Joy Zimmerman: singer/songwriter
Joy Zimmerman & Jimmy Dykes captivate audiences with dynamic vocals, dazzling instrumentals, and stellar harmonies. Each show is a high-energy mix of Joy's award-winning original songs and classic tunes.
Joy is known for compelling vocals, inventive songwriting, and engaging performances. Her music is shaped by diverse musical taste, violin lessons starting before kindergarten, and plenty of soulful moments. Joy's lyrics reflect a deep understanding of human experience. Having met few genres she didn't embrace, Joy's music is eclectic and chock-full of vocal and instrumental versatility.
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 in Nashville at Azalea Studios. Joy's songwriting awards include American Songwriter Lyric Contest Honorable Mention and five Walnut Valley Festival New Song Showcase wins.
Hooked by the Beatles on The Ed Sullivan Show when he was eight, Jimmy Dykes was performing professionally by the age of ten and was most notably playing with the local and regional act Solar Eclipse whose penchant was soul funk and R&B. While not limited to any genre, blues, soul funk, R&B, and jazz have always been home.
Jimmy has played in many bands over the years: JT Cook, SDI (strategic dance initiative), Baby Leroy, Blue Riddim band, Hot House, Thirsty and the Water Boys and has performed with many major artists, including Dr John Shadow, Isaac Hays, Mike Finnigan, Rufas Tomas, Percy Sledge, and toured internationally with Oleta Adams for 17 years.
Knuckleheads, Green Guitar Folk Series, Ginkgo's Concert Series (St. Paul, MN), Louisville Center for the Arts (Louisville, CO), Open Range Concert Series, The InterContinental Hotel, Park Place, Plaza Live!, The Raphael Hotel, The Buffalo Room, Local Life Third Fridays, Downtown Overland Park Farmer's Market, Chick Events Handmade and Vintage, CommuniTea, The Plaza Art Fair, The RecordBar, Private House Concerts, corporate events, fundraisers, weddings and retreats
"Hire Joy and Jimmy today! They have been the stars of the Overland Park Farmers' Market for years and we hope many more years to come. Professionals who know the value of showing up on time, playing beautiful and toe tapping jams, making everyone smile and having fun while they do it. I have had the pleasure of working with them for 2 years now and know them to have the highest standards for their performances. They go above and beyond for our annual Overland Park Fall Festival. They have emceed and played a show after that event which draws over 30,000 people to our Downtown area. True community partners and awesome artists to boot, we cannot recommend this duo highly enough."
- Ellie Haire, Events and Marketing Manager for Downtown Overland Park
Joy Zimmerman & Jimmy Dykes