Vance Joy: Bio, Life, Career, Awards, Facts, Trivia, Favorites

Vance Joy: A Quick-Read Bio Revealed

Here’s the bio, life, career, awards, facts, trivia, and favorites of Vance Joy. We would like to take you through the chapters in the life and career of one of the world’s talented musicians. This is Australian Unwrapped’s compilation of research about Vance Joy. Enjoy the journey!

Full Name: James Gabriel Keogh

Born: December 1, 1987

Origin: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Genres: Indie pop – Indie folk

Zodiac: Sagittarius

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Early Start

  • Joy graduated from St Kevin’s College, Toorak, in 2005 as school captain.
  • A bachelor’s degree in arts and a bachelor’s degree in law were later obtained by Joy at Monash University.
  • He played Australian rules football before beginning his music career.
  • His best first-year player award in 2008 came from playing for the Coburg Football Club, then called the Coburg Tigers, in the Victorian Football League (VFL).



Career Journey

  • 2013: His debut single “From Afar” came out to the public.
  • 2014: His debut album, Dream Your Life Away was released in September of this year.
  • 2015: “Georgia” was released as a single (February). He performed “Riptide” in a duet featuring Quentin Alexander in May of this year.
  • 2017: Two singles from his second studio album were “Lay It All on Me”, which was nominated for Song of the Year at the ARIA Music Awards (2018), and “Like Gold” in November, which made it to the number 14 spot on the Australian charts and ARIA’s certified Gold(2019).
  • 2018: While Joy was opening for the 1989 World Tour, he launched “We’re Going Home”. “Saturday Sun” was released as the fourth single, which was inspired by the beaches along the Pacific Coast Highway in Los Angeles.



Awards & Recognition

  • He won 13 awards from 67 nominations.
  • AIR Awards
  • APRA Music Awards
  • ARIA Music Awards
  • ASCAP Pop Music Awards
  • CBC Music Awards
  • Channel [V] Awards
  • Helpmann Awards
  • International Songwriting Competition
  • J Award
  • Juno Awards
  • 11 MTV Awards
  • MTV Europe Music Award
  • MTV Video Music Awards
  • Music Victoria Awards
  • National Live Music Awards
  • Newbie Awards
  • IT List Awards
  • The AU Awards
  • VH1’s Big Music: You Oughta Know
  • World Music Awards



Fun Facts & Trivia

  • His stage name Vance Joy originally comes from a novel called Bliss by Australian author Peter Carey who had a small appearance in the book.
  • He studied Law for 6 years and stopped when he only needed a year-long traineeship to become fully qualified as a lawyer.
  • He’s into football! He played professionally as a defender with the Coburg Football Club (the reserves club for Richmond) for five full seasons.



Artist’s Favorites

Emoji:  Monkey with hands over his eyes
Crush:  Michelle Williams
Comedian:  Jim Carrey
Bands:  Metallica, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Savage Garden
Food Indulgence:  Cinnabons
Actress:  Michelle Pfeiffer, Claire Danes, Nicole Kidman
Animated Movie:  The Muppets (2011), Muppets Most Wanted (2014)



Australian Unwrapped’s Chosen Song from Vance Joy:


Length: 3:24

Release: 2013

Opening Lyrics:

I was scared of dentists and the dark
I was scared of pretty girls and starting conversations
Oh, all my friends are turning green
You’re the magician’s assistant in their dream
Ah-ooh-ooh-ooh, ah-ahh-ah-ah
And they come unstuck
Lady, running down to the riptide
Taken away to the dark side
I wanna be your left hand man
I love you when you’re singing that song
And I got a lump in my throat
‘Cause you’re gonna sing the words wrong

More Songs to Listen to:

Vance Joy: Top 5 Songs



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