Vance Joy exploded onto the scene this year with his very successful first single “Riptide”. After quickly capturing our hearts with the upbeat uke-filled number, we’ve been patiently awaiting his debut full length album, Dream Your Life Away. He returns to Toronto to play The Phoenix on November 1st, so let’s up your knowledge on the angelic-voiced Aussie.
Here are ten things you might not know about Vance Joy:
1. Vance Joy is just his stage name, his real name is James Keogh.
2. He has a Arts/Law degree from Monash University.
3. After impressing many at SXSW, Atlantic Records scooped him up for a five album deal.
4. “Riptide” was five years in the making. The first few chords and lines were written back in 2008.
5. Keogh used to play in the Victorian Football League before he started to pursue his music career.
6. He performed a tender version of his anthem “Riptide” at the Indie88 studios for a Collective Arts Black Box Session.
7. He put his band together in just a few short months. Vance had been playing shows solo and when a big tour was finally booked and he didn’t have much time to get a group together.
8. He chose “Vance Joy” as his new moniker after seeing the name in Bliss, a book by Australian author Peter Carey.
9. He cites Father John Misty, Fleet Foxes, Bob Dylan and George Harrison as some of his biggest influences.
10. Vance Joy is the only Triple J Hottest 100 winner to win without even releasing an album.