About

Joy Zimmerman is a soulful singer/songwriter known for compelling vocals, award-winning songs, and captivating performances. A touring musician based in Kansas City, Joy recently released Shed a Little Light: Joy Zimmerman Live, her seventh album of original music. Joy is a multi-instrumentalist whose eclectic music dives into the everyday and the extraordinary.

Born with a tooth on Shakespeare's 400th birthday, Joy's musical journey began with violin lessons before kindergarten. She discovered her singing and songwriting voice after starting guitar lessons once her own children were in kindergarten. All roads have led here. Now Joy's songwriting awards include an American Songwriter Lyric Contest Honorable Mention and ten Walnut Valley Festival NewSong Showcase wins.

Joy has recorded three albums in Nashville and four in Kansas City. She enjoys performing solo, in duos and with a full band. Joy is also an engaging presenter who weaves music with themes of resilience, gratitude and creativity.

“​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

"Joy Zimmerman's "To the Girl" has a heart, to paraphrase the title of one of her songs, as big and wide as the sky. The music here is vivid and alive, tender and poignant, and altogether a gift for the listener."                                                                                                                Caryn Mirriam Goldberg, former Kansas Poet Laureate

"I've been on the road....and listening to Joy Zimmerman's very cool music from her latest CD, To the Girl! The production is SO smooth and well suited for her voice and songs. A couple of standouts: Why Be Normal has a "world music" feel to it and a super cool vibe. What Next could be a calling card song! Both set the table for another dimension for Joy as a writer/performer. Truly, they make me want to know "what's next" from JZ." 
David G Smith, Nashville singer/songwriter, First Place Winner 2008 International Song Contest

"Joy Zimmerman's "To the Girl" is for all of us. Joy Zimmerman has been a prolific singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist touring and recording for the past 10 years. This is Joy’s sixth album and her most eclectic and engaging yet. Recorded at Weights and Measures in Kansas City,  'To the Girl" is a must listen. Not just once but over and over again.    

Joy’s lyrics take on a new depth with each listen. The combination of her voice and poignant lyrics are like advice from a trusted friend. "To the Girl" by Joy Zimmerman is a powerful musical experience for us all."   
Kathy Forste, Music Director KC Café Radio

Hats Off

My word of intention for this new year is “gutsy.” I originally toyed with “fearless” but decided that a certain amount of fear will be my companion if I’m living right.  In light of the year we've had so far, I'm glad I chose gutsiness.

“Do one thing every day that scares you.” ~Eleanor Roosevelt 

Hillary and Chelsea Clinton’s new book, The Book of Gusty Women: Favorite Stories of Courage and Resilience, features Eleanor Roosevelt and more than 130 inspiring women.  The Clintons say the most notable commonality among these women is fierce optimism. This optimism isn’t naive, but rather based on determination and a practice of being brave and hopeful. 

Many of you sent me your words of intention for 2020, including “light”, “openness”, “new”, “balance”, “be bold,” “ambition” and “perseverance”. Words to live by. 

Sometimes we need physical manifestations of our inner shifts or commitments…like deciding to let our hair go gray, speaking up for justice, taking up skydiving or crochet, trying something completely new. 

In 2020 I’m stepping further into my power and letting my songs take center stage. To mark this new chapter…this new year…this new decade, I’ve taken my hats off for a while. I need newness, freshness and freedom. 

One exciting but scary leap has been a new venture into live recording. On March 6th, Ryan Dugan joined me on acoustic guitar and Jake Wheeler on upright bass at Knuckleheads in Kansas City and on March 7th at Weights and Measures Soundlab. From live recordings those evenings, I just released my new live album, Shed a Little Light: Joy Zimmerman Live.

As always, I’m so grateful you’re part of the team. 

Here’s my first very short subject video—a “talkie”, as it were. Since the pandemic forced us inside and separated, I've been reaching out with a weekly Facebook video, What's Up Wednesday. You can find them here and on my YouTube channel and Facebook page.

Click here for an extended interview: Joy Zimmerman @ Listen Local