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The Joys Of Joy Mumford And Band

Updated on March 4, 2013
The Real Miss Mumford
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I decided to check out a cover of Foster The People's "I Would Do Anything For You" and came across the bright and folksy sound of Joy Mumford in her cover of the song. She has a unique voice that is simultaneously light, soulful, and effortless. Just one listen to the aforementioned cover hooked me but I quickly found there are more gems to be heard from Joy. It has been a while since I've heard a voice like Joy's and it's always fun to hear someone different and new.

Luckily for me, Joy was game for a few questions from a complete stranger across the Atlantic. I found out that one of Joy's first experiences with music was learning classical piano at the age of 7. She also has two older sisters that enjoyed listening to music most of the time. The music choices of her sisters rubbed also rubbed of on Joy and she continued taking piano lessons for about 10 years. It was through her experience with piano that Joy soon learned she could create her own lyrics and melodies similar to the artists that she grew up listening to.

It was during high school that Joy began teaching herself how to play the guitar and it has become her favorite instrument to use when writing songs and playing gigs. Joy is now teaching herself how to play the banjo and she occasionally plays the glockenspiel "to add something quirky to a song I'm recording." Her entire family enjoys music but no one else in her family plays instruments. Her mom also enjoys writing songs and plays a lot of music at home. When asked what fascinates her about music, she said it was music's effect on her. Joy said that a song had the power to make her want to dance, feel sad, or feel happy. This is definitely something that many music lovers can relate to.

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When asked which of the songs she has written is her favorite, she said one of her favorite songs is called “Lullabies And Candy Don’t Do It No More.” Joy says "it was the first original song I put on YouTube which involved other people singing harmonies for me. I’d imagined how I wanted it to sound for so long, and it was really nice to see how adding other voices made it come to life. I think music should be fun to listen to whilst being meaningful, and most people have mentioned how the quirky lyrics and upbeat melody are good for putting them in a good mood! I think it was the song that made me realize what I wanted to write about and sound like in the future."

In speaking about upcoming performances, goals and projects, Joy said "previously I had mainly performed on my own with an acoustic guitar, but I’ve recently got a backing band which has been really exciting for me! A majority of my gigs this year will be with my band, so you can expect a similar but fuller sound to my music. We also put our first cover as a band up on YouTube the other week, so hopefully we will keep on doing that on the side too. I will also be releasing my first EP around May/June time which will have some original tracks from my YouTube account, plus some new ones, so keep a look out for that! Overall I just want to keep on writing positive music, that people can relate to, share, and enjoy."

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When asked when she realized that other people enjoyed hearing what she had to express through her voice and through music, Joy said "I entered a school talent show at when I was around 12 years old, and played 1000 miles by Vanessa Carlton. This was one of the first times anyone (including my parents) had heard me sing. Being young, all the positive feedback really encouraged me to keep going. I sang in choirs and joined a band which played at my church youth group of around 250+ people every week. I then started my YouTube channel in 2010 and began posting covers and original music I had written every week."

"I never thought I was the most talented or greatest singer, but I always knew that I loved music and I always wanted it to play a big part in my future. Knowing that people online actually enjoyed listening to me play, and having a strong church family, and friend support really gave me the confidence to believe that I could actually pursue it as a career."

Please see the gems below (and on her YouTube channel) such as Cake and Tea (my absolute favorite of her originals) and Joy Mumford and band with their cover of Wannabe/No Scrubs on YouTube.

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Cake & Tea Joy Mumford [Cake & Tea Acoustic sessions]

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      H C Palting 4 years ago from East Coast

      Thanks for stopping by. I just love her voice and now with the band things are even better.

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      Tammy 4 years ago from North Carolina

      I will definatley check her out. I am always on the lookout for new music. Awesome!

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      H C Palting 4 years ago from East Coast

      Thanks for reading and listening. I just like their sound and wanted to share.

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      Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

      it took sometime for the videos to kick up but it finally did and yeah first time listener and i liked it...:)