GARLANDED in her home country of Germany as the queen of soul, and one of the first artists from Europe to ever receive the accolade of a contract with Motown; you don’t get to write these kinds of things on your CV without a reservoir of talent to back them up.
And you can see what Detroit’s home of the hits saw in Berlin’s Joy Denalane by wrapping your ears around her news single, “The Show”, below.
The singer who got her first break singing with Tiefschwarz on their track “Music” back in ’99 is releasing a deluxe edition of last year’s album Let Yourself Be Loved in the first week of September, on which “The Show” will now be incorporated – as just one of five extra tracks.
“The Show is about that moment when kids realise: ‘After all, my parents are just as questionable and flawed as I am’,” says Joy. “When children become teenagers, their parents’ hero status is quite rightly questioned.
“I tell my children:’ Please forgive me, that I too am only a part of the show, a part of the system – and as such, fallible.
“The song aims to soften the shock of that realization for the kids and help navigate them through the complexities of life.”
“The Show” is the first track to be revealed from that new expanded edition of Let Yourself Be Loved; and the the album will finally gain its first official UK release this time around, with editions available including a lavish 8×7″ box set.
“I wanted to make a classic soul album,” adds Joy; and she’s certainly done that, bringing in jazz piano legend Roberto Di Gioia, who set out on his career playing with artist of the calibre of Johnny Griffin, Art Farmer and Woody Shaw, to produce.