Album:Dream Your Life Away
Former Australian Football player Vance Joy turned to music and made a big splash with the 2013 worldwide hit Riptide. Now he has a five album record deal and he's opening for Taylor Swift. He was born James Keogh Dec. 1, 1987 in Melbourne, Australia. He got the stage name Vance Joy out of a book. Like Bon Iver, he wants his real name for his private life. He was named 2008 rookie of the year for the Cobourg Football Club in the Victorian Football League. But he left Australian Football after two years and started performing on open mic nights in Melbourne clubs. This eventually led to a record deal with the Aussie label Liberation Music. The EP God Loves You When You're Dancing was released in 2013. When Riptide became a hit on Aussie radio, Atlantic Records signed Joy to a five album deal. His debut full length CD Dream Your Life Away was released Sept. 2014 and he opened for Taylor Swift on her recent tour. One thing I liked about Riptide was the use of the ukelele to establish the rhythm track. And he plays it on stage. Joy is being compared to Mumford & Sons and I guess that will help him get established. But who knows if he can establish himself with his own identity. Joy is starting 2015 touring Australia and then he will tour the US. Here's the video for Riptide by Vance Joy.