Joy began playing the steel pan in 1997 at Malvern’s Church of the Nativity under the direction of Vince Cato. As she realized her love for the instrument, her solo career soon came alive, earning her the title "Princess of Pan". Her efficiency with the tenor pan and her diverse performance range have led to great audience receptions, and flattering recognition from seasoned professional pannists. Joy performs primarily as a soloist and with her jazz trio featuring Andrew Stewart (electric bass) and Larnell Lewis (drums). She often expands this formation to a quartet or to an even larger musical ensemble. She is also a member and supporter of the Toronto-based steelband, Pan Fantasy.
As an audience favourite, Joy brings her genuine and bright personality to performances where she is known for gripping audiences. Joy has released three recordings, "Praise on Pan: How Great Thou Art" (2004), “Make a Joyful Noise” (2006) and “It’s Christmas Time” (2007). Thankful for the opportunity to record great songs written by other artists, Joy is currently focused on writing and arranging new music for her ensembles.
In addition to her work as a stage musician, Joy teaches weekly steel pan classes within the Toronto District School Board. She also serves in the Worship and Creative Arts Ministry at her home church, Malvern Christian Assembly.
Reflecting on her blessings, Joy offers a four-fold explanation for her progress, noting first and foremost, “God’s gift of music, dedicated teachers, extremely nurturing parents, and a supportive family and community”.
For performance bookings contact: John Lapps at 1.416.450.0151 or email@example.com. Click here to purchase one of Joy’s CDs.