What if you took Melanie Martinez’s energy, but made it moodier? Joy Kate’s latest release, “Puppet”, does exactly that! The single is a hauntingly beautiful ballad whose vibes will have you thinking about the ex that you never had. In spite of its bittersweet sentiment, the track speaks to the power that we all possess to take ownership of and value who we are. Manipulated and used, Joy Kate is bound to an unhealthy relationship that has left her feeling broken. Instead of staying, though, she sorrowfully yet confidently reclaims her independence by cutting ties with someone who doesn’t treat her the way she deserves. It is safe to say that “Puppet” will definitely tug on your heartstrings.
Throughout the track, Joy Kate’s gentle vocals are paired with an equally tender instrumental of piano and strings. But, the chorus hits different: percussion elements come in and Kate’s voice swells with emotion, helping build the overall melancholy tone of the song. Three-time Grammy-nominated producer Johnny Black (Jessie J, Estelle, Mr. Probz, Daughtry) and Grammy-nominated mixer and sound engineer, Mike Piazza, co-wrote the song with Joy Kate and also produced and mixed the single. Through their combined efforts, they were able to create a track that seamlessly achieves both punch-in-the-gut feels and delicate whimsy.
Hailing from the South, Joy Kate is a multifaceted singer-songwriter, actress, and instrumentalist who has been making music for as long as she can remember. When she was 16, Joy Kate graduated high school early and was accepted into the prestigious Clive Davis Song Writing Institute at NYU. Foregoing college life at such a young age, she took a gap year to pursue music and acting opportunities that had fallen her way. She divided her time between Nashville, where she was songwriting and releasing new electronic-pop music, and Los Angeles where she was focusing on the acting and filming side of her artistry. She was in supporting roles in the Netflix original Malicious and the yet unreleased feature film, Indigo Valley which was written and directed by Emmy award-winning Jaclyn Bethany. Utilizing influences from her filming experiences, Joy Kate then wrote and released her first cinematic pop song and video, “Undertow” which has since received numerous nominations and awards including the overall winner at the acclaimed Redwood Film Festival 2020. Continuing her artistic endeavors, Joy Kate is now a New York transplant as a student at NYU honing her craft of music writing and production, to not only provoke and inspire thought through musical journal entries of her most personal highs and lows but also to capture the stories and struggles of those around her.