Joy Caroline Mills

For fans of:The Cranberries, Michelle Branch, Third Eye Blind

Joy Caroline Mills is a songwriter, producer, recording engineer, guitarist, singer, & multi-instrumentalist currently residing in Indianapolis. Aside from her solo music, she primarily plays lead guitar for the shoegaze/indie rock outfit Karate, Guns & Tanning. The band is already making waves across the world. KGT has been featured on CVLTNation, Bandcamp, Sirius XMU, AnalogueTrash, The Nation Rock Radio, LOUD WOMEN, WhiteLight/WhiteHeat, Niche Music, WQRT, WFYI (NPR) and more. The band is also in rotation on KEXP in Seattle.

Additionally, some of her solo career highlights include a TV appearance on FOX59, a WFYI Small Studio Session, and radio placements on KUBE Radio, WZPL, WTTS & WQRT, to name a few.

She also co-hosts an arts/music/culture podcast with Valerie Green dubbed Indy Propaganda. The duo have a monthly radio show on WQRT FM in Indianapolis to support Musical Family Tree—an initiative where Mills also serves on their curation committee.

Mills has a bachelor’s degree from Ball State University in Music Media Production & Industry. Her primary focus was in songwriting and classical guitar.

When Joy is not performing or recording, she works full time in technical theatre (lights, sound, projection, audio). You can see some of her work on her social media profiles and in theatres across Indianapolis. Occasionally she plays guitar for musicals in the area, including lead guitar in Hedwig & The Angry Inch (Zach & Zack) and a brief stint on guitar in Always…Patsy Cline (ATI).