Live Music :: Melinda Joy
Sensual. Intuitive. Intellectual. Spiritual. Melinda Joy is a singer-songwriter/bass player whose songs interweave poetic lyrics (many originally written as stand-alone poems) with bass and melody lines that draw from a variety of genres. Born in D.C., she grew up in the Midwest and has lived in New York City, San Francisco, North Carolina, Philadelphia, and New Orleans before migrating to Austin, TX, after Hurricane Katrina in 2005. She recorded and released her debut CD, Unbound, in New Orleans during the summer of 2004 and toured extensively with her former band, M.J. Baby & The Last Word. Listen to clips of the CD and check out what fans are saying at CD Baby.
Her current band, Melinda Joy and The Beautiful Illusion is a soulful, jazzy rock trio featuring MJ on bass and vocals, as well as Michael Walker on guitar and Michelle Schreiber on drums.
Melinda was also a founding member of with the Austin-based bands Green-Eyed Cat and Girl at the Window. Green-Eyed Cat was a collaborative venture with songstress Kim Llewellyn, the inimitable J.T. Martin (of Chasca), and drummer Johnny Gasyna. It's a night at the cabaret, a traveling vaudeville act, and a jazzy romp, featuring piano, bass, percussion, and tight, three-part harmonies. Girl at the Window featured the lush vocal stylings and songwriting chops of MJ, Kim Llewellyn, and Kaia Tingley.