Joy Dennis is a singer/ songwriter from Jacksonville, FL who developed an ear for music at a young age by listening to her grandmother play piano and by participating in several 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 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 now available on iTunes, Amazon, Spotify and more. The album, (under the Urb Garden Music label), features two discs of new collaborations including tracks with band Top Shelf People (formerly Fusebox Funk), guitarist John Parkerurban, First Coast Friends of Funk, 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 is, in my opinion, 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 Music Is, is also 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.