September 14, 2016
Songwriters Suite: More Than Just A Song

I first came across Joy through Grasrootsy, which is a long running website for independent artists navigating the DIY possibilities of the music industry. It was fantastic to be able to chat with her about that, house concerts, and the… [listen to interview]

March 12, 2016
NPR Tiny Desk Contest: The Best of Philly Submissions

I was/am really excited about the song. For me it’s been very timely and speaks to alot of the things happening in our world – specifically a lot of the racial tension that’s heightened over the last two years since Ferguson. In addition… [read full interview]

Aug 5, 2015
PBS 39:  Meet the ‘Steel Sessions’ Artists: Joy Ike

What is ‘Soulfolk,” and what influences have combined to give Joy Ike her signature sound? We find that out and more during our Q&A with this exciting, talented artist, who performs her Steel Sessions taping at PBS39…[read full interview]

July 8, 2015
Doing Art Podcast

Joy Ike is a talented singer-songwriter well known for her deep and inspiring lyrics. Join her and Lorens, as she talks about traveling long distance for gigs, having Nigerian parents, getting better and disliking earlier albums, playing in New York City, having faithful fans, and many other randomly connected stuff [listen to interview]

May 8, 2015
WNYC’s Soundcheck: Interview

When I first met folk musician Joy Ike after her Rockwood Hall concert last year, I was her voluntary roadie. A group of us — ranging from friends, band members, and fans — all lugged equipment to a street you would never know existed if you weren’t desperate for a parking spot. On our way back to the busy streets of [read full interview]

May 7, 2015
The Courier-Post: The Joy Ike of Song

Friday night is a real treat, as two excellent acts take the stage. Joy Ike plays piano and sings her heart out whenever she performs. She’s also just about fearless, which helps in a big way. For someone not familiar with… [read full interview]

Jan 30, 2015
Women in the Music Industry: Interview Series

The following interview is part of a series designed to discuss issues that women face in the music industry. The goal is to empower women musicians to embrace their artistry with confidence and passion…[read full interview]

Nov 5, 2014
Kent Wired: Coffeeshop fills with Joy

Whether it be the ukulele-laden, peppy folk in songs like “Happy,” or a Norah Jones-like vocal melody in “No Matter What,” Ike’s music covers a lot of ground in the musical spectrum. She can be placed somewhere in the tradition… [read full article]

June 17, 2014
Show Review: Cody Chestnutt/Joy Ike @ World Cafe Live

The night began with a healthy dose of peace and joy, literally, as Pittsburgh-based singer-songwriter Joy Ike  took the stage with her sister, Peace, who handled djembe and beatbox duties. The Ike sisters’ set started off gently and quietly—you could hear a pin drop within the… [read full review]

May 26, 2014
Show Review: Joy Ike at Pittsburgh Winery

Pittsburgh is home to a handful of small intimate venues. A place where you can almost watch the sweat fall from your favorite performing artist’s face. Pittsburgh Winery in the Strip District is one such venue. The potent aroma of wine hits you as make your way down a steep set of stairs. Tables to seat two or four gather around the stage that boasts wine barrels as the back drop. On Saturday, May 24 Joy Ike made her way back to her home town to play the sold out venue, a warm…[read full review]

Jan 23, 2014
49 Creative Geniuses Who Use Blogging to Promote Their Art

Joy Ike a Songstress who delivers grassroots marketing strategies with the voice of an angel. She’s a talented songwriter with an eclectic musical style and captivating voice. She’s also passionate about helping her fellow artists with marketing. Joy blogs at…[read full write-up]

Dec 11, 2013
NPR’s World Cafe: Songs by Pittsburgh’s Finest

To find out about up-and-coming local bands for our Sense of Place stop in Pittsburgh, we went straight to one of the city’s best-known sources: Cindy Howes, host of Morning Mix on NPR member station WYEP.  A close observer of…[listen to segment]

July 29, 2013
Pop Dose: The Matt N’ Jeff Radio Hour//Episode 23

“Loves people, hates shoes, makes music.” How’s that for a manifesto? On the other hand, those six words don’t really sum up Joy Ike‘s music — but then, you’d need more than a few pages to properly delve into her signature blend of pop, folk, and soul, which Ike charmingly…[listen to interview]

June 19, 2013
WXPN’s The Key: Make Music Philly Spotlight

Here’s another great artist you don’t want to miss at Make Music Philly this Friday: This Pittsburgh singer-songwriter falls somewhere between…[read full write-up]

May 14, 2013
Fine Living Lancaster: Saul Simon MacWilliams Brings “Joy” to the World

I recently had the opportunity to interview esteemed music producer Saul Simon MacWilliams, a man who thrives on the indie music scene, but doesn’t box himself into it. “Is there really a difference [between indie and pop], besides how well…[read full article]

April 19, 2013
SoulBounce: “Joy Ike Will Not Let You Go”

How is it that pianist/vocalist Joy Ike is three albums in, and I’m just now hearing about her? Talk about slipping, slumbering and failing from all sides. We’ve even covered the Pittsburgh native here on our pages once before. Like I said, slipping. Well, she’s got my undivided attention now as…[read full article]

April 3, 2013
We Plug Good Music: All or Nothing Album Review

Two thumbs up for this well-branded independent artist I’m about to share with you. It took me a lot of snooping around to really prove that she isn’t signed to a record label of any sort. Her music production quality, online brand and music videos are all on…[read full article]