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Album Review

Joy Williams emerged as one of contemporary Christian music's more talented vocalists in the early 2000s. She returned at age 22 with this third offering, which was sprinkled with hints of more driving pop/rock in the same vein as Michelle Branch and Vanessa Carlton. What distinguished this go-around was a well-managed attempt at becoming more than just another teen pop voice. It helped that she took the daunting step of co-writing all ten tracks, particularly since the remainder of the writing team included the talents of Matthew West, Jason Ingram, Ian Eskelin and Ben Glover. Genesis was aptly named — a strong showing and sort of reinvention for one who already found success in her youth. Fans of mid-career Rachael Lampa and Jaci Velasquez have plenty to make them happy with this favorable collection of upbeat, thoughtful tunes.

Customer Reviews

Suspect review by BILLYJOELFAN

"BILLYJOELFAN" feels that Joy Williams is nothing special, but this is the same fan that thinks the artist Tamar Kaprelian is amazing. Funny that the reviewer categorizes Joy's writing as "blase," when it's clear he/she is aware of the connection between the song that Tamar wrote in 2008 (New Day) that has almost exactly the same chorus as Joy's song from 2005 (Say Goodbye). Tamar stole Joy's chorus, so does that make Tamar's writing 'blase' too by default? I would deem the review by BILLYJOELFAN therefore inappropriate and irrelevant, seeing as he/she came to Joy's page in some lame attempt to support Tamar by bashing the writer who came up with the chorus first. As for Joy, I think her music is pleasant...I am not a huge fan of either Joy or Tamar. But in fairness, Joy did write the chorus years before Tamar did. Maybe BillyJoelFan should tell the musicologists how blase both choruses are!


Joy Williams, Genesis, is an awesome album. I would recomend it for anyone who is considering to buy it. All of the songs are great, but my favorites are Unafraid, Silence and Say Goodbye. I have loved listening to this album over and over again. God Only Knows is a great song too.

Inspirational and Wonderful

She is so good. I love her music. It's well done, soothing, inspirational, and motivating all at the same time. This particular album is her best work and it's truly amazing to still have her songs on the radio since this was made in 2005! Joy, please make another album soon, you have a lot of talent, and the world needs to hear it. Look forward to the potential of a new album. God Bless you.


Born: November 14, 1982 in Mount Hermon, CA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Joy Elizabeth Williams initially planned on a career in journalism or family therapy. Instead, the California resident signed with Reunion Records at the age of 17 and released her debut project in 2001. Mixing elements of contemporary Christian music into an intimate form of pop music, she enjoyed a successful CCM career during the early 2000s, earning multiple nominations at the Dove Awards and selling over 250,000 copies of her first three albums. Williams eventually expanded beyond the sacred...
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