Vance Joy
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Vance Joy

Vance Joy
Vance Joy en el ACL Music Festival 2015 (Austin, Texas).jpg
Background information
James Gabriel Keogh.
Born (1987-12-01) 1 December 1987 (age 31)
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • Vocals
  • ukulele
  • guitar
  • piano
2013 - present

James Gabriel Keogh (born 1 December 1987),[2][3] better known by his stage name Vance Joy, is an Australian singer and songwriter. He signed a five-album deal with Atlantic Records in 2013.[4] He released his debut EP God Loves You When You're Dancing in March 2013. His song "Riptide" was voted number 1 on the 2013 Triple J Hottest 100. Joy released his debut studio album Dream Your Life Away on 5 September 2014 in Australia and on 9 September 2014 elsewhere.[5][6] At the ARIA Music Awards of 2015 he won Best Male Artist.

Early life

Joy attended St. Patricks Primary School, Murrumbeena in Melbourne. He was school captain, and graduated from St Kevin's College, Toorak in 2005. Joy later graduated from Monash University with a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws.[when?][4]

Prior to his music career, Joy was a promising Australian rules football player. In 2008 and 2009, he played for the Coburg Football Club, then called the Coburg Tigers, as key defender in the Victorian Football League (VFL),[7] winning best first year player award in 2008.[8][9] In 2009, he was a member of the leadership group. He still continues his support for the club, as Coburg's number one ticket holder as of 2015. The team have a tradition of playing Joy's major hit 'Riptide' at every home game. [10]

Joy explains his choice for a music career over a football one by saying that he "[...] wasn't ever really in the mix (for the AFL)", being "good enough to go from local footy to the VFL. Out of three seasons, I had a handful of games. You always think you can do better, but I think I reached my potential as a football player."[11] In another interview, he stated "for a period of time I was super focused on footy, I played a step below professional level. I had opportunities to play for a couple of teams but my heart wasn't completely in it. I guess I was just doing something in the meantime before writing my first songs." [12]

Music career

2013: God Loves You When You're Dancing

Vance Joy on the TV show Sommarkrysset at Gröna Lund, Stockholm in 2014

On 21 January 2013, Joy released his debut single "From Afar". On 22 March 2013, he released his debut EP God Loves You When You're Dancing.[13] The single "Riptide" became a success on Australian commercial radio,[14] peaking at number 6 on the ARIA Singles Chart and being certified triple platinum by the Australian Record Industry Association (ARIA).[15] The song features in a GoPro TV advertising campaign in the USA.[16]

"Riptide" was inspired by a motel Joy visited as a kid. "As a child, I used to go on family holidays down the coast of Australia", Joy told the Brand Alley blog. "While we were there, we would stay at this motel called Riptide. So that's where that part of the idea came from."[17]

Speaking in an interview with Soundcheck in January 2014, Joy talked about how he thinks the album will sound, saying "I think there's always a bit of variety with my songwriting, so probably the EP is a good reflection of what the rest of the album will be like. It's all different songs, I guess, but all tied together in a way."[18] Joy said in an interview with Triple J about his stage name, "I was going through a Peter Carey phase and reading a lot of his books. There's a book called Bliss. The main character's name is Harry Joy and his grandfather is Vance Joy. He's the storyteller and a crazy old man. Plus, I thought it was a cool name."[19]

2014-2016: Dream Your Life Away

On 15 July 2014, Joy announced the title of his debut album, Dream Your Life Away, which was released on 5 September 2014 in Australia, 9 September 2014 in the United States, and 15 September 2014 elsewhere.[20] In July 2014, he released "Mess Is Mine" as the third overall single from the album, and the song peaked at number 37 in Australia. He performed his debut album live from 5 September 2014 onward, starting in Melbourne and then worldwide.[21] On 7 September 2014, Joy released "First Time" as the fourth single from the album in the United Kingdom.[22]

He announced a major US tour that occurred during October and November, and was called the "Dream Your Life Away Tour"--the tour started on 17 October in Dallas, Texas.[23]

Joy was announced as the support act for Taylor Swift's The 1989 World Tour on 3 November 2014. Joy appeared on all the tour dates in North America, the United Kingdom and Australia.[24] Swift performed a rendition of "Riptide" on 9 October 2014 for the BBC's 'Live Lounge' segment.[25]

At Swift's Seattle show on 8 August 2015, Joy disclosed that he had done a lot of writing and all of the recording for his "Dream Your Life Away" at Bear Creek Studio in Woodinville, Washington in 2012. On 9 November 2014, he performed "Riptide" at the 2014 MTV Europe Music Awards in Glasgow, Scotland, during the Digital show, hosted at the O2 Academy Glasgow.[] Also in November 2015, he was picked as Elvis Duran's Artist of the Month and was featured on the American television network NBC's Today show hosted by Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb and broadcast nationally across the United States where he performed his single "Riptide" live.

