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Winner 2008 Toronto Online Magazine Awards for:
"Best International Pop CD/Album"
& "Best International Female Artist."
"Rare, stunning, transcending; Joy Adler is an extraordinary vocalist who sings from the depths of her being and risks revealing it to the world to create one-of-a-kind concert experiences." -Author Brenda Stinson
"Experience the sound of ceremonial singing creating a healing sanctuary held by
the voice of a spiritual healer..." -Author Jackie Hufnail
Although Joy first began singing music in church as a child, because of the power and range of her voice, she began her career as a rock singer. She specialized in bringing her own interpretation to songs by Led Zeppelin, Journey, The Cult, Jimi Hendrix, Elton John, Heart, Bad Company, Thin Lizzy and the like.
Later she perfected her stage performing and stretched herself vocally by singing R&B as well as lighter musical influences like pop and jazz on the stages of Atlantic City. Joy appreciated the experience she gained from performing at this level, but longed to get back to her passion, songwriting and original music.
Her voice has been called "soulful", yet she has an astonishing ability to sing almost any musical genre. Her own songs were created with unique honesty and frankness. The depth of her writing combined with her rich voice and expansive delivery rapidly moved Joy into a space of musical connection that could transport an audience.
In 1994 the healing professions fully entered her life as Joy was certified as a Pastoral Counselor and Hypnotherapist.
She then studied shamanism for 4 years with a Lakota Elder in New Mexico, Jane Wynote, Night Eagle-of the Mic Mac Nation in PA; and Grandmother Twylah of the Seneca Nation, in NY. Additional certifications in other traditions followed, grounding and blessing her with a multi-modality healing background that integrated solidly with her musical gifts. After graduating from the Barbara Brennan School of Healing, Joy was presented with a grant from The Rebellious Dreamer Foundation in 1999. This grant is given to women of exceptional talent and provides them with mentoring and financial support. She used this award to produce her CD of critically acclaimed original material, aptly named; Rebellious Dreamer. As Joy continued to hit her stride as a sound healer, she uplifted audiences with her original songs played by her own group of talented musicians known as "The Souls of Evolution". She also performed as lead singer and lyricist of “The Patricia White Buffalo and the Heaven on Earth Ensemble” world healing events.
Regarding Joy’s gift of healing with sound, Patricia White Buffalo has said:
“Joy is gifted with the ability to channel blazing light and power through her voice that touches the root of your soul and calls it forth”.
Joy has performed on stages all over the world. She has supported, mentored and trained thousands of people through her writings, radio and cable television programs, educational lectures and seminars, and spiritual music concerts for a new era of consciousness. She has become an award-winning singer/songwriter and sound healer who integrates her experience with holistic health into “Music for Healing.” In 2011, Joy was honored by a request to sing in ceremony at Damanhur.org in their Temples of Humankind to welcome in the New Year. And in 2012-14, Joy was honored when she was asked to sing for the Hindu Saint, Sai Maa. This year Joy will be in NYC recording with Rock Icon, Brad Roberts, lead singer and songwriter of Crash Test Dummies for his new album of Tantric Mantras and Chants. They’ll record with Producer Terry Derkach for VRTCL Entertainment.
In addition to occasionally performing and recording with other artists, Joy has been writing music for film and television. She enjoys marrying music with visual tapestries to move the viewer to new planes of awareness within themselves. Joy leads her own workshop series, master classes and programs called: “Exercises in Profound Gratitude. A Journey to your Spiritual Path in the World,” and “Advanced Apprenticeship, Master Healing Class, Psychology of the Body”. Her future will, of course, include more tours, singing kirtan and creating additional “Musical Healing Events.”
May Joy’s Song find you and bless you with the gift of healing one day.
A recent 4-star review of her 2008 release "Postcards" sums up her multi-genre style: "The opening slice, "By Your Side," is propelled by guitars that suggest the influence of country music or Americana. It is rootsy pop with a solid vocal performance that is sweet but not as sugary as you'd hear from today's Nashville populace. "Prayer" turns the page immediately after it, letting Mike Steiner's fiery blues riffs loose while Adler's voice soars through the clouds. "Our Rapture," on the other hand, is a delicate piano piece reminiscent of Tori Amos (minus the personal issues) and Norah Jones.