…Then Joy started to sing. By her second
song, I had become vaguely aware that I was sitting on the grass with my
arms folded like Simon Cowell, transfixed by the velvet but keenly edged
voice of this phenomenal talent, as she pierced every memory in the
range of human emotion. From smoky lounge singer, to angry Alannis
Morissette, to hard rock Led Zeppelin to full blown soprano, this girl had
enormous range and charisma to burn. Yet her playful demeanor, total lack
of ego and genuine happiness at having the chance to share her gifts
with an audience, made me recall Shakespeare once again and the line,
“What is in a name? That which we call a rose.” Joy, indeed.
Joy T Barnum graduated from Bermuda Institute and attended Oakwood College where she completed a B.M. in Vocal Performance/Pedagogy with Ginger Beasley.
She has performed with Kathleen Battle and the Aeolians as well as a rock band in Huntsville Alabama and now with The Channel in Bermuda. After placing in the first Bermuda Idol sponsored by Hott 107.5 Ms. Barnum enjoyed a night of Jazz with Adlev Entertainment and the Toni Barry Quartet and with the Toni Bari Quartet for the Fame Reunion.
She has opened for Yolanda Adams, Seal, and Smokey Norful and was privileged to open for Patti La Belle during Bermuda’s 2005 Music Festival.
Joy has participated with Mathew Joseph and Friends at the Bermuda School of Music’s Annual Guitar Festival and was invited to share the stage with the Greenrock sponsored Heather Nova and Friends Music Festival with her band and Ms. Nova.
Performances also include making music for charitable events such as with Gary Burgess for Bermuda School of Music’s Suzuki Violin “Tsunami Relief Concert”, with Milton Repose for the United World College Benefit Concert, soloed for the “Spring into the Arts” production hosted by schools within the Department of Education, with The Channel for the Philippine Independence Day and The Center’s Annual street Festival.
The Channel has performed for BEST, Harbour Nights in Dockyard and Front Street, Bank of Bermuda, Bank of Butterfield, and most recently for the Department of Tourism’s Moonlight Movie Series to which a DVD was born titled Joy T Barnum and The Channel and is available at filmbaby.com.
Joy T. Barnum won the 2006 Underground Music Awards Best Female Vocalist category and went on to perform for the show, the 2007 show and graciously host the 2008 show while opening the night with The Channel.
She was nominated in the Cellular One Roc the Mic competition. A stripped down performance with Michael McPhee of The Channel at Chewstick can also be seen by thousands on Youtube.com. The band and more can be accessed at myspace.com/joytbarnum.