Born: August 3 Primary Instrument: Vocalist
Growing up in a small town in rural eastern Pennsylvania, Joy Bellis always had dreams of performing in New York City. It was a couple hours drive away, but close in her heart. A bright, young student who always did well academically, Joy’s first love remained anything related to music. She began dance lessons at age 3 and piano lessons at age 8. Through both of these disciplines she discovered her passion for singing. In her teen years, performing in musical theater productions solidified her dedication to the craft. Even as she went away to college in Virginia at James Madison University to study Financial Engineering, Joy kept up her musical pursuits as well, performing at various functions whenever she could....
“From the proper elegantly beautiful image, to the captivating and expressive vocal chops to the wisdom to pick good material and excellent sidemen, Miss Bellis delivers big time on her latest release, Coming Alive… She is unique and adaptable, with an open mind to new and interesting feels that pays off with a fresh approach on some old classics…Joy Bellis is sure to do wonderful things in the world of jazz vocals...” Dave Miele, Jazz Improv Magazine (August 2006)
...Ms. Bellis’ demonstrable vocal accomplishment…warm, clear and expressively supple...rapturously expansive, utterly convincing… Alan Bargebuhr, Cadence Magazine (November 2006)
“Bellis' choice of material and overall enthusiasm raise this album above the ordinary. The well-chosen set list avoids most of the usual tunes which should be considered ripe for retirement…” Michael P. Gladstone, www.allaboutjazz.com (August 2006)
This highly talented young singer...interprets lyrics with warmth and understanding...her debut CD is one that I will return to often in the future.” Bruce Crowther, www.swing2bop.com (April 2006)
Tracks: Is You Is or Is You Ain't (My Baby); Baby One More Time; All the Way; Never Will I Marry; Bonita; Look at That Face; It's Over Now (Well You Needn't); Time after Time; Out of This World; The Meaning of the Blues; Sugar; For Me; To Say Goodbye (Pra Dizer Adeus).
Personnel: David Epstein: Piano. Robert Sabin: Bass. Jeff Davis: Drums. Doug Hinrichs: Percussion.
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