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.
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“Joy Bellis has a clear tone that occasionally hints at the late Susannah McCorkle…She understands the words she is interpreting, her versions are thoughtful and intelligent, and her voice will win listeners over…Coming Alive is an excellent start for her career.”
Scott Yanow, Los Angeles Jazz Scene (May 2007)
“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)