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NEW NOISE: JOYCE WRICE

The bewitching songstress about to hit the big time.

Bra LES GIRLS LES BOYS, earrings EZAH IKUY and vintage coat THE PATTERN

Sometimes you hear a voice and you just have that instant feeling that you’re witnessing something special. Such is the case with Joyce Wrice. The California born singer delicately weaves delicious R&B sounds with her delicate vocals to create utterly spellbinding numbers that saw her past EPs – debut “Stay Around” and last year’s “Good Morning” – hailed as the start of something exciting.

Now with new music to – hopefully! – share soon, her 90s R&B stylings are destined to wow the world. We caught up with her to find out just how she’s getting ready for her place in the spotlight.

(LEFT) Tracksuit top ELLISS
(RIGHT) Hairband & boa ZIZI DONOHOE, jumper ARIES and earrings stylist’s own

Where did you grow up and how, if at all, did that place inspire your music?

I grew up in Chula Vista, California which is a town in San Diego. Well, I met a friend in high school who would bring his ukulele to school everyday and during lunch he’d ask me to sing and once he got me to do it he realized: “She can sing! And we like the same songs!” So we started to meet up after school and on weekends to cover hip-hop and R&B artists that we liked and post them on youtube. Fortunately they did well and because of those experiences I decided to keep creating music!

What was the first song you remember hearing?

“Only You” by 112 ft Biggie!

When did you first start making music?

I think it was during my early years of college. I had my first recording session with Polyester the Saint.

At that point, did you have a sound in mind you wanted to own?

I wasn’t sure yet. I knew that I liked 90s R&B and early 2000s sounds for sure but I was still unsure and figuring it out with producers and writers in LA.

You can hear the 90s influence in your songs – who from that decade inspires you most? And what topics do you like to write about?

Brandy definitely inspires me the most. My EP “Stay Around” has like a more classic R&B sound that is inspired by Brandy for sure. I like to write about anything really but most of the time it’s about relationships and love…

How much of an impact can music have on the world?

A huge one for sure. Music is undeniable! People from different backgrounds, whether it’s political views and/or religious views, will still be in the same venue for the love of music. Music is powerful.

Bra LES GIRLS LES BOYS, earrings EZAH IKUY and vintage coat THE PATTERN

The COLORS sessions are almost becoming a right of passage for new artists passing through Europe – how has that helped you?

It has definitely introduced my music to so many more people from all over the world. It’s incredible. People watch that channel religiously and I can see why! You can learn about new music and it’s so organic and raw. I’m so grateful for the opportunity.

How much do you value the live performance against recording tracks?

Live performance is such a whole different piece to music. I’m really learning this! I’ve been so blessed to travel and go on tour internationally and domestically. And it’s so fun to sing my songs differently, engage with the audience and almost remix my records in a way. That’s when you can really explore and experiment, versus when you record, you have to keep it structured a certain way. But recording is fun too because you can add so many layers and ad-libs to the record as opposed to when you’re live you can only sing so much!

What’s been the high point of your career so far?

Touring for sure. I have gained fans in Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Korea, and Europe and it’s amazing how I’ve been able to perform there and share moments with my supporters. It’s still so surreal to me and I have so much appreciation.

What’d be the ultimate achievement?

I just really want to keep making music, performing all over the world and making people happy with my voice and keep developing my self as an artist!

What plans do you have for 2018?

I like to keep those things a secret! But just know I’ve been working on a lot of new things and I cannot wait to share!

(LEFT) Cashmere socks ARELA, slippers & boa ZIZI DONOHOE, jumper ARIES, skirt DE LA VALI and earrings stylist’s own
(RIGHT) Hairband & boa ZIZI DONOHOE, jumper ARIES, skirt DE LA VALI and earrings stylist’s own

Photography
Erika Bowes
Fashion
Ella Lucia
Words
Sam Higgins
NEW NOISE: JOYCE WRICE

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