Born to Nigerian immigrants, independent artist Joy Ike’s music, voice, and writing has drawn comparisons to female musicians such as Norah Jones, Corinne Bailey Rae, 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, Ike has since played hundreds of shows across the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, and Midwest. She has had the opportunity to share the stage and open for Jeffrey Gaines, Denison Whitmer, Deas Vail, Butterfly Boucher, Cody Chestnutt, Tyrone Wells, Najee, and Allen Toussaint, 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.”
Joy Ike is currently on tour through the Northeast and will be accompanied by bandmates Jason Rafalak (upright bass) and Ryan Socrates (percussion). For more information, visit her Web site.
Watch Joy Ike performing “No Matter What” at the Trust Performing Arts Center:
• Wednesday, July 9. CLASSICAL GUITAR: ORPHÉE RUSSELL
• Thursday, July 10. FOLK: THE HEATH SISTERS
• Wednesday, July 16. FOLK/POP/SOUL: JOY IKE
• Thursday, July 17. ROCK ‘N’ SOUL: BRONSON ROCK
• Friday, July 18. SURF MUSIC, ROCKABILLY: THE SIX PACK DUTCHMEN, TOM HEARN
• Thursday, July 24. PROGRESSIVE FOLK ROCK: KINDRED QUEER
• Tuesday, July 29. BLUEGRASS: STACY PHILLIPS AND HIS BLUEGRASS CHARACTERS
• Wednesday, July 30. FOLK MUSIC: ROBERT MESSORE
• Thursday, July 31. ROCK: THE SHELLYE VALAUSKAS EXPERIENCE
• Friday, Aug. 1. ELECTRO-ACOUSTIC: DAVID ELKIN-GINNETTI
• Wednesday, Aug. 13. INDIE ROCK: THE LYS GUILLORN BAND
• Thursday, Aug. 14, ROCK: PARKER’S TANGENT
• Friday, Aug. 15. POP/ART/PUPPETRY: POCKET VINYL, GLUMPUPPET