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Joy Williams
     

Joy Williams

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by Joy Williams
 
Another bouncy teen with pop diva aspirations? Newcomer Joy Williams certainly fits the mold: Her self-titled debut shows off powerful vocals, a slick pop production, radio-ready songs, and a 40-megawatt smile. But give this young singer a closer look. Williams first came to our attention on the Left Behind soundtrack, where her song "I Believe in You" stood

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Another bouncy teen with pop diva aspirations? Newcomer Joy Williams certainly fits the mold: Her self-titled debut shows off powerful vocals, a slick pop production, radio-ready songs, and a 40-megawatt smile. But give this young singer a closer look. Williams first came to our attention on the Left Behind soundtrack, where her song "I Believe in You" stood out as a refreshing testimony on what was largely a rehash of Christian music hits. "I Believe in You" reappears here, and is given new life as a tender and evocative moment on an album of infectious dance-pop. Vocally, Williams proves she has a sense of nuance -- even on up-tempo numbers like "It's All Good" and "No Less," both of which in the wrong hands could easily be turned into sugary ear candy. Williams instinctively puts the emphasis on these songs' meatier elements, demonstrating that this is an artist of substance. We've seen plenty of teen popsters come our way in the past year, but Williams is something different -- a teen singer with maturity. Joy to the world, indeed.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jonathan Widran
Much of contemporary Christian music these days bears the stamp of its Top 40 counterpart, only with lyrics aimed upward rather than inward. Dan Muckala's Max Martin-like approach to "No Less" and "Serious" on this solid debut is proof of this trend. Ditto Dennis Patton's crazy stuff on "Second Nature." All good songs, but the one drawback to this is that the sonics often get in the way of the CCM singers, who tend to have a little more to offer vocally than Britney Spears. Count the 18-year-old Williams -- almost as cute as Spears, if less obviously so -- as yet another strong, young Amy Grant heir apparent in an increasingly crowded field. Her vocals are strong enough to survive the technical intensity of most of these tunes, which is important because her messages, simple though they are, convey the essence of faith and moral living to young, impressionable listeners. You have to wait until track ten to hear Williams' true plaintive ability to communicate to both her listeners and Jesus. "Do They See Jesus in Me" is a gorgeous ballad that lets us know Williams can easily survive with little more than a piano and a desire to communicate the Gospel. Her handlers would be well-advised to let this shine even brighter in the future.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/07/2001
Label:
Reunion
UPC:
0602341000024
catalogNumber:
10000

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Performance Credits

Joy Williams   Primary Artist
Dave Cleveland   Electric Guitar
Tom Howard   Piano
Tim Pierce   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Peter Penrose   Background Vocals
Chris Graffagnino   Guitar
Stephen Leiweke   Guitar
Alex Nifong   Guitar
Mark Hill   Bass Guitar
Ken Lewis   Percussion
Rob Graves   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Richie Biggs   Engineer
Bill Deaton   Engineer
Lynn Fuston   Engineer
Dennis Patton   Arranger,Programming,Producer
Dan Muckala   Producer
George King   Executive Producer
Danny Mann   Executive Producer
Dean Diehl   Executive Producer
Tim Parker   Art Direction

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Joy Williams 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I first heard Joy Williams when she was touring with Point of Grace a couple years back and thought she was an amazing singer! Powerful lyrics, strong vocals and fun beats blend together in this totally awesome CD. I am eagerly awaiting her second release! :o)
Guest More than 1 year ago
You can actually hear that the music is christian (lyrically) She sings incredibly and she's great in concert!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is Molly typing but Kelsey agrees with me whole heartedly. (she's my bf) This is the best CD by Joy Williams!!!!!!!!! Totally divine. Our two faveorite songs are "Second Nature" and "Better Than I" If you don't like them then please give them a second chance. Molly & Kelsey
Guest More than 1 year ago
Joy sings about things that are important in life and not about cars and money she tells everyone about the real love that christ has to offer
Guest More than 1 year ago
When I first heard her music I knew right then I had to have the CD. I was hooked on it. It is so amazing!!! I hope everyone thinks so. From the reviews so far it looks like everyone feels the way I do.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago