Joy Ike

Joy Ike is passionate about the intersection of faith and culture, the call to create art with integrity and excellence, and connecting with others through her music. As an artist who has been compared to the likes of Sara Bareilles, Nina Simone, Norah Jones, and Regina Spektor, her honest, bittersweet songwriting has earned her the chance to open for a number of national touring acts including Tyrone Wells, Deas Vail, SHEL, Butterfly Boucher, Allen Toussaint, Cody Chestnutt, and more.

As a singer/songwriter, storyteller, and public speaker, Joy believes that music and art have the power to transform hearts and connect people who would otherwise be strangers (at best) and enemies (at worst). She speaks regularly on her journey into music-making as the daughter of Nigerian immigrants, using music to process and enter into meaningful conversations, and (as a former publicist) she teaches workshops on branding, marketing, and using your authentic story to engage your audience. Joy is passionate about art as a vehicle for change, empowerment, and empathy and sees art as a way to openly and thoughtfully advocate for the voiceless.

Joy’s music is heavily influenced by artists such as Sara Groves, Laura Mvula, Yael Naim, and Brooke Waggoner and blends elements of pop, folk, soul, and world. Her music has turned up on Relevant Magazine‘s The Drop and various NPR affiliates in the northeast. 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.”

When she’s not on the road touring college campuses during the school year, Joy enjoys meaningful one-on-one conversations at small coffee shops, cooking, spending time in her garden, quiet movie nights, and being an unapologetic introvert.