"Riptide" has turned out to be the song which has launched Joy's career worldwide. Not only was the song a hit in Australia, but it's become a hit in the United Kingdom, Canada, Sweden, Switzerland, Italy, Germany, Austria, Belgium, Israel, Poland, and Slovakia. In the US, "Riptide" has reached number 30 on the Billboard Hot 100 and number 1 on the Alternative and Rock Airplay charts.[26] In early 2015, it was announced that Vance Joy would perform at the Boston Calling Music Festival in May 2015.[27]

On 5 February 2015, it was announced that Vance Joy would perform as the headliner for the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Spring Concert at the Pinnacle Bank Arena on 23 April.[28]

On 13 May 2015, he performed "Riptide" in a duet featuring Quentin Alexander live to a standing ovation at the Dolby Theater during the season 14 finale of American Idol. Speaking to Rolling Stone, Joy revealed that he began writing "Georgia" in 2006, then sat on it until he figured out the words and melody.[29] On 16 June 2015, Joy released "Great Summer", a single from the soundtrack for Paper Towns.[] At the ARIA Music Awards of 2015 he won the Best Male Artist category for Dream Your Life Away, with six further nominations.[30]

2017-present: Nation of Two & Live at Red Rocks Amphitheatre

Joy released his second studio album Nation of Two on 23 February 2018. The album debuted at number 1 in Australia, was certified gold and won an ARIA Award at the ARIA Music Awards of 2018. In November 2018, Vance released a live album titled Live at Red Rocks Amphitheatre.


In an interview Joy revealed that he began his start in music by playing covers of songs. "I would play Green Day's 'Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)' and sing silly lyrics over it. I guess that was my first creative stab at music." He added that he soon realised the tracks he was penning were "crap".[31] Joy stated that "My Kind of Man" was inspired by the Lynyrd Skynyrd song "Simple Man" after reading the lyrics on his uncle's Facebook profile.[32][33]


Awards and nominations


  • Dream Your Life Away Tour (2013-2014)
  • The Fire and the Flood Tour (2016)
  • Nation of Two World Tour (2018)


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  15. ^ "ARIA Charts - Accreditations - 2013 Singles". ARIA Charts. ARIA. Retrieved 2014.
  16. ^ Fitzsimons, Scott (19 July 2013). "Vance Joy Features In US GoPro TV Ad". Retrieved 2013.
  17. ^ Heggs, Melanie. "Vance Joy: 5 Things You Didn't Know About The 'Riptide' Singer". Fashion & Style. Archived from the original on 12 March 2015. Retrieved 2015.
  18. ^ Law, Adrienne. "INTERVIEW: Vance Joy". Retrieved 2014.
  19. ^ "Vance Joy profile". Retrieved 2015.
  20. ^ Dream Your Life Away Archived 18 July 2014 at the Wayback Machine.,; accessed 17 July 2014.
  21. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 18 July 2014. Retrieved .
  22. ^ "iTunes Store". Archived from the original on 12 February 2015. Retrieved 2015.
  23. ^ Vance Joy's Debut Album 'DREAM YOUR LIFE AWAY' to Be Released 9/9 - BWWMusicWorld (published 15 July 2014)
  24. ^ "Taylor Swift Reveals Massive 1989 World Tour". Rolling Stone.
  25. ^ "Taylor Swift covers Vance Joy's Riptide in the Live Lounge" (Video upload). BBC Radio 1 on YouTube. Google Inc. 9 October 2014. Retrieved 2015.
  26. ^ Kawashima, Dale. "Vance Joy Breaks Through With Hit "Riptide" and Debut Album; Will Open For Taylor Swift's Tour". Retrieved 2015.
  27. ^ Ollman, Jonah. "Boston Calling Announces May 2015 Lineup". Sound of Boston. Retrieved 2015.
  28. ^ "UPC Nebraska". Facebook.
  29. ^ Spanos, Brittany. "Watch Vance Joy's War-Themed 'Georgia' Video With a Surprising Twist". Retrieved 2015.
  30. ^ ARIA Music Awards for Vance Joy:
  31. ^ Denham, Jess. "Vance Joy interview: 'Riptide' singer talks football, Brandon Flowers and his debut album". Retrieved 2015.
  32. ^ "Exclusive: Vance Joy Premieres Intimate Video for 'My Kind Of Man'". 2014-07-28. Retrieved .
  33. ^ Kawashima, Dale. "Vance Joy Breaks Through With Hit "Riptide" and Debut Album; Will Open For Taylor Swift's Tour". Retrieved 2015.

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