Laura Joy
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Laura Joy

Chicago, Illinois, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2013 | SELF

Chicago, Illinois, United States | SELF
Established on Jan, 2013
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"Review: Laura Joy, What I Know"

When you listen to Laura Joy, it sparks a happy feeling deep inside of you. Little elements of Tin Pan Alley float to the surface in her work as well as a definite feel of Woody Guthrie’s offbeat attitude permeate her lyrics from start to finish. Though most artists have a sound; Laura Joy has her sound... - CultureBomb.net


"Review: Laura Joy, What I Know"

When you listen to Laura Joy, it sparks a happy feeling deep inside of you. Little elements of Tin Pan Alley float to the surface in her work as well as a definite feel of Woody Guthrie’s offbeat attitude permeate her lyrics from start to finish. Though most artists have a sound; Laura Joy has her sound... - CultureBomb.net


"REVIEW: Laura Joy - What I Know"

In a world full of dark affectations and third and fourth guesses, Laura Joy is a breath of fresh air. With a percussive fingerstyle guitar reminiscent of Ani DiFranco and a songwriting flair that recalls the likes of Joni Mitchell and Rebecca Martin, Laura Joy crafts personal tales in song that are both touching and entertaining. The Phoenix native who has most recently prowled the stages of bars and coffee houses in New York shines with brilliance both on stage and in the recording studio. - Wildy's World


"REVIEW: Laura Joy - What I Know"

In a world full of dark affectations and third and fourth guesses, Laura Joy is a breath of fresh air. With a percussive fingerstyle guitar reminiscent of Ani DiFranco and a songwriting flair that recalls the likes of Joni Mitchell and Rebecca Martin, Laura Joy crafts personal tales in song that are both touching and entertaining. The Phoenix native who has most recently prowled the stages of bars and coffee houses in New York shines with brilliance both on stage and in the recording studio. - Wildy's World


"What Makes a Feminist Artist?"

Last month, Laura Joy organized a Feminist Artist Showcase at China 1 in Alphabet City. Facing a packed house, musicians performed a diverse array of musical sets, from spoken word to folk to reggae.

- Paradigm Shift


"What Makes a Feminist Artist?"

Last month, Laura Joy organized a Feminist Artist Showcase at China 1 in Alphabet City. Facing a packed house, musicians performed a diverse array of musical sets, from spoken word to folk to reggae.

- Paradigm Shift


"REVIEW: Laura Joy - Six Flights"

It is not often that I come across a CD like this one. Six Flights is the harbinger of what should be a long and lauded career. Laura Joy weaves magic with her guitar strings and her voice. Six Flights sees Laura Joy raise her game, displaying a voice and songwriting acumen that calls to mind the likes of Ani DiFranco and Joni Mitchell. Laura Joy displays a maturity in her songwriting that many artists achieve after 10 or 15 years of recording. Keep in mind that this is Ms. Joy’s 2nd album, and you’ll have an idea of what might be to come.

In theory it should be easier to tell you which songs here I enjoyed less than the others, except that I can’t find one. “Six Flights” and “Plan” are near masterpieces, and “Courting Disaster” will leave you trying to figure out which of your past relationships she somehow knew about. “Ride Home”, similarly, will touch upon your memories. This is the secret of Laura Joy’s success: She has an ability to tell stories in her songs that are clearly about her own life, but they could be about a time or event in your own life as well. This is a skill that most songwriters strive for all their lives, but for Laura Joy it appears to be a natural gift.

“Six Flights” is a desert island disc. This is the sort of CD you can’t afford not to own. Don’t be surprised if ten or fifteen years from now, rather than hearing people describe who Laura Joy sounds like, you instead hear new artists being said to sound like Laura Joy.

Rating: Buy it Now!

- Wildy's World


"Chicks with Guitars, Live at Red Square"

Laura Joy: Folk music so pretty you’ll have to stop your ears from floating away. Listen to “Rose Remains” and you’ll only realize later you slipped into a whimsical trance. - thefreegeorge.com


Discography

Between Our Words EP (2015)

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**Winner of the 2017 Great River Folk Fest Songwriting Contest** (La Crosse, WI)
**2nd Place for 2017 Acorn Theater Songwriting Contest** (Three Oaks, MI)
**"
Takes A While" is WDCB's Best Original Song of 2015."** (Lilli Kuzma, NPR 90.9 WDCB)
**2013 Finalist for Broward Folk Club Songwriter Contest** (Fort Lauderdale, FL)

Drawing comparisons that range from Joni Mitchell to Shawn Colvin, Laura Joy’s brand of acoustic pop combines percussive finger picking with a remarkably buoyant voice. Playing an average of 100 shows per year, Laura has performed for audiences nationwide, from Club Passim in Cambridge MA to the prestigious St Joseph Chapel in Milwaukee. Laura has opened for Hammel on Trial, poet Staceyann Chin, and Greg Brown. 

“Low-voltage, lo-fi and warm, this is a fine mixture of acoustic based pop and soothing vocals.  For someone who seems to tour on a tireless schedule, this effort is upbeat and emits an embracing vibe…  – the perfect balance.”  - Rob Ross, PopDose.com

“Chicago’s Laura Joy crafts upbeat, sunny folk-pop that goes a bit deeper lyrically than other singer-songwriter fare.” - Radio One Chicago, WLUW 88.7FM


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