Born to Nigerian immigrants, Philadelphia-based independent artist Joy Ike’s music, voice, and writing have drawn comparisons to female musicians such as Corinne Bailey Rae, Regina Spektor, Norah Jones, and Fiona Apple.
But her percussive piano-playing and soaring vocals give homage to her African upbringing. Leaving her career as a publicist in 2008, Ike has since played thousands of shows across the Northeast, Midwest, and South. She has had the opportunity to share the stage and open for Allen Toussaint, Cody Chestnutt, Tyrone Wells, Najee, Jeffrey Gaines, Butterfly Boucher, and Serena Ryder to name a few. A write-up on NPR’s All Things Considered says “The depth of subjects she tackles in her poetic lyrics are perfectly complemented by a unique blend of neo-soul, with just the right dash of pop…a truly compelling act to watch in person, with the ability to create an intimate setting in locations big and small.”