Born to Nigerian immigrants, Joy Ikes music, voice, and writing have drawn comparisons to female musicians such as Corinne Bailey Rae, Norah Jones, Regina Spektor, and Fiona Apple. But her percussive piano-playing and soaring vocals give homage to her African upbringing. Leaving her career as a publicist in 2008, Joy has spent the last 9 years playing thousands of shows across the country. She has had the opportunity to share the stage and open for Jeffrey Gaines, Sara Groves, Seth Glier, Cody Chestnutt, Allen Toussaint, and Tyrone Wells to name a few. A write-up on NPR's All Things Considered says "The depth of subjects she tackles in her poetic lyrics are perfectly complemented by a unique blend of neo-soul, with just the right dash of pop...a truly compelling act to watch in person, with the ability to create an intimate setting in locations big and small." She will be joined by upright bassist, Jason Rafalak, and percussionist, Ryan Socrates for a special Joy Ike Trio show.
Joy Ike's music is an indie-infused mix of jazz, pop, and neo-soul, and has often been compared to the likes of Fiona Apple, Corrinne Bailey Rae, and Norah Jones. The Pittsburgh-grown, Nigerian singer/songwriter has only been writing and performing for 3 ½ years but in that short amount of time has garnered much success in the independent music scene. After graduating from the University of Pittsburgh with a B.A. in Communications, Joy began to focus more intently on her songwriting while working full-time as a publicist. In 2006 she released her first EP, Before These Words Were Ever Spoken… In 2007 she was noted as "one of the artists [who] will ultimately be responsible for placing Pittsburgh's music scene firmly on the map," by Allhiphop.com.
And in 2008, she was voted “Best Artist” and "Best Solo Artists" by readers of the Pittsburgh City Paper. Joy Ike's music has often been recognized for its lyrical depth- addressing social issues and universal subject matters of love, loneliness, and the search for God. "I'm hoping to say what most people are thinking but nobody will admit."
But aside from her serious attitude about the world and her music, her awkward sense of humor and the occasional bad note are the less intense, more comical shortcomings of a 25-year-old who claims she's trying to save the world. Joy's first full-length album, Good Morning was released in June 2008 and has received rave reviews from local and national media alike.