James Keogh (born 1 December 1987), better known as Vance Joy, is an Australian singer-songwriter. Joy signed a five-album deal with Atlantic Records in 2013. He released his debut EP God Loves You When You're Dancing in March 2013. His song "Riptide" was voted number 1 on the 2013 Triple J Hottest 100. Joy released his debut studio album Dream Your Life Away on 5 September 2014 in Australia and on 9 September 2014 elsewhere.
In 2008 and 2009, Joy played for the Coburg Football Club in the Victorian Football League (VFL), winning their best first year player award in 2008. He eventually gave up football to pursue a music career.
Joy graduated from St Kevin's College, as well as Monash University with a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws.
On 21 January 2013, Joy released his debut single "From Afar". On 22 March 2013, he released his debut EP God Loves You When You're Dancing. The single "Riptide" became a success on Australian commercial radio, peaking at number 6 on the ARIA Singles Chart and being certified triple platinum by the Australian Record Industry Association (ARIA).
The music video was directed by Dimitri Basil. The song also features in a GoPro TV advertising campaign in the US. The song "Riptide" was inspired by a motel Joy visited as a kid". As a child, I used to go on family holidays down the coast of Australia," Joy told the Brand Alley blog. "While we were there, we would stay at this motel called Riptide. So that's where that part of the idea came from."
Speaking in an interview with Soundcheck in January 2014, Joy talked about how he thinks the album will sound, saying "I think there’s always a bit of variety with my songwriting, so probably the EP is a good reflection of what the rest of the album will be like. It’s all different songs, I guess, but all tied together in a way." Joy said in an interview with Triple J about his stage name, "I was going through a Peter Carey phase and reading a lot of his books. There's a book called Bliss. The main character's name is Harry Joy and his grandfather is Vance Joy. He's the storyteller and a crazy old man. Plus, I thought it was a cool name."
On 15 July 2014, Joy announced the title of his debut album, Dream Your Life Away, which was released on 5 September 2014 in Australia, 9 September 2014 in the United States, and 15 September 2014 elsewhere. In July 2014, he released "Mess Is Mine" as the third overall single from the album, and the song peaked at number 37 in Australia.
Vance will perform his debut album live from 5 September 2014 onward, starting in Melbourne and then worldwide. On 7 September 2014, Joy released "First Time" as the fourth single from the album in the United Kingdom.
Joy also announced a major US tour that occurred during October and November, and was called the "Dream Your Life Away Tour"—the tour started on 17 October in Dallas, Texas.
Joy was announced as the support act for Taylor Swift's The 1989 World Tour on 3 November 2014—he will appear on the North American dates. Swift performed a rendition of "Riptide" on 9 October 2014 for the BBC's 'Live Lounge' segment.
On 9 November 2014, he performed "Riptide" at the 2014 MTV Europe Music Awards in Glasgow, Scotland, during the Digital show, at the O2 Academy Glasgow.
"Riptide" has become one of the most added songs of 2015, landing at number 29 on the Billboard Pop Songs chart.
In early 2015, it was announced that Vance Joy would perform at the Boston Calling Music Festival in May 2015.
On 5 February 2015, it was announced that Vance Joy would perform as the headliner for the University of Nebraska–Lincoln Spring Concert at the Pinnacle Bank Arena on 23 April.
On 13 May 2015, he performed "Riptide" in a duet featuring Quentin Alexander live to a standing ovation at the Dolby Theater during the season 14 finale of American Idol. Speaking to Rolling Stone, Joy revealed that he began writing "Georgia" in 2006, then sat on it until he figured out the words and melody. On 16 June 2015, Joy released "Great Summer", a single from the soundtrack for Paper Towns. At the ARIA Music Awards of 2015 he won the Best Male Artist category for Dream Your Life Away, with six further nominations.
In an interview Joy revealed that he began his start in music by playing covers of songs. "I would play Green Day's 'Time Of My Life' and sing silly lyrics over it. I guess that was my first creative stab at music," he laughs, adding that he soon realised the tracks he was penning were "crap". He was inspired by musicians like Bob Dylan and George Harrison. Vance's style can be categorized as an "easy listen". He sings with a soft tone, and typically has no technical enhancements in the background. His genre can be considered "folk" or "acoustic-based".
Dream Your Life Away (2014)
Nation of Two (2018)
Sources: Last.fm, Wikipedia
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