New Zealand music artist Joy Adams has released her brand-new highly-anticipated 12-track
album ‘Just One Little Thing’.
Joy Adams, has had a long and eventful career. She has recorded over 20 successful albums,
traveled the world performing, won numerous awards, had her songs recorded by other artists,
been a DJ, a philanthropist with the StarBuddy Charitable Trust which she founded, and the list
goes on and on. She has had the type of career today’s country music artists dream of. The
laurels of her successes would be something to retire upon. And Joy had fully intended to do
exactly that. Covid restrictions caused the elimination of public performance and it seemed the
perfect jumping off point to complete her career on a high note having just received a Lifetime
Achievement Award from the New Zealand Country Music Association – but there was another
plan in the stars.
Joy has been working with Gary R. Farmer in Flintstone, Georgia on what started as a simple
demo and a “I wonder if…” jump into recording long distance over the internet. She had started
doing a weekly radio show for the New Zealand Country Music Radio network… something to fill
the idle time during COVID isolation. The show began with one per week, then two, then three
to promote other artists but not necessarily herself. Farmer was able to give her the
encouragement to try recording a raw vocal and send it to him to complete a song she had
written for which he had completed a backing recording. She completed ‘Love Is’ and released it
for digital distribution. Little did she know a new album was in her future. All the while she
continued to say, “I am not going to do another album.”
Gary R. Farmer has been quietly producing albums for artists worldwide for the last 30-years.
He started working with Joy and kept proding her to try new things. They started co-writing
together, which is something he always steers clear of. “Things can get messy with co-writes.”
says Farmer “Publishing, percentage of ownership, song direction, production, just lots of
variables to take into account. We have a good working arrangement. I do a music background
and an idea. She runs with the lyrics and melody….it just works!”
One song soon became enough for a new album with a few cover songs thrown into the mix.
Just One Little Thing, is the title of the latest album. The title cut and accompanying video
approaches the subject of it only taking one small thing to make a huge difference in someone’s
life. There are 12 cuts that while having country music leanings also appeal to an adult
contemporary market. Traditional, strong harmonies, excellent subjects, and positive
reinforcement of values in a time that the world struggles. For an album that wasn’t supposed to
happen it’s a pleasant reminder that the world can survive with, Just One Little Thing.
Check out the music video for the title-track ‘Just One Little Thing’, here.
Till You’re in My Arms Again
Just One Little Thing
Better Things In Life (To Loving You)
You’ll Always Be Special To Me
That’s Why I Love You Like I Do
Columbus Stockade Blues
Teach Your Children
He Doesn’t Love You Anymore
Make The World Go Away