BUFFALO, NY (WIVB) From a gig as Beyonce’s drummer to White House theaters, Lockport’s own Venzella Joy, or Joy the Drummer as she calls it, has made major moves in her career. The latter took her to the Oscars stage.
“I listened to the music and I was like wow, this singer is really dope, plus I never performed on the Oscars stage. So in between those two things, I was excited to do it.
Joy, along with Zuri Appleby, from Buffalo, performed a touching ballad with British artist Celeste.
“During the actual experience, I’m so focused on doing a great job, sometimes I can get a little lost in the logistics, but once I’m really seated and just think about what the Lord has to do with me. blessed to do, including the Oscars, it’s really just uplifts my spirit and puts me in a space of gratitude.
From her early days in Buffalo to her multiple tours with Queen Bey herself, Joy’s talents have given her many magical moments. She credits her entry into the church with honing her skills and love for music.
“I started playing drums when I was 10 years old. I played in the church and I also played at the Roosevelt Academy. In school I learned theory, reading music, etc., but it was in church that I developed my soul and the feeling of the drums, ”Joy said.
Joy says her next step is focused on production. She has released a new EP and is currently selling merchandise, including replicas of her iconic “Homecoming” whistle, online. She says she looks forward to the next step in her career, and although she has been blessed on her journey, she says anyone can achieve it with hard work, discipline, and a little faith.
“Imagine doing what you want to do successfully and talk about those things in your life. Collect your affirmations, speak your words as my pastor would say. Speak positively about your life, work as hard as you think you can and believe that any young woman can achieve what she wants.
Kelly Khatib is a digital journalist who has been on the News 4 team since 2019. See more of her work here.