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Music has been in Joel’s blood since the day he was born, on Christmas day. Joel would become the only son in a family with four daughters. His mother, a school teacher specializing in music, who has now become a pastor, and his father, a retired Command Sergeant Major in the US Army, instilled the importance of hard work, drive, and dedication into their son at a young age. By the age of four, Joel was already performing gospel music in church. By the age of ten, he was writing songs, and by fifteen, he Joel was playing in local country bands around his small hometown of Van Wert, Ohio. Immediately, his remarkable talent and captivating stage presence began gaining attention and he quickly found himself opening for acts such as Neal McCoy, Chris Ledoux, Diamond Rio, and Kenny Chesney.
With a solid background, supportive family, and a commitment to his music, Joel moved to Nashville in June of 1999, to further develop his abilities and to follow his dream. Since then, he has performed his unique musical style of “country soul” around Nashville in the world famous clubs, at events including “Fan Fair”, the world famous “Wildhorse Saloon”, as well as various events and festivals around the country. Joel has even found himself writing with country artists Michael Peterson, Jerrod Niemann, and multiple award winning songwriter, Pat Alger.
The combination of his strong, grounded, family background, and his wide range of musical influences, give him a very relatable and genuine sound. This directly reflects him as a person. His musical influences include, The Blackwood Brothers, Elvis Presley, Joe Diffie, Garth Brooks, Billy Joel, Steve Wariner, Brad Paisley, Blake Shelton, Huey Lewis, ZZ-Top, Michael Buble’, and Harry Connick Jr., just to name a few.
There are many things Joel would like to achieve in his life, but one of the most important to him is making an impact through his music. “Whether it’s making someone laugh when they don’t feel they can, making someone cry when they have been holding it in, or making someone think when they hadn’t done so in a while; I want to make a difference with my music.”
Joel Fry has shared the stage with the following artists:
Kenny Chesney, Jason Aldean, Jerrod Niemann, Big & Rich, Keith Anderson, Neil McCoy, Chris Ledoux, Diamond Rio, Aaron Tippin, Sammy Kershaw, Jeff Bates, Michael Peterson, Collin Raye, Ty Herndon, Confederate Railroad, Lorrie Morgan.
Joel Fry Fun Facts
Joel had his first “cut” by another country artist when Ronnie McDowell and T. Graham Brown recorded “Shame On Me”, a song written by Joel Fry and Mark Peters.
Joel has been hired to sing for demos by many songwriters, including multi hit, and award winning songwriters Jon Vezner, Jerry Vandiver, Randy Goodrum, and legendary singer/songwriter, Michael McDonald.
Joel has written with many great songwriters, including hit and award winning songwriters like Pat Alger, Rick Tiger, Mark Peters, John Foster, Tim Gates of “Due West”, Michael Peterson, and Jerrod Niemann.
-Has performed multiple times at Fan Fair/CMA Music Fest , Nashville, Tennessee
-Has been asked to perform 2 different times at “SeaWorld Orlando” in Orlando, Florida
-Has performed several fairs and festivals including:
The “Heart of Illinois Fair” in Peoria, Illinois
“Danvers Days” in Danvers/Bloomington, Illinois
- Performed at the “Christmas Showcase” on the stage of the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tennessee.
-Has performed multiple times at “Country Concert in the Hills” in Ft. Laromie, Ohio.
- Performed in Baton Rouge, Louisiana for Opryland Productions’ Christmas Show.
- Performed in Clearlake, Iowa for Opryland Productions’ Christmas Show.
-Has performed many historic places in Nashville, TN including:
“The Broken Spoke”
“Gibson Guitar Café”
-Has performed at the world famous “Wildhorse Saloon” in Nashville, TN
Websites and Links:
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