- 2022 Carolina Music Awards nominated in the final round for the category of Female Christian/Gospel/Inspirational Artist of 2022.
2022 Singing News Fan Awards Top 10 Nominee for Favorite New Artist!
2022 Singing News Top 20 Bluegrass #14; SGN Scoops Christian Country Top 20 #11; Top 10 SGN Scoops BG #3 —Is there Oil in Your Lamp!
2021 SGN Scoops Top 20 Christian Country Charts #15 December; #16 November - Right Here, Right Now!
2021 SGN Scoops Top 40 Christian Country Charts #22 October; #29 September - Right Here, Right Now!
2021 Diamond Award nominee for Sunrise Artist of the Year! (Emerging/Breakthrough Artist)
2020 SGN Scoops Top 80 charts, Original Song, "Jesus is Holding You" #68 for July 2020 and Singing News debuted at #89 for August 2020!
2019 Singing News Top 80 charts, Original Song, "Under Water” #67 for August 2019!
2018 Southern Gospel Times - #1 Fan-Voted Favorite Artist for 2018!
” Joy is a fantastic singer, and Broken to Beautiful, is an amazing record! She knocked it out of the park! What fabulous songs and players. A must have for Gospel Music Fans!”
- Les Butler
“Working with Joy was such a blessing. She is a stellar singer and a genuine Christian example. She sings great songs that touch the heart!”
- Phil Cross
JOY HOLDEN is a Christian singer-songwriter and producer from Spartanburg, SC. She has a dynamic and powerful voice, and her live performance can be described as one preacher put it, a high energy anointing! Her great enthusiasm for JESUS is simply contagious! Joy’s musical style is Southern Gospel with a progressive vocal edge.
No matter what you call it, Joy states, "it's the music God gave me, I will play whatever HE calls me to do to bring people to Jesus.” As with any genre - the key to reaching people is an abundant list of great songs and an authentic heart for ministry and she has both. She says, my genre is "Jesus."
Holden’s, 12 song debut album, As Long As You Breathe, which was released (Dec. 2017) and to audiences in 2018 from MCR Music has garnered great reviews. She achieved her first Top 80 radio single on the SN charts in August of 2019, with a song she penned called, Under Water.
In June of 2019, to share audience favorite cover songs with her fans, she recorded and released an EP called "COVERED" which include some of her favorite gospel songs! She says, it has a dual meaning in that we are also - Covered by HIS Grace. Covered: Favorite Gospel Songs Vol 1 is on the MCR Music label. Her favorite song on the project, a rendition of Gerald Crabb's, Through The Fire.
In 2020, she worked with the legendary and award winning Producer Les Butler, of the Family Music Group label and Butler Music Group on a much anticipated Nashville album, that include songs written by some of the industries finest songwriters. The musicians on the recording are the absolute best of the best, many are Grammy and Dove award winners! The release date for the new album is slated for early 2021! Joy states, "this album is the best I've ever done and has incredible songs that I believe will move hearts closer to Jesus." On the heels of much suffering and tragedy in 2020, she says, "this record, these songs have been my living, breathing, walking testimony with God."
July 25, 2018
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Greenville, SC -- January 5, 2018
South Carolina Singer/Songwriter Joy Holden Returns to Christian Gospel Music, Debuts
As LongAs You Breathe Album
Joy Holden, seasoned veteran from Boiling Springs, SC, returns to music in the Christian Gospel ministry. Described by gospel enthusiasts as a fresh modern sound in Christian Contemporary music with roots in Southern Gospel, Holden’s vocal style is edgy yet pure, rich and soulful. Her music inspires through both song and story.
As Holden reveals, “I believe God wants me to help the broken-hearted through music. I had a vision from God and new music was poured over me. It was a gift. A re-birth in me spiritually, physically and musically." Joy’s debut Christian Gospel album, As Long As You Breathe, was released by MCR Music in December 2017.
This new album is a collection of anointed and personal songs, including a favorite one for Holden’s Dad, written the day after his funeral last April called Jesus is Holding You. The album unfolds much like a story, with chapters as songs … from the foot stomping, Healer in the House, to the bluesy Meet Me Right Where I Am, and soul-felt, What You’ve Got. These songs weave stories of testimony, redemption and recognition of God’s grace and immeasurable love.
The mid-tempo contemporary, modern styled, I Can Do Better, As Long As You Breathe, This Soul Needs Your Grace and Take Me in Your Hand while great songs could easily be served up as Praise and Worship anthems. Other tracks, like Even in Wind and Under Water are gospel at its very core. The ballad, Sometimes It Takes Silence showcases Joy’s amazing lead vocals, along with Carry Me (about the poem “Footprints in the Sand”). These are uniquely fresh stories about the journey of following Jesus.
You may recognize the tight-knit harmonies of the Ruppe Sisters, Valerie R. Medkiff and Heather R. Bennett on most of the tracks providing background vocals on this debut.
Background: Joy has always written Christian music even when touring and recording as a Pop/Rock artist. Joy's 1992, debut album, Do You Believe, in the rock category earned much praise, airplay, and major label interest and she was signed to a worldwide distribution deal, with CMC International. Popular songs are Confidence, Still Our Own, Do You Believe, and Ain’t No Way.
Other Career Highlights
- 2017-18 Christian Gospel Album, As Long As You Breathe – December 2017/January 2018, MCR Music Label
- 2013 Pop/Rock Distribution Release of "This That & The Other Thing"
- 1998 CD Release “Just Joy” collection of 10 years – also includes hymn Blessed Assurance which was in weekly rotation on the Bill Drake Gospel Hour for 5 years, and was the most requested acapella gospel song
- 1994 & 1992 Independent release of album “Do You Believe", Raven Records
- 1992 FINALIST STAR Search auditions
- 1991 CMC International Recording & Distribution Contract
- 1991 Worldwide record company showcase; 1989 European record company showcase
- BILLBOARD Song CONTEST Top 10 FINALIST Songwriter Joy Holden - "Ain’t No Way”
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The Year of the LORD’s Favor 1 The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me, because the LORD has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, 2 to proclaim the year of the LORD’s favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn, 3 and provide for those who grieve in Zion— to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the LORD for the display of his splendor.