Beyond the Shadows
Randi Joy's music has been described as 'powerful' by her listeners. It's an emotional, original blend of classic art rock and punk with the edge of modern angst. The songs all tell a story, each a piece of her own personal life. Writing music has been part of Randi's psychological and emotional therapy, and writing with honesty and integrity about real people and real experiences is at the forefront of her style. Influences are art rock from the 60s and 70s (Pink Floyd, Alan Parsons, King Crimson, Clapton, Santana, Blackmore, Jefferson Airplane, Neil Young), glam and punk 80s (Benatar, Patti Smith, Blondie) and hard-edge 90s (Pearl Jam, Alanis Morisette). People have compared her style to: Melissa Ethridge, Alanis Morisette, Patti Smith, Throwing Muses, Benatar, Jefferson Airplane/Starship/Grace Slick, Rush, Jane's Addiction, Judy Collins, Procal Harum, Pink Floyd/David Gilmour, Lena Horn, Moody Blues, Breeders, Amps, Velocity Girl, Joplin, X/Excene, PJ Harvey, Go-Gos, Germs, Dead Kennedys, Stevie Nicks, Joni Mitchell, Aimee Mann, Salad, Gwen Stefani, Blondie, Pixies, Weezer, Sleater Kinney, White Stripes. She picked up her mother's nylon acoustic guitar at age six and has been playing and writing ever since. She had some classes, lessons, and enrollment in a Northern California guitar school, lead by GIT instructor Vic Trigger, but most of her education came from playing on stage and in the studio. Starting with folk and country, she then spent about eight years as guitarist, singer, and writer for the 80s cult art band Key of Magic. They performed a variety of covers and originals and recorded a series of demos. Randi co-produced their full-length album project, 'In the Key of Magic'. Following this, she worked with Guitar Player Editor, producer, and studio owner Mike Molenda, in two of his bands, Soul Poets and Ascot Jacket.While Soul Poets produced mostly power pop ballads, the latter gave Randi experience playing hard and fast glam-punk, as well as recording on several CD projects. Now, as a solo artist, writer, producer, and owner of her own label, Randi debuts her first CD 'Beyond the Shadows'. She believes her years of experience combined with a fresh enthusiasm has helped her to create her best work yet, and looks forward to a future of continued recording projects.