Born to perform, Joyce Lyons doesn’t remember a time when she wasn’t on stage, performing in a choir, club act or theater piece.
Immediately after graduating from high school, Joyce headed west to attend Colorado Women’s College and immersed herself in the music and theater departments. She studied voice (pop, musical theater and even classical), and piano, and then fell hard for the theater. Cast as the Emcee in the musical “Cabaret” to glowing reviews by The Denver Post, her path was clear.
The east coast beckoned again, and Joyce spent a year in the Washington, D.C. area, and performing in local theater, notably in a production of Godspell. She soon jumped to the Big Apple, collecting roles in Tintypes, Sophisticated Ladies, Little Shop of Horrors and Company to name a few.
Cabaret clubs and the intimacy of the smaller venue proved to be just the right fit for Joyce. A slight detour into stand-up was fun and challenging (kept looking for the piano player) but it is the small stage that continues to call her back.
A chance meeting with Associate Justice Clarence Thomas led to a special performance at the Supreme Court. Joyce has become a regular performer at the world famous spa, Canyon Ranch in the Berkshires, and most recently has added the luxurious Miraval Tucson Resort and Spa to her repeat request list.
Joyce recorded her first jazz CD (Sooner or Later), at the renowned Nola Recording Studios, an experience which sent her in an entirely new direction. Joyce has worked with many of the most distinguished artists in the business, such as the late, great, Joe Beck, Kenny Ascher, Bucky Pizzarelli, Jay Leonhart, Lee Musiker, Lou Marini and Al Gafa.
In addition to regularly performing at jazz clubs, private parties, Joyce has added appearances at Turning Stone Casino and Spa and has participated in the Jazz on the Hill Series at Fort Lewis College in Durango, CO. Joyce added teaching to her repertoire with a master class on reading lyrics for vocal students. She has offered this class as part of the Artist in Residence Program at Fort Lewis College and New York City. Look for this class at colleges, high schools and private venues nationally.
Change continues to influence Joyce’s career. New reviews, a soon-to-be released “live” recording, and even relocation to the Midwest. Joyce now resides in the culturally reach environs of Minneapolis and is excited to explore exciting new opportunities among the many jazz and theater venues.