Vance Joy is one of Australia’s fastest rising singers and songwriters who always had an interest in music. He graduated from the St Kevin’s College and later from the Monash University to get a degree in Bachelors of Arts and Bachelors of Laws. He later became a promising Australian Rules football player and played for the Coburg Football Club in Victorian Football League (VFL). He even won the best first year player award in 2008 but it was his love for music that forced him to keep writing songs. He soon started to perform at open-mic nights around Melbourne and his sophisticated sound impressed many. Joy developed quite a reputation and started to sell out many shows.
God Loves You When You’re Dancing
While grabbing the attention of the people through his gigs, Joy decided to give a year to composing music. He soon came out with his debut single, From Afar and followed that up by releasing his first Extended Play, ‘God Loves You When You’re Dancing’ in 2013. The EP was a success which gave Joy more exposure.
The success of Riptide
Riptide, the hit track from God Loves You When You’re Dancing’ went five times platinum in Australia and reached the sixth spot on the ARIA charts. It also became the longest charting song in Australia as it spent more than one hundred and twenty weeks in the Top 100 and became the second longest charting single in the US Billboard Hot 100.
The inspiration for Riptide came from a motel that Joy visited as a kid as he states,” As a child, I used to go on family holidays down the coast of Australia. While we were there, we would stay at this motel called Riptide. So that's where that part of the idea came from.” The song was also featured in a GoPro TV advertising campaign in the USA and many notable names like, MisterWives and Taylor Swift have performed covers of the single. The success of Riptide landed him a deal with the Atlantic Records.
Dream Your Life Away
After the release of his debut EP, Vance Joy came out with his first studio album, ‘Dream Your Life Away’ in 2014. The record reached the top of the charts in Australia and picked seventeenth spot on the Billboard 200. It was certified platinum by the ARIA and featured seven singles including, From Afar, Riptide, Mess is Mine, First Time, Georgia, All I Ever Wanted and Fire and the Flood. ‘Dream Your Life Away’ also received positive reviews from the critics as Rolling Stones Australia gave it four stars out of five and stated “there's more to Vance Joy than "Riptide." The review also said that the album is "confident, self-assured and classically Australian, with an appeal that's universal.”
Coming for you
Vance Joy is a breath of fresh of air that has certainly made his mark in the music industry. His music is inspired by the greats like Paul Kelly and George Harrison. The artist has earned four nominations for the World Music Award including in the category of the ‘World’s Best Live Act.’ He has also been nominated for the MTV Video Music Award and MTV Europe Music Awards. He is now going to hit the road to deliver a series of remarkable performances. If you want to catch him live then get your Vance Joy tickets and watch one of the fastest rising stars in music, live in concert.