Polydor publish Ayo’s debut album : ‘Joyful’ featuring ‘Down On My Knees’ (2006)

Ayo’s ‘Joyful’ is her debut album released on June 12, 2006 by Polydor.

Track Listing : 1.Down On My Knees (Joy Olasunmibo Ogunmakin, George Brenner) – 4:01 . 2.Without You (Joy Olasunmibo Ogunmakin) – 03:57 . 3.Letter By Letter (Joy Olasunmibo Ogunmakin) – 03:13 . 4.How Many Times? (Joy Olasunmibo Ogunmakin) – 03:28 . 5.And It’S Supposed To Be Love (Abbey Lincoln) – 4:59 . 6.Watching You (Joy Olasunmibo Ogunmakin) – 03:53 . 7.Only You (Joy Olasunmibo Ogunmakin) – 03:55 . 8.Help Is Coming (Joy Olasunmibo Ogunmakin) – 03:55 . 9.These Days (Joy Olasunmibo Ogunmakin) – 04:48 . 10.Life Is Real (Joy Olasunmibo Ogunmakin) – 04:48 . 11.What Is Love? (Joy Olasunmibo Ogunmakin) – 04:26 . 12.Neva Been (Joy Olasunmibo Ogunmakin) – 04:19

Musicians : Ayo – Vocals, Acoustic Guitar, Piano . Larry Campbell – Guitar, Steel Guitar, Mandolin . Brian Mitchell – Hammond B-3, Accordion, Harmonica, Bass Harmonica, Piano . Keith Christopher – Bass Great Feel . James Wormworth – Drums . Danny Sadownick – Percussion . Kyle Gordon – Backing Vocals

Production : Produced By Jay Newland Jay Newland – Engineer . Andy Manganello – Engineer . Geoff Rice – Assistant . Mark Wilder – Mastering . Rivermusic Norwalk – Mixing

Recorded In January 2006 At Sony Music Studios (New York City, New York).

Released On June 12, 2006 By Polydor.


Not brassy, but holding a slight whine, the sound of Ayo’s voice says simply “Please listen. I am opening up for you.” However this insistent quality remains almost uniform throughout the album, which treats topics from familial appreciation, to spiritual faith, to rejected advice and comfort for the oppressed. […]

There is always the risk that acoustic, folk influenced albums like Joyful fall into a rut of sameness. However, Joyful never succumbs to that shortcoming. The album is addresses a variety of topics and never settles into one tempo. Ayo also has a delightful voiceand the fact that she has major label support might help that voice get heard. – See more at: http://www.soultracks.com/Ayo_Joyful_Album_Review#sthash.YDFG30yO.dpuf […]

Perhaps in the hands of a different producer Joyful may have lived up to its name and created waves of ecstasy and exultation amongst the masses; as it stands, its appeal will be limited to the coffee table crowd. […]


Ayo’s ‘Joyful’


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