It's her name, it's her vibe, and it's the feeling you get when you put on her music.
Writing and playing the guitar from the age of 10, Joy has always used music as a way to make sense of the struggles and celebrate the triumph of life.
In 2015, after years of sending songs to family and friends as gifts, Joy took the plunge and decided to record her very first EP, "Cathedrals" (available on iTunes).
The release of the EP led to Joy's first ever solo concert of original music. Joy sang and told stories for over 2 hours to an audience of 60+ that crammed into her living room.
"It was wild," Joy says of the concert. "I didn't realize that so many people other than family and close friends actually resonated with what I've felt all these years.
Inspired by the encouragement of family and friends, Joy moved to LA for the summer to work as a musician. During her time in LA she performed several shows and worked as a background vocalist for other artists.
She eventually decided to stay in LA for the remainder of the year and continue her work full-time. Joy spent the duration of 2015 performing and writing.
During this time, she also managed to raise $30,000 in a Kickstarter campaign for the funding and marketing of her first full-length release, "Carry" (due Spring 2016).
The Kickstarter campaign brought together friends and fans from all over the world (US, UK, France, India, Africa) who were drawn to Joy's gift of storytelling through song.
The much anticipated release ranges from catchy pop songs about love and trust, to gut-wrenching confessional ballads about loneliness and learning to move on.
"Every song stemmed from a lesson I learned, or a lesson I'm still learning. I write to process and to heal, and I sing to help others do the same. I think this past year has taught me that my voice is one of the few gifts I have, and I can use it to spread a lot of love and lift people up. That's the heart behind the album, and that's my motivation as a person too."