We all have a soundtrack to our lives. The most memorable music is connected to the early days of discovering clubbing and dancing until the milk trucks passed you on your way home. Many will remember particular adolescent anthems with a warm smile and a tapping foot.
At Joyce Sims’ concert last night I had more than a warm smile and tapping foot. Her electrifying performance at the Jazz Café elated the sold out venue and heralded the return of one of soul’s most pined after voices.
It has been ten years since she last performed in London, but the crowd welcomed her back with open arms.
Her new EP “Running Back To You/Back to Love” has been a long time coming. It has been six years since the release of her album “A New Beginning”, and almost 26 years since the classic soul anthem “Come into My Life”.
“I’ve been continually writing songs, and it got to a point where I wanted to stop writing and put out some music,” said Joyce about her return to producing music and touring.
The EP, due to be released in March, has been released through her own label, August Rose Records and is a stepping-stone to an album release in summer.
She has been working with creative production crews on various mixes on the EP, including Birmingham based producers, Soul Garden who worked on “Back in Love”. She has also worked with Elai Tubo, who has engineered tracks by legends of R&B and Hip Hop like R.U.N DMC and Angie Stone, so the new album promises to be inspirational.
However, Joyce hopes that there will not be another six-year gap before her next CD release.
“I’m going to put out some music,” she said, “I have a lot of music and it’s time to release it now. I’ve been writing for years and it’s time to release it now, it’s time to let it go.”
Joyce Sims will be back in London as part of the Happy Days Festival on the 2nd and 3Rd of June. The festival is a collection of some of the biggest names in music from the 70s, 80s and 90s. She also promises to return to the UK to promote her new CD in summer.
By Oran Blackwood