Michael Joy


Michael Joy hails from the East Coast, where he fronted a few groups before migrating to the West. He's settled in Berkeley, a suitable spot for his easy mannered Americana, which is enriched with a glow of '70s era singer/songwriter charm. He is, at the core, a folk artist, but with a pop heart. And a Zen-like sense of warmth and wonder that imbues his subtle, yet crafty, material. Emmy nominated songwriter/producer Benjamin Birkbeck describes his songs and sounds as a mix of Dylan, Traveling Wilburys, Beatles, and Cowboy Junkies with a modern alternative western rock edge. (Rivulet Music)(Miles Of Music Review August 06) From the first listen of track one, To Climb, from Michael Joy's River Of Days(Rivulet Music) one feels to be with a very dear friend. This is a confident debut of the east coast Joy, that moved to the west coast, and now is living in Berkeley, California. Michael Joy has fashioned a fairly diverse and arresting mix of contemporary singer-songwriter pop, and seventies americana. These eleven songs are as catchy as hell! Fine laid back guitar lines and a beautiful groomed arrangement of each song.... Stand out songs are Night Flight Over Water, Bakersfield, Mark Twain, and Better Men Than You. This subtle CD, with certainly commercial (positively meant) aspirations has much to offer. Considering the potency of the songwriting, I expect in the future Michael Joy will find himself being courted by numerous record labels. Meanwhile, there's much here to enjoy o...

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