On December 1, Samara Joy will kick off her A Joyful Holiday Tour in Houston. She has stops in Nashville, Atlanta, Philadelphia and more. In NYC, she has two highly anticipated hometown shows at the Apollo Theater. See all of Samara Joy’s “A Joyful Holiday Tour” dates and ticket information here!
The 14-date holiday tour coincides with the Grammy winner’s new festive EP, A Joyful Holiday, released via Verve. The six-song collection of seasonal favorites is an extension of her latest album, Linger Awhile, featuring a similar cast of jazz musicians—Pasquale Grasso on guitar, David Wong on bass and Kenny Washington on drums, plus Sullivan Fortner on piano.
Produced by Matt Pierson, the EP includes previously released singles “O Holy Night” (performed with multiple generations of her family) and “Warm in December,” in addition to a new recording of Stevie Wonder’s “Twinkle Twinkle Little Me” and both a studio and live version of “The Christmas Song.”
On the road, Joy will perform songs from her holiday EP with surprise performances from Joy’s family members. This includes her father, Antonio McLendon; her uncle, Laurone McLendon; her cousin, Tommy Niblack; and her cousin, T Lovey Rowe.
Joy won this year’s Grammys in the categories of Best New Artist and Best Jazz Vocal Album. Her latest studio album, Linger Awhile, reached No. 1 on Amazon Best Sellers, Billboard Jazz, Pandora Trendsetters, iTunes and Amazon’s digital-music and CD sales, and more. And, while surpassing one million social media followers and selling out tour dates at an international scale, Joy is cementing herself as the first Gen-Z jazz singing star.
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