Passionate… Personal… Engaging… Life-Affirming… Joy Katzen-Guthrie's vibrant music and one-of-a-kind performances inspire and uplift with a message of insight, life experience, and worldwide unity and harmony from generation to generation. Professional composer/lyricist, pianist, and vocalist for twenty-nine years and Cantorial Soloist since 1990, Joy uniquely weaves history and storytelling with traditional, contemporary, and original songs from pop, stage, film, and world genres that celebrate the human spirit. From The Tampa Tribune: "The music here is full of personal revelation and celebratory wonder, but it is refreshingly happy in its absolutes." Hold it, a happy album? When was the last time you heard one of those? Free of angst, minus preachy platitudes, Katzen-Guthrie manages what so few singers do — to make you feel hopeful without being weighed down by sickly sentiment.
Joy has developed her music to be both an inner retreat and an outer celebration. From around the world, those who have heard her in recording and concert have described the many ways in which her music has been beneficial in their lives, a portal to healing and creativity, joy, awakening and self-realization, support and renewal. A Memphis, Tennessee native, she has made her home in the Tampa Bay area since 1981. Concerts and recordings combine skills as soloist and band leader, guest lecturer and teacher, Cantorial Soloist, Unity Music Director, and contemporary new age, folk, stage, pop, and spiritual composer/lyricist. In congregation, concert hall, classroom, and in fourteen published recordings, Joy melds a repertoire of thousands of compositions with musical history, uplifting stories, insightful memories and sing-along ... touching the mind and heart and truly bringing joy.