Over the past year, Joyia has been captivating audiences in Toronto with her sultry hip-hop/R&B infused songs. As the writer and composer of her own music, Joyia captivates audiences with her analogies of everything society lives through. If it’s not a looking glass into her own personal story, it’s something she’s seen in the world around her. People have compared her to the likes of Aaliyah, Norah Jones, and Frank Ocean, but somehow still place her in her own category. Joyia is the modern female R&B songstress that Toronto has been waiting for, and she’s ready to make her mark.
Joyia has always been making music, but only refined her style around two years ago. While a brief turn towards electronic music taught her elements of production, she eventually returned to her soul, jazz, and R&B influences which really cemented her identity as an artist. Through performances around the city at venues like the Drake Underground and Longboat Hall, fans have really connected with the personal stories she shares through her songs.
So far, Joyia has released the Wednesday EP as a collaborative project with HMLT and Kei-li, but this soul-funk record is very different than the darker R&B/soul she will be releasing with her first solo project - the Legends EP. Executive produced by Corey of HMLT, the Legends EP fuses hip-hop, jazz progressions, and both live and electronic dark R&B sounds with Joyia’s refined vocal style; one that feels all too familiar yet indisputably new. Joyia already has solid releases lined up for the new year, so she’s just getting started.