Brisbane producer JOY to Demi Lovato: "I'm totally unsure as to how you even came across my music, but thank you so much for sharing it with the world."



It's a classic case of "keep on keeping on" that all artists face. And today Brisbane-based producer and singer/songwriter JOY. (aka Olivia McCarthy) woke to a flutter of Twitter notifications saying that the Disney star-turned serious pop icon Demi Lovato had tweeted, "My new favourite artist is JOY."

McCarthy said it took a while to work out if it was a serious tweet from Lovato or a hack, but when it became apparent the moniker she was indeed referring to was McCarthy's own, she was overcome taking to Instagram with a screen shot with a caption that read:

"Sometimes I wake up and I’m like 'why the hell did I decide to do music as a career', this sh** is hard. Sometimes I wake up and instantly go back to sleep because I don’t think anybody will ever hear my songs. Most days I wake up already feeling defeated, I am so small in this huge world. Sometimes I hear my phone going off at early hours of the morning and I throw it against the wall because I’m scared to see people hating. I’m so glad that I looked at my Twitter this morning because I was so not expecting this. I legitimately thought it was either a hacker or a punk. I’m totally unsure as to how you even came across my music to begin with @ddlovato , but thank you so much for sharing it with the world. I watched you perform a few weeks ago and was so inspired by you selling out stadiums across the globe. I never imagined this. So #blessed that an icon like you would use your platform to promote my songs. I’m just a lil girl from Brisbane Australia, who started making music in her bedroom because I didn’t know what else to do with my life. This makes everything worth it. Jesustakethewheel."

Lovato is not the first to gush over JOY.'s music - Zane Lowe of Beats 1 named the artist as one to watch late last year. Indeed Music Love was also gushing over her debut single Smoke Too Much just last November. A number of Australian women who are producing music such as Eilish Gilligan and Woodes have also praised McCarthy for her songs and skill in the studio.

Simply put JOY. moves people. Her music and heart and motivation inspires many.


JOY.'s EP Six is out now and her Australian headlining tour kicks off 24 March. 


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