Joyce Johnson Rouse

 
 

Biography and Discography

Joyce Johnson Rouse - songwriter/composer



      Joyce Rouse is a singer, songwriter, entertainer, eco-speaker, educator and creator of the Earth Mama® music projects.  Her songs are heard world-wide through broadcast media, and on her recordings which now play on six continents. Through her live Earth Mama sustainability concerts, she has entertained more than 65,000 people over the last decade.

In 2008 she wrote and recorded “Virginia Beauty, A Love Song for the Commonwealth,” which has been widely circulated as a possible new state song for Virginia. Joyce was honored to have the Highland Camerata feature the song in its Minds Wide Open program, honoring Virginia Women in the Arts. In 2011 the Virginia Choral Society of Newport News, Virginia debuted a new eight part choral arrangement for larger choirs, arranged by James Powers, artistic director.

        With more than 100 recordings bearing her writer credits, Joyce has had songs recorded by  Maureen McGovern, Marie Osmond, Jana Stanfield, Ireland’s Drumalis Choir and others.  Her music has been used extensively  in educational venues and by international environmental and peace organizations such as the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, UNESCO, and International Earth Charter. I

        In August, 1995 the United States celebrated the 75th anniversary of the 19th amendment,  which granted  women the right to vote. Joyce wrote and performed the theme song, Standing on the Shoulders, which premiered at official events in Washington, D.C.The song continues to be performed world wide, and has been translated into additional languages each year by community, business and religious leaders wishing to share the message with international audiences.

She holds a B.S. degree in Home Economics Education from Iowa State University, where she also gained considerable experience in music, theater and music composition, and an M.A. degree in Earth Literacy from Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College in Indiana.  Joyce has been active in the music industry for more than 25 years and is co-founder of the world's first 24 hour radio station devoted to eco music, conservation and sustainability.

   She lives with her husband, Richard, in Independence, VA, where she is involved in a variety of community organizations.

     Joyce continues to write, produce, publish, perform and teach with an emphasis on sustainability, peace and justice. Her goal is: “Helping Heal the Planet One Song at a Time.”

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