As a child, Joy sang a solo at her kindergarten graduation. In her teen years, she attended the Orange County Performing Arts High School. During the evenings and weekends, Joy appeared at local clubs.
At the age of eleven, Joy appeared on the popular television show “Star Search” where she won “Female Vocalist” eleven times in a row. After that, her mother sent out videotapes of Joy’s performances, hoping to land a record deal. She later signed with LaFace Records.
During the late 90s, Joy did background vocals on songs such as “When You Believe” by Mariah Carey & Whitney Houston.
In 1999, she appeared on the soundtrack to the movie “Anna and the King” with the song “How Could I Not Love You.” The song was nominated twice for a Golden Globe Award.
In 2000, Joy released the single “Tell Me How You Feel” which managed to peak at #31 on Billboard’s Rhythmic Top 40 chart. The song also charted in Australia and New Zealand (where it was certified Gold).
In September of 2001, Joy released her self-titled debut album which didn’t appear to make the Billboard 200 chart. In the United States, the album was released a week after the 9\11 attacks. She made promotional visits to Australia, Germany, Japan, Korea, New Zealand and Singapore.
The follow-up single from the album “Shake Up the Party” peaked at #23 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Club Play Singles chart. The song was featured on the soundtrack to the movie “Double Take.”
During that same year, Joy performed the song “Bella Notte” (along with singer Carlos Ponce) for the movie “Lady and the Tramp II: Scamp’s Adventure.”
Joy appeared on the WB television show “7th Heaven,” starring in six episodes. She also made guest appearances on other television shows such as “The Bold and the Beautiful” and “Resurrection Blvd.”
The last single from the album “What Do You Want” failed to make any impact on the charts.
Joy was also a spokesperson for the Candies’ Foundation and was a spokesmodel for L’oreal. In 2003, she starred in the movie “Chasing Papi.” On April 4, 2004, she married music producer Rodney “Darkchild” Jerkins. Together, they have three children.
After almost completing her sophomore album (which had the same pop\R&B music like her debut album), Joy had a change of heart and decided to make a Contemporary Christian album. On March 7, 2006, she released her second album “Atmosphere of Heaven.”
In 2010, Joy wrote the song “Boom Chika Boom” for the soundtrack to the movie “Our Family Wedding.”
She also performed & wrote the song “Beatz Be Rockin'” for the Nickelodeon television series “iCarly.” In 2012, she contributed songs to the Lifetime network reality series “Dance Moms.” The song “Light My Fire” got a separate digital release.
On July 18, 2013, Joy’s reality show “House of Joy” premiered on the NUVOtv network. After each episode, a new digital single would be released. On September 10, 2013, the songs were released on an EP called “House of Joy.”
In January of 2016, she released her third album “The Call” which was produced by her husband and has gotten good reviews from critics. The songs “Hallelujah” and “Shine” (featuring her daughter Heavenly Joy) have been released as singles on iTunes.
To see Joy’s official website, go to:
To see the music video for “Tell Me How You Feel,” go to:
To see the music video for “Shake Up the Party,” go to:
To see a fan-made video for “How Can I Not Love You,” go to:
To see a fan-made video for “Get to Know Him” (from “Atmosphere of Heaven”), go to:
To see a fan-made video for “Been So Good” (from “Atmosphere of Heaven”), go to:
To see the music video for “Hallelujah,” go to:
To see the music video for “Shine,” go to:
[updated on 04-16-2016]