Joy Ike

Bigger Than Your Box

Bigger Than Your Box by Joy Ike
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For fans of:Laura Mvula, Regina Spektor, Nina Simone, Vienna Teng, Lianne La Havas
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  1. Ever Stay
  2. By The Fire
  3. You Betta'
  4. Last Time
  5. Hold On
  6. Give A Little
  7. Full
  8. Say Goodbye
  9. I Don't Know Anything
  10. Walk
  11. Assurance

Polished and precise, yet buoyed with an airy grace, Joy Ike paints with a broad palette that defies easy categorization. The Nigerian-American, Philadelphia-based artist crafts music at turns soaring and plaintive, drawing comparisons to female musicians such as Nina Simone, Laura Nyro, and Regina Spektor. But her percussive piano-playing and soaring vocals give homage to her African upbringing.

Written over a four-year period Bigger Than Your Box is a record that is joyously defiant, standing proud and wrapped in blasts of exotic color. It dares us to believe in ourselves, to knock down the walls of fear and doubt we build around ourselves and dive head first into the unseen. Ike. Bigger Than Your Box boldly explores what Ike often refers to as divine discontentment; the restless middle ground between what is and what ought to be. “The spiritual mystery of life and the ever-present Spirit of God that embraces us in our most helpless state.”

The full album is now available on Spotify, Amazon, iTunes & Apple Music!


All songs written and performed by Joy Ike.

Produced by Dave Brophy. Boston, MA.Engineer & Mixed by Pat DiCenso

Mastered by Kim Rosen


Joy Ike: piano, keys, ukulele, weird mouth noises

Jason Rafalak: upright + electric bass

Dave Brophy: drums + auxiliary instruments

Andrew Stern: electric guitar

Nicole Meyer: cello

Backing vocalists: Amos Evans, Jason Ager, Sanovia Garret, Peace Ike:

Gang vocals: Tereza Moudra, Marguerite Anglin, Hanna Jung, Peace Ike, Pax Ressler

For fans of:Laura Mvula, Regina Spektor, Nina Simone, Vienna Teng, Lianne La Havas
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