ASCAP, Dallas Fort Worth Professional Musicians Association
Artist's BiographyJoyce grew up in a small town with limited resources to study music; however, it did not discourage her passion. She started playing clarinet in middle school, but grew very fond of the tenor saxophone in the 12th grade. Later, she added the alto sax and flute in college where she majored in instrumental music education. After an approximate 20-year hiatus, Joyce returned to her love and passion for music and released her first CD, â€œSweet Dreamsâ€, in 2010.
The CD is a collection of instrumental (alto/soprano sax and flute) and vocal music created to calm, soothe, and bring healing to your soul. Her music has been labeled Christian, Inspirational Jazz, Smooth Jazz, and Smooth/Contemporary Gospel, but she plays all styles, including tradition to contemporary jazz, funk, rhythm and blues, and pop.
In 2011, Joyce was nominated Best Female Artist by the South Florida Gospel Music Awards and was awarded by the ASCAPLUS Awards panel for original work on the CD and an original musical score entitled, â€œGlory to Godâ€. Recently, she was awarded the Garland Branch NAACP Music Award for her contribution to music in her church and the community.
Joyce has been featured in several radio and television shows such as Joshuaâ€™s House for Christian Artists, Jazzy100.com streaming music and commentary around the world, GHP Radio Network, Bethlehem Baptist Church Television Program, The Ester Davis Talk Show, The Dallas Spot Light â€“ â€œThe Grindâ€, Dallas Late Night Gospel Show, LA Jazz, Wendy Williamsâ€™ WNUR 89.3 FM Inspirational Jazz hour, Smooth Jazz Radio Channel/Audiorealm.com internet radio, Tehillah Praise TPBN Radio, itrack radio, etc. Joyce was recently honored for her accomplishments in a published article by â€œ All About Jazz â€œ, a leading jazz music website for industry professionals and enthusiasts,â€ entitled â€œTake Five with Joyce Spencerâ€.
Although Joyce is a solo artist and has her own band, Expressions, she is also a member of The Faith Band and the music director at Faith Missionary Baptist Church aka The House of Faith in Rowlett, TX.
Basile High School ~ Basile, LA
Clarinet and Saxophone ~ Concert and Marching Band ~ Beginner\'s Band
Outstanding Student ~ Superior ratings - solo and ensemble festivals
Basile Sing Out Group
McNeese State University ~ Lake Charles, LA
Bachelor of Music Education Degree - Instrumental Music
Saxophone, Flute, Piano, Choir, Jazz, Theory and Composition,
Drama, Speech Communications (Radio and TV)
Jazz Band, Wind Ensemble, Marching Band, Orchestra, Choir,
Symphonic Band, Plays/Musicals, Sigma Alpha Iota
The Stronger, The Sandbox, Suppressed Desires (Flute)
The Living Room Dinner Theatre (Actress/Music
Director) ~ The Choice (Music Director, Acting, Singing) ~ Good Ol\' Sam
(Music Director, Acting) ~ Feerce, Penner & Smith (Music
Mirror Mirror (Acting, Singing/Entertainment)
Acadiana Symphony Orchestra (Flute) ~ St. Pius Choir (Vocals)
Christian City Church Choir and Band (Vocals, Saxophone)
Faith Missionary Baptist Church - Music Director
Joyce Spencer and Expressions (Sax, Flute, Vocals)
Tony Key and The Faith Band (Sax, Flute, lead and Background Vocals)