Mama Joy Rising has been writing and performing songs since 2002, when she moved to Charlottesville and teamed up with the "acoustic mafia". With their help she performed all over C'ville, including opening for Odetta at the old Gravity Lounge (now The Southern Music Hall). She can be seen performing in the Rainbow Gathering documentary Welcome Home (17 minutes in).
She has traveled across the country, playing on a grassroots level, barefoot and busking. She calls the Appalachia Mountains her home and makes her way across it, writing songs to defend Mother Earth, and reaching out to the incarcerated and houseless.
Her sound travels as much as herself, ranging from spoken word performance poetry to outlaw country to Americana to marching tunes.
You can hear her songs and watch her videos by following her on Instagram and subscribing to her YouTube channel! You can also purchase her music on CdBaby and check out her website @ (https://mamajoyrising.wixsite.com/mamajoyrising)