“My love for music is so unconditional that it's almost like a family member to me,” begins Joy Crookes, who’s releases throughout 2017 have provided some of the year’s most distinctive new tunes. “Making my own feels like the most natural thing in world.”
When you hear the astonishing music this 19-year-old, south London-based singer songwriter is preparing to unleash you’ll have to agree. Joy’s bold visual aesthetic, powerful lyrics and sophisticated modern pop sound are proof of this striking new talent’s deep and longstanding obsession with music. It’s an obsession rooted in an incredibly eclectic musical upbringing. Some of her favourite artists, for instance, include Massive Attack, Black Uhuru and Young Marble Giants — the result of weekly central London shopping trips with her dad. They’d head to the massive HMV on Oxford Street, where her first stop was always the Trojan Records rack, before crossing the road and heading down Berwick Street to see what the independent shops had on offer. “When I wasn't buying music for myself I'd be buying it for my friends,” she says today. “I love and dedicate myself to music even when I'm not making it. I feel like your musical knowledge is your colour palette. If you're Monet you need a lot of colours to make your masterpiece.”
Crookes released her debut EP ‘Influence’ on the 21st July, followed by a sold out debut headline show at Corsica Studios promoted by Live Nation.
The EP followed the release of lead single ‘Bad Feeling’ which premiered on Wonderland and was featured by Notion and Fault. The track has received several plays from MistaJam and Jamz Supernova on BBC 1 Xtra and was featured on Apple Music’s Best of the Week. Joy’s monthly listeners on Spotify are now at 75K + with her tracks currently amassing on average 150K plays.
Throughout 2017 Joy has excelled in the live arena. After warming up the year with appearances at Live at Leeds, Bushstock, and LN Source, Joy sold out her first ever headline show at Corsica Studios in support of her EP release. Joy has gone on to support Sinead Harnett, Curtis Harding and will be joining the formidable Jacob Banks on his Europe and UK tour this Autumn/Winter. Joy has also been announced as part of the First Fifty for The Great Escape Festival 2018 and will be playing a First Fifty showcase gig at The Old Blue last on the 23rd November.