Floy Joy was a British pop\soul band from Sheffield, England who was signed to Virgin Records and had some moderate hits on the music charts in the United Kingdom.
The band formed in 1983 and the original line-up consisted of Elana Harris, Michael Ward & Shaun Ward. During that same year, they released their first single “Answer Through Me” which didn’t make the charts.
By 1984, Elana Harris was replaced with new member Carroll Thompson (born in Letchworth, Hertfordshire, England) and during that same year, Floy Joy released their debut album “Into the Hot” which peaked at #40 on the album charts in New Zealand, but didn’t chart anywhere else.
The lead single from the album “Burn Down a Rhythm” failed to make any impact on the charts, but the follow-up single “Until You Come Back to Me” peaked at #91 on the U.K. Singles chart, making it their first appearance on the chart.
The last single released from the album “Operator” peaked at #86 on the U.K. Singles chart. After the release of their debut album, Shaun Ward & Carroll Thompson left the band, so Michael Ward recruited singer Desi Campbell & bassist\drum programmer\co-writer Robert E. Clarke, forming an all-male version of Floy Joy.
In 1986, Floy Joy released their sophomore album “Weak in the Presence of Beauty” which peaked at #85 on the U.K. Albums chart and #29 on the album charts in Australia.
The title song peaked at #85 on the U.K. Singles chart, but the follow-up single from the album, “Friday Night In This Cold City” failed to chart at all. After that, Floy Joy disbanded.
In the ’90s, Desi Campbell & Shaun Ward formed another music act called Everyday People. Desi later started a solo career, releasing two self-produced singles. He also went on to work with artists such as Errol Brown, Fraud Squad, Bludog and Concrete Nation.
Carroll Thompson worked as a session singer for artists such as Stevie Wonder, Sting, Natalie Cole, Robbie Williams, Boy George, Chaka Khan, Michael Jackson, Maxi Priest and Billy Ocean. These days, she is married to Radio 5 Live presenter Dotun Adebayo & has two children. Both she and Adebayo founded Colourtelly (which is Britain’s first black interest internet TV station).
It’s unknown what Shaun Ward, Michael Ward & Elana Harris are currently up to these days.
To see a fan-made video for “Burn Down a Rhythm,” go to:
To see the music video for “Until You Come Back to Me,” go to:
To see the music video for “Operator,” go to:
To see the music video for “Weak in the Presence of Beauty,” go to:
To see a fan-made video for “Friday Night in This Cold City,” go to: