With the recent release of her new EP on March 5, Between Our Words, Laura Joy, is reveling in the critical acclaim of her recent effort. Chicago-based, she frequently plays the Midwest, festivals, and regional showcases, as well as contests and showcases. AXS chatted with Laura about her new EP and why she loves music, in addition to how music shapes her relationships and life overall. Discover more interesting intrigue about Laura:
Specifically, what is it about music that draws you to create it?
Laura Joy: Music is a language understood and felt by everyone. Music helps people. It gives them hope, energy, or support. Plus, it's super fun and darned magical!
What was your first introduction to music, and when was the time you knew you'd be a part of it?
Joy: My parents listened to a lot of music and encouraged me to do so as well growing up. I always loved singing. In third grade, I was in my first choir. That's when things got real.
Where did the title of your new album, Between Our Words, come from? Did the creation of the album influence the album's title?
Joy: "Between Our Words” is track three on the album. A lot can happen between words, can't it? Music... thoughts... action...
How has music changed your life, and shaped your relationships with family and/or friends?
Joy: Music has brought an endless supply of fascinating, inspiring, creative people into my life. I wouldn't have it any other way. My family has always been supportive of my musical pursuits.
You perform 50 shows a year; why only 50, and do you want to eventually pursue more?
Laura Joy: I say 50 because that's what I've averaged the last 3 years. I've only been a full time musician for a year and a half. That average is going up exponentially since it's now my job. This year, I've already booked 30 shows and it's only April. I could handle upwards of 200 shows per year.
Get to know Laura on a personal level:
Do you have a favorite television show?
Joy: Right now? Bob's Burgers and Louie.
Who was your first concert, and do you have a favorite one?
Joy: I actually don't remember what my first concert was...maybe Alanis Morissette and Garbage as a kid? '90s-tastic!
Favorite show thus far was Ramblin' Jack Elliot here in Chicago last fall. Really a "living legend" moment. Just awesome. His stories and his music were amazing.
What was your first album on vinyl, cassette, and/or CD?
Joy: My first cassette was probably a medley of classical music my mom put together for me. My first CD was Alanis Morissette's Jagged Little Pill (also see, "first concert"...)
What are the top five albums or artists that you wouldn't want to live without?
Joy: Miles Davis, Dolly Parton, Joni Mitchell, Jackson Browne [and] Tom Petty.
Do you have an interesting fact that your fans would be curious to know about?
Joy: I have a banjo, but I never play it. You're welcome.