Joy's music is vivid and alive, tender and poignant, and altogether a gift for the listener."                                                   ~ Caryn Mirriam Goldberg, former Kansas Poet Laureate

Joy Zimmerman is a folk & acoustic roots singer-songwriter with a soulful voice and thought-provoking lyrics that light up her music. You hear echoes of your own journey in Joy's songs of hope, resilience and humor.


At home on guitar and violin, Joy's bound to add a fiddle tune or two along the way. Joy's most recent album, The Canvas Before Us, debuted at #8 Top Album on the Folk Alliance International Folk Chart. 


Born on Shakespeare’s 400th birthday, it’s no wonder Joy is a natural writer. Her songwriting has been recognized nationally with an American Songwriter Lyric Contest Honorable Mention and ten Walnut Valley Festival NewSong Showcase wins. Her music has been described as “vivid and alive, tender and poignant, and altogether a gift for the listener.” (Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg, Kansas Poet Laureate Emeritus)


You might say Joy’s emergence as a dynamic singer-songwriter is surprising. She didn’t pick up a guitar, sing a solo or write her first song until mid-life. But all the elements were there…a voice of honey waiting to be discovered, insights to write about for days, and a lifelong love of music beginning with  a request for violin lessons before kindergarten.


A touring musician based in Kansas City, Joy’s performances are engaging, thought-provoking and full of opportunities to laugh and reflect. She leaves you wishing you had heard her sooner and trying to figure out how to be her friend. 


Joy recorded her most recent album at Inside-Out Studio in Sparta, Illinois. Her previous studio albums were recorded at Weights and Measures Soundlab in Kansas City and Azalea Studios in Nashville. Her live album was recorded at Knuckleheads and Weights and Measures Soundlab.


"Cultivate Joy” and “Amplify Hope” logos adorn Joy’s merchandise.

The Canvas Before Us - #8  Top Album | Folk Alliance International Folk Chart (Aug. 2021)

Women Who Walked on Water - #3 Song | Folk Alliance International Folk Chart (March 2022)

We'll Hold the Light - #16 Song | Folk Alliance International Folk Chart (February 2021)

Walnut Valley Festival NewSong Songwriting Contest winner - 10x

American Songwriter Songwriting Contest - Honorable mention

FARM Folk DJ Showcase (2021)

Kansas Public Radio Top Ten New Releases - 3x (2021)


The Canvas Before Us (2021)            Shed a Little Light - Live (2021)             To the Girl (2019)                                Lights Along the Way (2017)                  Say My Name (2016)                         Mosaic (2014)                                        Grey Matter (2014)                                Until the Dawn (2013)   

For More Information: Visit Recordings 

“​Joy has a wonderfully unique way of connecting to her audience that I have seen no other performer do...she engages every audience and wraps everyone in a velvet blanket of beautiful music.” 
~ Peggy Kelly, Open Range Concert Series

Click here for interview with Northern Spirit Radio: Song of the Soul