Pamela Joy

Pamela Joy

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Pamela Joy is an Australian christian singer/songwriter who creates neo-folk rock fusion exploring mercy & faith in chaos through music, stories and art. It's a fusion of acoustic & electronic elements. Profits from the hannah's child album supports survivors of human trafficking through Bloom Asia.

Biography

MUSICAL STYLE

The music is acoustic and electronic fusion with a hint of eastern instrumentation and other world music influences. I am enjoying trying to see if the potentially opposing forces of technology and acoustic integrity can tell the same stories to represent the intensity of mercy breaking through the ceiling of chaos.

There is a gentle edge (acoustic guitar, harp, Japanese wind, etc...) but these sounds sometimes walk with dirty bass and industrial thuds. Sometimes the songs have a hint of another culture … or a few different cultures in one song.

TOURS, ALBUMS & THE MUSICIANS

After touring as the support act for Middle Eastern influenced folk band, Sons of Korah, I toured my debut album, hannah’s child, with a band dedicated to raise money for the inspirational work my sister was doing in Cambodia with victims of human trafficking.

Whilst successful in terms of helping establish what is now known as “Bloom Asia", musically, I finished the tour knowing that I wanted to come back to Melbourne and record another album, this time with more experimental rhythms and sounds.

This album is titled l’aparela and is almost finished.  Please join the mailing list (www.pamelajoy.net) if you would like to be notified when singles become available.

Adding to the cast of talented musicians from hannah’s child Anne Norman, Jayden Lee, Greg Hunt, Jacob Rissmann, Travis Easton, Mike Avery, Gareth Skinner, Rod Gear, I’ve been fortunate to work this time with Robert Sedky, Jeremy Alsop and Baker Street Studios for creative electronic elements with Allan Nuendorf once again provided his elegant touch on the recording of acoustic instruments and the production as a whole.  I am also fortunate to have Robert Sedky's beautiful guitar on various songs and the input of Stu Hazelman (The Skylines) on the track “Creature” (guitar and bv), to be released with the full length l’aparela album.

During the recording of l’aparela, I have also been remixing hannah’s child with a touch of the new flavour. This digital, remixed version of hannah’s child remains heavily acoustic, but it will just give you a taste of what’s to come in l’aparela.

BACKGROUND & WHY I CREATE

I grew up in Queensland, Australia, and wrote most of my early music on riverbanks and under the trees without the influence even of a radio.

Now I live in Melbourne and enjoy fusing the expertise of the amazing artists you can find in this city with the rough but intense ideas that follow me from the country into the city…

I create music to share stories of mercy and faith in chaos because my experience on this planet seems so confusing and disparate.  It's so good and difficult at the same time and it seems as if it's been like this throughout history.  When I ask why, what's it all for and why do I have cravings for a better place without frustration and tears across the globe, my response to these questions usually end up in a song.

Lyrics

Hope (Old Life)

Written By: Pamela Joy

In my old life, I fought the wrongs with conviction,
Passion and single minded drive fuelled by anger.
Just causes bred, my head reeled back and forward
But my soul still was not fed.

So in my old life, I laughed and played,
Stroked my appetite for pleasing feelings.
But in my old life, time just went by
Hanging further over the cosmic abyss of nothingness.

I heard a call, a quiet gentle call.
But I hopped on my bike and I raised my hands over my ears
And I rode, still screaming at the sky fallen.
I rode, I rode, I rode.

So even though I was hanging over a cliff,
I still thought that I knew best.
But my old life came tumbling down,
Crashing around my feet, until I gave in.

I cried out to Jesus to save me, to heal me,
To show me the way, to forgive my sin
And give me eternal life with Him in heaven
And peace while I'm living until then.
It's peace.

Restored

Written By: Pamela Joy

Warm your hands, but I know you. I've seen through.
You're with the man who we've condemned.
You try and pretend but your accent makes you to be a liar and a denier
Are you supposedly his friend who turns his back at the end?

But what is this I find? That even though you fell,
You knelt before your God and He still used you,
Restored your place. Your torn shamed face He restored.

Will you let a weak moment cloud your sense and judgement?
Relent my sweetest boy. I'll use another ploy, I will find out.
I'll cause you to doubt. Well you fell in my lair and I found out
That your strength's in the length of your hair.

But what is this I find? That even though you fell,
You knelt before your God and He still used you,
Restored your place. Your torn shamed face He restored.

The storm is worse because you sailed, you ran and failed.
And as for you, you even killed

But what is this I find? That even though you fell,
You knelt before your God and He still used you,
Restored your place. Your torn shamed face He restored. He restores.

Save Us

Written By: Pamela Joy

Save us from this world we're living in
Stop this madness of death
Save us from our blindness to your ways

Save us from this world we're living in
Stop the groanings of loss
Save us from our hard hearts to your ways

I bow before you in need
I've done wrong in thought and deed
For what I've done I should surely die

Save us from this world we're living in
Stop this reign of pain
Save us from our war with your ways

You did no wrong
So you are the only one
Who is able to come into darkness
And carry us out

Save us oh King, save us oh King
Save us oh King, save us...

Everlasting Arms

Written By: Pamela Joy Crawford

The eternal God is my refuge.
Underneath are the everlasting arms.
He is the rock. His work is perfect.
For all His ways are justice, a God of truth.
He found me in the desert land
and in the wasteland, a howling wilderness.
He spread out His wings,
hovered over me and took me up.
And leads me to a place of life.
He enables me in truth and love.
And keeps me in His everlasting arms.
Everlasting arms
He is the Word,
the Word on earth who found me.
And keeps me in His everlasting arms.

Speak Your Mind

Written By: Pamela Joy Crawford

Speak your mind so I can hear you
Speak your mind so I can hear your mind
Speak your mind so I can hear you
Speak your mind so I can hear
Speak your mind so I can you hear you
Speak your mind so I can hear your mind
You have you say in a thousand ways
But I want an audible voice
Speak your mind so I can hear your mind
Speak your mind so I can hear
I’ve seen your footprints and I’ve heard your word
But I want an affordable choice
Your voice thunders and your lightening spells
My name across the sky but I still cry
“Speak your mind so I can hear you”
You’ve shown me how to live
And spoken through the world
And through prophets of old
And now through your son
But still I run, run.
Speak your mind so I can hear
What more could you say, what more could you say
What more could you say that I, that I, that I would hear.

Discography

hannah's child 2011 digital release
l'aparela - Singles out: 'Everlasting Arms', 'Speak Your Mind'