Joy Ike's show went very smoothly on Friday and we were so glad to have her on campus! She is a very talented musician and I enjoyed working with her. We had the best attendance, which was awesome. I also loved that she was interactive with the audience and everyone was enjoying themselves. I look forward to hopefully working with you again as well. Hope you have a great week! Allison Kuzora, Behrend Night Club Chair, Penn State University, Erie, PA
Joy was SUPER. We had 2 great master classes in the morning. She shared her story and sang. She really connected with the students, male and female; black, brown and white. We had about 75 in each of the 2 morning sessions and about 275 or so for the evening concert. One big burly white male came up after the evening concert to get her autograph and have a selfie made with Joy. He was tearing up, about to cry. He just really felt something click with her music! There were others, but that one even surprised me. SO, we were very pleased. - Mary Wadley, International Programs Director, Jackson State Community College, Jackson, TN
Joy did a phenomenal job! We had about 170 people attend the event and she was very flexible with our start time and really played well to the audience. Thanks again for working with us! - Emily Briggs, Grad Assistant, Western Michigan University – Kalamazoo, MI
Joy's performance went over great! We had a nice turn out and the audience like her a lot. After the show she had a good number stay after and want to talk to her, which we do not always have. It was nice to work with you and thanks for helping get Joy Ike to come out here. Thanks, Tanner Wagoner, SUB Performing Arts Director, Missouri University of Science & Technology – Rolla, MO
It was great! Students loved her, the set was amazing, it was great. I know she had some struggles with her hotel room, and I am SO sorry. She was very accommodating about it, but I still feel terrible. - Alex Carlson, Coordinator of Campus Life, Illinois Institute of Technology – Chicago, IL
Joy can do classroom presentations.
Faith & Art
• Going after your dreams
• Sharing your talents
• Sharing your art outside of the church context
• Talking about the ’’real’’ things (this would be a discussion about what CCM music has done to our culture when we keep music and art too ’’safe’’)
• The intersection of faith & culture. How do they meet?
She could also work in a music portion, kind of a show and teach.
Joy is also comfortable with a school asking me to focusing on a specific biblical passage and talking about that...especially if it can somehow relate it to the arts.
1. The Experiences of a 3rd Culture Kid
"Third culture kid" is a terms used to refer to children raised in a culture other than their parents' for a significant part of their early development years. They are exposed to a greater variety of cultural influences. Joy will speak on her experience growing up in this "divide" and discuss how she navigated her upbringing and artistic endeavors through the worldview of a "third culture kid".
2. Music as Vocation
Joy will discuss art, not just as a creative outlet, but as a calling. She shares her journey in finding her voice despite cultural and familial pressures to follow more tradition career paths. She will also talk about how she has used her cultural influences to navigate the music industry and carve out a path for herself as an artist that cannot be boxed in.