Tania Joy leads with a strong handshake, looks you square in the eye, belts out a belly laugh, and tells you everything will be all right. There is conviction in her words, and plenty of heart. This singer-songwriter of folk-infused soul reaches her audience with a distinct, honest voice.
In 2012, Tania Joy introduced herself to the music scene with her single “Gypsy Heart”, and with the recent release of her debut EP I’ll Be Around, she aims to take listeners on a soulful adventure of the human spirit. The title track is an intimate song that delights in the confession of love and desire, while “Gypsy Heart” is an exploration of the heaviness of regret. I’ll Be Around has earned airplay on Whistle Radio 102.7 FM in Stouffville, ON, and independent online radio stations supporting local emerging artists across the grater Toronto area and York Region.
Joy supports her recordings with vulnerable, powerful performances that engage the audience, connecting them to the essence of her songs. Influenced by soul (Roberta Flack, Bill Withers), folk (Bob Dylan, Ray Lamontagne), and blues (Ruthie Foster), Tania Joy can be found performing locally in Toronto and across Southern Ontario.
During International Women’s Week 2013, Joy participated in Wonder Women VI: WonderFest, a week-long series of workshops and concerts to spread empowerment through art, and created a social media campaign through YouTube and Twitter to engage participation and spread empowerment, supported by her unreleased song “You Hold the Mirror”.
Joy has dedicated herself to the craft of songwriting in her studies with Berkleemusic Ambassador James Linderman, curriculum with Berkleemusic’s Pat Pattison and attendance of workshops like SongStudio at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto under the artistic direction of Rik Emmett. A member of Songwriters Association of Canada, Joy has had her songwriting efforts rewarded with the honour of having one of her songs on hold for an eight-time Canadian Country Music Award-winning female artist.