Joy Banks

Passion/Calling: Worshipping and leading others in the worship of Jesus Christ through song
•    Began playing piano and reading music at age 9
•    Instruments include: piano, organ, harpsichord, voice, acoustic guitar, flute
•    Music Theory, Vocal, Piano and Guitar instructor
•    Minister of Music Greater Love and Faith Ministries, Gainesville, Florida
•    Musician for Gateway Christian Center Annual Women’s Conference, Gainesville, Fl
•    Choir Director King Celebration Community Choir, Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission of Fl, Inc. (MLKCOF)
•    Former Minister of Music (6 yrs) for the North Central District of United Methodist Churches
•    Former Minister of Music for Mt. Pleasant UMC in Gainesville, Florida
•    Former Minister of Music for Simpson Memorial UMC in Jacksonville, Florida.
•    Former Minister of Music for Mt. Carmel Missionary Baptist Church, Gainesville, Fl
•    Coordinator of music for 2007 Annual Florida Conference of United Methodist Churches, Lakeland, Fl
•    Member of and/or accompanist for chorales/choirs including The Bethune-Cookman Concert Chorale, the USA Sight Singing Chorus, The Florida African Methodist Episcopal Conference, 1000 Voices Chorale sponsored by the Florida Arts Celebration
•    Bethune-Cookman College/University Music Therapy
•    Honorary Doctorate in Theology
•    Recorded two albums: Lord I Welcome Your Love 1993; Let Him In 1994
•    Penned 18 songs filed with BMI/Library of Congress, Washington, DC
•    Produced/directed the Voices of The New Millennium Choir 2000 through 2003 (sponsored by The Florida Arts Celebration - debuted in 2000 at the Phillips Center for the Performing Arts in Gainesville, FL and represented 26 churches from Alachua, Levy and Marion counties)
•    Co-founder/president of Helping Hands for Healing Hearts Ministry  - assisting over 700 individuals with food, clothing, etc. since 1994
•    Founder For Him Alone Community Ministry and For Him Alone Community Choir founded 2011
•    Co-organizer for 1995 Christian Leadership Conference for 1000 college aged students in Moscow, Russia
•    Florida Girl Scout Gateway Council 2003 “Women Who Make A Difference” recipient
•    2001 The Links Woman of the Year
•    Who’s Who in American Music 1982
•    Music Director for: “Jazz 101”; “Moments In Time”; “A Night of Excellence in Music” featuring Columbia recording artist Eddie Cook; “Stepping Out On  My Own” featuring Germany’s Gail Anderson; “Ain’t Mis Behavin” directed by Marion J. Caffey
•    Featured soloist for: Jacksonville Urban League Fall Gala (3 yrs); Opening act “Hooked on Broadway” with Marion J. Caffey;  participant in The Florida Folk Festival 1994-1995
•    Gainesville, Fl resident. Mother of  adult son Stephen and daughter RaChelle Banks

Comments: Joy is one of my favorite musicians.  She's a superb pianist with a voice that is sort of like a contradiction; I describe it as angelic, yet powerful.  Can the two coexist in one person?  Absolutely!  In her they do! Lanard 

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