Chris Sampson is the Founder and Professor of Songwriting at the Popular Music Program at the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music. Chris has interviewed over 400 music professionals including some of the most iconic names in the industry. Chris' personal mission is to provide a platform for emerging artists.
Emma Charles is looking to the past to create her future. Emma evokes the great singer-songwriter traditions of Laurel Canyon while always remaining current in her sound and in her writing. Her new EP titled Connecticut is a dreamy snapshot of an artist in transition who is constantly reflecting on her experiences. Emma was recently chosen as a 2020 Billboard "Breakout Emerging Artist" as well as a "What's Next" artist by the world's largest music compilation brand Now, That's What I Call Music. Emma is currently scheduled to go on tour supporting SHEL beginning May 19th. Follow Emma @emmacharlesmusic
Alexa Villa is a rock star. She has the swagger and attitude of iconic singers such as Robert Plant and Mick Jagger, but her music and style is completely her own. Alexa is fearless in expressing herself through her music and her fashion. Ultimately, she wants to be a role model for the “outsiders” and rebels who see the world through a slightly different lens and lives every day by her own motto, “embrace your crazy.” Alexa is planning to roll out a number of singles throughout 2020 – the most recent of which is “Invisible.” You can hear a live version of “Invisible” in this episode along with two other songs performed live from the Joy Sounds studio – “Not Your Fool” and “Ruins.” Alexa is also an amazing live performer, so you’ll want to follow her to keep up with upcoming live schedule. Follow her at @thealexavilla
The GRAMMY Museum supports emerging artists through their signature education programs such as GRAMMY Camp - a 5 day summer music industry camp for high school students. GRAMMY Camp is held in Los Angeles and Miami and the deadline to apply is March 31st. Also, the GRAMMY Museum recognizes outstanding music teachers through their Music Educator Award. During this Joy Sounds Spotlight we meet David Sears, Executive Education Director for the GRAMMY Museum to learn more about these programs and other initiatives from the Museum. Find out more about all their programs at
The Still Tide is in a constant state of change. Stemming from their move from New York City to Denver, Colorado – you can hear themes of transition, growth and awareness throughout their music. The Still Tide has a signature sonic quality that is also constantly shifting and blooming. Anna Morsett and Jake Miller of The Still Tide talk about how they arrived at this unique sound and how they created their new record, “Between Skies.” The Still Tide are about to embark on a west coast tour March 19th through May 2nd – you can check all the dates and locations at During this episode, The Still Tide perform three songs live from the Joy Sound studio – “Grow Again,” “Change of Address,” and “Renting Space.” Follow The Still Tide at @thestilltide
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Jul 1st, 1969
Los Angeles, CA, USA
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