Polished and precise, yet buoyed with an airy grace, Joy Ike paints with a broad palette that defies easy categorization. The Nigerian-American, Philadelphia-based artist crafts music at turns soaring and plaintive, drawing comparisons to female musicians such as Nina Simone, Laura Nyro, and Regina Spektor. But her percussive piano-playing and soaring vocals give homage to her African upbringing.
Written over a four-year period Bigger Than Your Box is a record that is joyously defiant, standing proud and wrapped in blasts of exotic color. It dares us to believe in ourselves, to knock down the walls of fear and doubt we build around ourselves and dive head first into the unseen. Ike. Bigger Than Your Box boldly explores what Ike often refers to as divine discontentment; the restless middle ground between what is and what ought to be. “The spiritual mystery of life and the ever-present Spirit of God that embraces us in our most helpless state.”