"Joy has a wonderfully unique way of connecting to her audience that I have seen no other performer do...she engages every audience and wraps everyone in a velvet blanket of beautiful music. " 

~Peggy Kelly, Open Range Concert Series 

​​ "As a songwriter, Joy Zimmerman is equally comfortable tackling styles from bluegrass, folk and blues to pop, rock and country-as well as more esoteric  genres ranging from disco to klezmer...but still makes each song her own."  

~Fett, Independent producer/engineer, Azalea Music Group, Nashville

 "To listen to Joy play and sing, to be carried along through her ordinary/wondrous journey, and to hear echos of your own in it...There's so much about her work that resonates with me at a level even deeper that I can articulate."

~Erika Marksbury, M.Div.



Joy Zimmerman & Jimmy Dykes 

captivate audiences wit​h dynamic vocals, dazzling instrumentals, and stellar harmonies. Each show is a high-energy mix of classic tunes and award-winning original songs. Joy and Jimmy play in a variety of local and regional venues and are available for private, fundraising and corporate events.​​

Previous venues include Knuckleheads, The InterContinental Hotel, Park Place, Plaza Live!, The Raphael Hotel, The Buffalo Room, Open Range Concert Series, The Mark Concert Series, Green Guitar Folk Series, Local Life Third Fridays, Downtown Overland Park Farmer's Market, Chick Events Handmade and Vintage, Ginkgo's Concert Series (St. Paul, MN), Louisville Center for the Arts (Louisville, CO), CommuniTea, Calibration Brewery, The Plaza Art Fair, The RecordBar, house concerts, private corporate events, fundraisers, weddings and retreats


Joy Zimmerman and Jimmy Dykes Band

~Sonic Joy~

 Joy Zimmerman, Jimmy Dykes and John Brandsgard combine musical forces and musical genres from rock to soul to pop to folk to blues. Every show is a high energy mix of classic and original tunes.


Shaped by adventure and challenge, Joy Zimmerman is a dynamic singer|songwriter who loves performing solo, in the Joy Zimmerman & Jimmy Dykes duo and with a full band.

Joy brings compelling vocals, inventive songwriting, and multiple instruments to her engaging performances. Her eclectic music began with violin lessons before kindergarten, evolved with guitar lessons decades later, and springs from plenty of soulful moments in between. 

Joy has five albums of original music--two recorded and co-produced with Jimmy Dykes in Kansas City at Weights and Measures Soundlab and three recorded and produced by Fett in Nashville at Azalea Studios. Her songwriting awards include American Songwriter Lyric Contest Honorable Mention and five Walnut Valley Festival New Song Showcase wins. 

Also an engaging presenter, Joy blends music and social work into workshops for children and adults on resilience, creativity, self-discovery, navigating change, and the power of music. 



Joy Zimmerman

is a soulful singer-songwriter​ known for compelling vocals, award-winning songwriting and enthralling performances. A multi-instrumentalist, Joy performs solo, in a duo with guitarist Jimmy Dykes, and with a full band.

Joy Zimmerman: ​singer/songwriter