Vance Joy is an Australian singer-songwriter that performs folk music mixed with pop sensibilities. Lyrically, he’s very accessible while still being profound and thought-provoking.
The singer’s most famous song is “Riptide.” The single peaked at number 30 on the Billboard Hot 100 but went to number one on two other Billboard charts and cracked the top ten on three more.
“Riptide” is a catchy tune that makes pithy references to dentists, the movie Midnight Cowboy, and actress Michelle Pfeiffer.
Joy released his first single, “From Afar,” on Jan. 21, 2013. Two months later, he released his first EP, God Loves You When You’re Dancing.
That EP also contains the single “Riptide”—the song that propelled Joy to international stardom.
Joy’s rookie studio album, Dream Your Life Away, hit streets on July 15, 2014. The album went straight to number one in Joy’s native Australia and peaked at number 17 in the United States.
Later in 2014, Vance Joy tickets were collected during a major trek of the U.S.—the “Dream Your Life Away Tour.” Also in 2015, Joy began opening for Taylor Swift during her “The 1989 World Tour.”
On Jan. 13, 2016, Joy launched his lengthy “Fire and the Flood Tour.” The outing saw Joy booking gigs in a number of North American cities including Chicago, Toronto, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Houston, Philadelphia, and New York.
Before exploding onto the music scene, Joy played Australian rules football. He played for the Coburg Football Club of the VFL in 2008 and 2009.
It may seem a reach for a world renowned musician to have played Aussie football but remember, Joy is six-feet, three inches tall.
Besides Australian rules football, Joy also likes rollerblading, playing Frisbee, and going to dance clubs.
Vance Joy was born Dec. 1, 1987. His real name is James Keogh.
Realizing how difficult it is to pronounce “Keogh,” the singer took the name “Vance Joy” from a character in the book “Bliss” by Peter Carey.