Joyia is a Toronto-based R&B singer, writer, producer, and composer. People have compared her to the likes of Aaliyah, H.E.R., Jhené Aiko, and Sabrina Claudio, but somehow still place her in her own distinct category. With two releases under her belt, and plans for a full-length project, her unique sound will soon be breaking through the city.
She began vocal and piano lessons at the age of 10, and began writing at 13. While a brief turn towards electronic music taught her fundamental elements of production in her mid-teens, she refined her musical style about two years ago when she returned to her early soul, jazz, and R&B influences. Through performances around the city at venues like the Phoenix Concert Theatre, the Drake Underground, and Longboat Hall, fans have strongly connected with the personal stories she shares through her music.
So far, Joyia has released the Wednesday EP as a collaborative project with Toronto artists HMLT and Kei-li; her first solo project, Legends, a cover of Childish Gambino’s Redbone with HMLT, and was featured on the tracks Bedroom and Stay from HMLT’s most recent solo album, “Need You.” Executively produced by Corey of HMLT, her first EP fused hip-hop, jazz, and both live and electronic dark R&B sounds with Joyia’s refined vocal style; one that feels all too familiar yet indisputably new. Legends garnered acclaim from Complex, Sidewalk Hustle, and Exclaim Magazine, and has been featured on Spotify’s Just Vibing playlist. With a solid repertoire under her belt, she is currently gearing up for a calendar of releases set for later this year, and early 2020.