“You will not find a more authentic, talented jazz singer. Like a songbird, the melodies of Divine Jazz will transport you to another time and place, where passion was abundant in the beautiful jazz music of the early 1900’s.”
– Ash D. Wilson
Joy has been singing since before she could walk. Growing up surrounded by music and a variety of instruments, classical music was the “soundtrack” of Joy’s childhood, and helped to develop her natural ear. Later, studying the piano and violin for several years, Joy participated in eleven different courses of musical discipline in high school, a soloist in muiltiple vocal ensembles, as well as playing percussion, hand bells, and violin in a variety of instrumental groups. In 1996 Joy traveled with the hand bell choir to Egypt and Jordan, by invitation of Queen Noor.
In her early twenties Joy began composing, and inspired by a friend, taught herself to play the bass guitar. After landing the role as bassist for a female band in Minneapolis, Joy helped write many of their songs. In 2005 Joy organized and sang with the Gold Tones, hired to play before all the Golden Gopher Football games at the Minneapolis Metrodome, and in 2006 hosted a weekly artist’s showcase & open mic at Jitter’s Bar & Cafe, managing and booking an increasing network of performance and visual artists. Joy then sang with a theatrical troupe and live band throughout the Twin Cities through 2007.
Having performed with a multitude of talented musicians, Joy is honored to have had the privilege of singing jazz with Scott Dercks, an extraordinary guitarist and musician, from 2004- 2008, playing their hearts out at nearly all of the hottest Minneapolis jazz venues, festivals, and countless private events.
Joy now lives in Chattanooga, TN, and performs throughout the region with David James, a well known, local guitarist with a deep and naturally diverse talent. The Divine Jazz Duo have played at The Tivoli Theater, at The Chattanoogan, 2 North Shore, Brix Nouveau, and countless weddings, anniversary’s, birthday’s, and private events in Chattanooga. Known for their passion for music and people, David and Joy bring joy to others.
“The simple truth is I love to sing. The power of music is my inspiration. I am a self appointed advocate for keeping music alive in your life, no matter what.”
– Joy Divine
“I love music. I love people. It’s that simple. I can think of nothing more enjoyable than to share music, and moments, with others.”
– David James
David James began playing the guitar at age eight, with his first performance at Graysville Elementary School. David grew up in the Chattanooga area, playing a wide variety of instruments in his church. Through the years David and his music have touched thousands of lives through his genuine love for people, and his heartfelt performances at such notable locations as: Rock City, Belk VIP, Greenlife Grocery, and countless public and private events throughout the Southeast.
David James is a formidably creative, and talented musician, with a passion for music and people alike. He is like no other. His ability to play in literally any key, can intimidate even seasoned musicians, and is just the “tip of the iceberg” of evidence of David’s strong musical ability and natural ear.
David also sings, and plays a variety of other instruments, it could be said, “he could play well any instrument that found it’s lucky way into his hands”. His voice, by nature, is an authentic “Elvis” croon that’ll make you triple check you’ve not stepped back in time and found yourself at Graceland with the King himself.
“Humble, and Southern as the day is long, you’ll not find a more genuine, more loving, kind, and even vivacious an individual as David. Add to all this his infinite musical experience and creativity, and you’re certain to share in a truly memorable moment, with an unforgettable man.”
– Joy Devlin