A folk & acoustic roots singer/songwriter who cultivates joy with a clear, rich voice, Joy Zimmerman believes in the power of music and community. At home on guitar and violin, Joy’s most recent album, The Canvas Before Us, debuted at #8 on the FAI Folk Chart. Production of Joy's next album, "Where the Light Lives," is in progress.

"Book Joy Zimmerman for one of the best evenings you can offer your audience. Joy Zimmerman gave a wonderful show here at Lakeside.  Her warm and engaging manner made the audience feel right at home and glad to be exactly where they were at that exact moment.  Her open and friendly manner is the perfect match for her musicianship to make ‘the whole package’.  Joy is a multi-instrumentalist (fiddle and guitar), with a beautiful voice.  Add all that to her insightful writing and you have a show any host would line up to present to their audience."  ~ Dani Goodband, Lakeside Music 

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

Upcoming shows:

Knuckleheads' Gospel Lounge with Danielle Ate the Sandwich - Saturday, January 28th, 8pm: ticket link

Unity of Lawrence Concert - Friday, February 10th, 7pm: ticket link

Hear Our Voices Concert - Thursday, March 23rd, 7pm, InterUrban ArtHouse: ticket link

Next concert: An evening at Knuckleheads on Saturday, January 28th will feature Joy and Danielle Ate the Sandwich, friends in concert, singing together and accompanying one another with guitar, violin, ukulele, and banjo. Knuckleheads ticket link

The Canvas Before Us - Newest Album

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                                                         

Joy's Heartland Song Network Artist of the Month interview with Erin McGrane.