Atlas Rising



Joy Nesbitt is a jazz-influenced neo-soul artist and theatrical director from Dallas, Texas. Growing up, Joy was surrounded by multiple sonic influences, from George Clinton to Stevie Wonder. Currently navigating life as a Harvard student, 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. Since then, with the program’s support and guidance, Joy has been working with a team of rising female music professionals and fellow She Is The Music mentees to launch Atlas Rising.


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.