Joy Zimmerman, a folk and acoustic roots singer/songwriter, explores the everyday and the extraordinary with a captivating voice. Her songs resonate with humor, triumph and humanity. Joy’s seventh studio album, The Canvas Before Us, is an acoustic reinvention. Released in August 2021, her album debuted at #8 on the FAI Folk Chart.


This year's Her Art/Their Art Exhibition (March/April 2022) is a collaboration between the InterUrban ArtHouse, the UMKC Women's Center, and Joy Zimmerman Music. Joy will be sharing music and stories in a Women Who Walked on Water concert with cellist Christine Broxterman on March 24th at 7pm CDT. All proceeds benefit Together Women Rise with its focus on global gender equality. For tickets; Click here 

Joy is also coordinating a special portrait project in during the Her Art/Their Art exhibition. In conjunction with a grant from the Midwest Arts Alliance, local female-identifying and non-binary femme artists will be selected to create an original portrait of one of the women in Joy's song, Women Who Walked on Water.

The Canvas Before Us - New Release

Joy Zimmerman’s soulful vocals and thought-provoking lyrics light up her new folk & acoustic roots album, The Canvas Before Us. Listeners will hear echoes of their own journeys in Joy’s songs of hope, heartache and resilience. Rich acoustic instrumentation and lyrical songwriting coalesce in all fourteen songs. With splashes of social commentary and humor, Joy’s new album invites the question: What story will the canvas of our lives tell?

"Joy Zimmerman has taken her music to a new level on "The Canvas Before Us," which not only showcases her lovely voice but also an array of new songs speaking eloquently and emotionally to the human condition. Am greatly looking forward to playing these songs on Kansas Public Radio's Trail Mix."  ~Bob McWilliams, host, Trail Mix on Kansas Public Radio 

“The Canvas Before Us” is a lyrical gift from a kind, thoughtful and fully formed artist. The tableau set for each song is complemented with superb instrumentation; each cut has a stringed “star.” It is apparent from Joy’s work on this album she is well read, a student of history and the human condition. Her voice is crystal clear. The words indicate her “antenna” was up and she is now ready to broadcast these songs that paint beautiful sonic pictures."  ~Diana Linn Ennis, DJ/Podcaster of Tasty Brew Music and Co-Founder/Director of Heartland Song Network, Inc.                                                         

What's Up Wednesday

During these challenging times, I thought it'd be great to stay connected each week. Join me for What's Up Wednesday for a song and an invitation!”