Joyce Cooling’s been off the smooth jazz radar for a while. Her last album, Global Cooling, was released in 2009, and since then she’s been quiet. I got an email from her (probably her publicity department) yesterday, announcing that “she’s back!” and has a new website and a new EP that’s scheduled to come out in September. I couldn’t be happier.
I first heard of Joyce when I was in Borders Books & Music (remember them?) and looking at a display of New Releases, when I came across a CD (remember them?) with a picture of an attractive woman playing guitar on the cover. The album was Joyce’s fifth album, 2004’s This Girl’s Got To Play. I just had a feeling that I would really enjoy her guitar playing and the music that was contained on the album, so I bought it and brought it home. And, when I heard “Expression,” the first track, I was in love. Well, that might be exaggerating, but only a little.
Joyce’s next album was 2006’s Revolving Door. She made a video to go along with “Cool Of The Night,” one of the more popular tracks on the album.
Joyce and her producer/collaborator/keyboardist, Jay Wagner, are based in San Francisco. Together they opened The Rhythm Kitchen, their “their brand new music production space dedicated to recording, performing, and lots more.” She has been a national advocate for mental health organizations such as NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) since 2006. I’m looking forward to the release of Living Out Loud, her new EP, on September 20. You can sign up to receive updates from her on her website, follow her on Facebook, and listen to her on YouTube, Spotify, Amazon Music and iTunes.
Joyce Cooling, your Two for Tuesday, June 11, 2019.