow, Joy was able to pave her way on to the local music scene through open mic venues and co-produced concert events in the heart of Jacksonville, FL. These events allowed her the opportunity to begin honing her live performances by opening for dozens of popular national acts from Montell Jordan to Jazmine Sullivan.
In 2010, Joy finally turned her very private poetry into her debut R&B/ Soul/ Jazz album, “Music Is“, which was released in May of that year. The first single from that album was fan favorite “He Awaits”, followed by the Bessie Smith and Dinah Washington remake, “Electric Chair”, which paid homage to the blues and jazz mavens.
The following year, Joy began polishing the craft of video directing by writing and producing two full length music videos for her singles. Having a background in psychology and social work, Joy wanted to create two videos that when viewed simultaneously, reveal an underlying message of Domestic Violence Awareness.
Since the release of “Music Is“, Joy has traveled with and opened for Variety Entertainment’s Funk Fest Concerts which features acts such as Charlie Wilson, Frankie Beverly, Kem, Earth, Wind & Fire, Babyface, Doug E. Fresh, Joe, Ledisi, SWV, Faith Evans and many more.
In 2014, Joy began working on her latest project, “The Listening Party”. The album is Joy’s highly anticipated follow up to “Music Is” and is slated to be released soon. The album, (under the Urb Garden Music label), features two discs of never before released tracks, new collaborations, at least one dual release with band Top Shelf People, as well as nearly a dozen new tracks produced by RIAA Certified Platinum producer, songwriter & multi-instrumentalist J. Dash.
With this new project, Joy boldly explores the fusion of her classic soulful tone with new genres, sounds & rhythms, something of which her current listeners have yet to witness.
“The Listening Party is a body of work that continues my musical journey. It’s not just about my life and experiences but about how I have evolved as a woman and an artist. It’s always good to lay a foundation as an artist and stay true to those roots, but I refuse to be stuck in a creative box. So, I decided to explore new ideas, new sounds and new feelings with the help of some fresh and extremely talented additions to my production team. The Listening Party [in my opinion] is the perfect soundtrack, and I think there is something on there each of my listeners can appreciate.” – Joy Dennis
Fan favorites “He Awaits” & Electric Chair” from her debut album will also be featured on this latest release. In addition, there is a completely re-imagined version of her previously released song, “Juke Joint”, adding a colorful splash of sensual funk to the track-listing.
Backed by band, Top Shelf People, Joy’s live shows are dripping with charisma and are sure to leave ticket holders wanting more.
Become a Fan of Joy Dennis by visiting www.JoyDennisMusic.com. The title track from her upcoming album, “The Listening Party” is now available on iTunes, Amazon, GooglePlay, MerchTable Live and other digital outlets worldwide.