Atlas Rising



Joy Nesbitt is a jazz-influenced neo-soul artist and theatrical director originally from Dallas, Texas. Growing up, Joy was surrounded by multiple sonic influences, from George Clinton to Stevie Wonder. In her art, Joy draws from her experiences as a Black woman constantly having to reaffirm her identity to create acoustic soul music and meaningful theater that drips emotion and authenticity. Her music is about Black feminine stories, and she leads by example for Black women to re-inhabit their identities and live unapologetically in themselves. In the summer of 2020, Joy was accepted into She Is The Music’s mentorship program as a songwriting mentee, kicking off the inception of her first album, Atlas Rising, which she released in February 2021. At the end of the program, Joy Nesbitt was honored to be featured in Alicia Keys' Masterclass episode on songwriting, where they workshopped her song, "Echo." Joy is a 2021 recipient of the Louis Sudler Prize in the Arts from Harvard University for the sum of her artistic activities as a student. 

She has been lucky to be instructed by other music greats like Esperanza Spalding, Stew, and Vijay Iyer. Additionally, she has directed four zoom productions throughout the pandemic, all of which raised money to assist communities most affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. In the 2021-2022 school year, Joy will be attending The Lir Academy of Dramatic Art in partnership with Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland, as a George J. Mitchell Scholar through the US-Ireland Alliance.


Dedicating her musical honesty to powerful icons such as Lauryn Hill and Moses Sumney, Joy continues to be a voice and leader, a picture of what it means to be unapologetically Black.