The newly turned 24 year old Joy Simone, sitting with her hair swept to the side, takes a small sip from the cup of tea she’s holding, then begins to divulge.
Growing up in New Brunswick, New Jersey, Simone enjoyed a lot of time alone to think. The only child of working parents she loved building and sketching diverse creations from a young age. With a mind for melody she never thought much about singing; but was often captured by the music she witnessed in her mind. “From a young age I recall hearing intricate pieces of music. They would develop fully with horns and strings, crescendos and decrescendos. It took me years to realize I was creating the music, not recalling it.”
By 15, after six years of playing, Simone wholly abandoned the piano for the guitar. “One day I just decided that I couldn’t create what I wanted to unless I played guitar.”
At 18 Simone enrolled at Rutgers University where she attended as a Carr Scholar. Studying psychology and music, often combining the two fields for extended research. Occasionally skipping class just to study from her own selections of texts at the music library. “Junior year I read every book the school had on the composer John Cage. I read about his music, poetry, paintings, and life. I loved all things avant-garde.”
Experiencing many different types of music inside and out of the classroom, Simone became the bassist and vocalist for a New York based indie rock band. Explaining, "I loved it because it surprised people. I was subtle as always, but we had very stimulating performances." Eventually deciding to split from the group in order to write a softer sound Simone found many influences floating around.
“It was a complete whimsy that I went home to explore my parents record collection.” Mostly comprised of Soul, Jazz, and Motown recordings. Having not heard many of those songs since a young age, “it was sublime,” explains Simone. “I instantly saw so much of my life lived to that sound track. Marvin Gaye and Stevie Wonder where always in my head.”
Most recently after college, Simone began recording various acoustic and electronic themes arriving at the EP "Lady". “It’s truly about the depth and soul of the piece. I’m not good with a steady type of instrumentation. The one thing I truly know is the depth of my voice and its power to reach the deepest part of me. It’s my greatest intimacy and what I really need to share.” The piece of music is the connection. Many styles and passions blended with the contention of demonstrating it’s all music for people with soul.