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About Joy Lapps:
Joy Lapps began playing the steel pan in 1997 at Malvern’s Church of the Nativity under the direction of Vince Cato. As she realized her love for the instrument, her solo career soon came alive, earning her the nickname "Princess of Pan." Her efficiency with the tenor pan and her diverse performance range have led to great audience receptions, and flattering recognition from seasoned professional pannists. Joy performs primarily as a soloist, with her jazz trio featuring Andrew Stewart (electric bass) and Larnell Lewis (drums) or with her larger musical project.
As an audience favourite, Joy brings her genuine and bright personality to performances where she is known for gripping audiences. Joy has released three recordings: Praise on Pan: How Great Thou Art (2004), Make a Joyful Noise (2006) and It's Christmas Time (2007). Thankful for the opportunity to record great songs written by other artists, Joy is currently focused on writing and arranging new music for her ensembles.
In addition to her work as a stage musician, Joy works part-time as an arts administrator and steel pan instructor at Drum Artz Canada, a registered charity committed to making music and arts programming accessible to all people. She also teaches steel pan within the Toronto District School Board and serves in the Worship and Creative Arts Ministry at her home church, Malvern Christian Assembly.
Reflecting on her blessings, Joy offers a four-fold explanation for her progress, noting first and foremost, “God’s gift of music, dedicated teachers, extremely nurturing parents, and a supportive family and community”.
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