Joy talks to host Nicole Zell about touring, the themes behind the new album and the stories that inspired individual songs.
Joy Ike’s new record is going to take you places; your only job is to enjoy the ride. Ike’s fourth full-length studio production, Bigger Than Your Boxbears surprise and yearning in its arms. The songs address you by looking you straight in the eye. The experience is like sitting at a welcoming table, talking to that person who both intimidates and encourages you at once. Yes, you listen
ALL SONGS CONSIDERED
"SONGS PUBLIC RADIO LOVES"
"In her Tiny Desk Contest entry, Philadelphia-based artist Joy Ike presents a song that will make you tap your toes. But listen closely to the lyrics and you'll understand that "Ever Stay" presents a deeper perspective, too. It's easy to hear Ike's fervor laced throughout every note and lyric; she's a fresh breath of air and a..." [READ FULL REVIEW]
"MUSIC FOR TURBULENT TIMES'
With the ongoing shattering of silence through the #MeToo movement and a record number of women running for office, 2018 feels unstoppable in its forward movement. Infused with bold rhythms, Joy Ike’s latest album, Bigger Than Your Box, could easily serve as the soundtrack of this march. While described by... [READ FULL REVIEW]
The title Bigger Than Your Box makes a statement about pianist/singer Joy Ike’s personality as well as her art. The artistic angle is clear: Ike hits that sweet spot between soul, jazz and pop, and if she doesn’t fit cleanly into a genre, she’s fine with that. These tracks... [READ FULL REVIEW]
As a songwriter, Joy Ike explores the restless middle ground between what is and what ought to be. That proves to be fertile soil for the Philadelphia-based neo-soul-pop artist on her new national release, “Bigger Than Your Box,” which Ike will introduces... [READ FULL INTERVIEW]