Joy Mack one of Lover's Rock's First Ladies of the 70's

Joy Mack's Bio

Joy Mack




Joy Mack has 30 years of experience as a performance artist, and continues to work professionally in England, Brussels, Belgium, France, Africa and the Caribbean. Hailed as the UK reggae Queen and First Lady in the 70's. 

Joy's single 'You Had Your Chance' soared to number one of the UK Reggae charts in 1978 for eight weeks and won her a BBC Radio Silver Disc. Other awards Joy has received are, British Black Music Award for outstanding contribution to Black Music, British Black Music History Achievement Award and Caribbean Entertainment Achievement Award.


Joy has featured with and supported many great artistes including Desmond Deker, The Pioneers, Owen Gray, Roy Shirley, Patti LaBelle, Fredlocks, John Holt, Gregory Isaacs, Ija-Man Levi, Mighty Diamonds, Jesse Green, The Chosen Few and Luciano unplugged.

Joy has performed live and has been broadcasted on television worldwide venues which include His Majesty's Theatre Ethiopia, Astoria London, Hackney Empire, The Ocean Hackney, Q Club, Whisky a Go Go, Humming Bird and Birmingham Civic Hall West Midlands.                        

She has toured extensively in Paris on the promo tour for  'You Had Your Chance' and as a cabaret artist for a group of hotels in Jamaica, including the Jamaica Grand as well as The British Lovers Rock Tour including Hammersmith Palais.  

Joy starred for three years as a singer and storyteller on Cable Television in Jamaica, called 'Once Upon a Time'. She also hosted a children's programme on Roots FM Community Radio station in Jamaica, called 'Old Story Time' using the traditional Jamaican dialect.

Record releases include 'You Had Your Chance', 'Woh Unto Dem', 'Serious Sting', 'Eternal Light', 'Thoughts of Love', 'Inseparable', 'Reality', 'Talk To Me', 'The Way We Were', 'I Do', 'At The Club', 'Melody of Life' for labels such as Arawak Records, Mandela Records, Right Sound (460 Records), Sunbeam Records, Magnet Records and Jet Star Promotion.

She co-starred in the musical adaptation of the film 'The Harder They Come' for Theatre Royal Stratford in the East Spring Season of 2006, where she played the role of Miss Daisy - Ivan's mother. Since then the play has returned to the theatre scene and ran at various venues in the West End including the 'Playhouse Theatre' but to name a few in 2008. It then went on to tour Toronto and Miami in 2009, followed by a UK tour in 2010. 'The Harder They Come' is scheduled to return in 2012 for a world tour. 

Other plays includes 'Gully Side' where she played the character of Miss Aida. The show ran at the Blue Mountain Theatre - Catford and in the West Midlands in 2008 after the West End shows of 'The Harder They Come'.

Recent film work includes Gloria in 'That Samba Thing' directed by Teddy Hayes for SKD Productions.

Joy continues to work on the Reggae circuit doing PA's and live band work with Sista Band and is currently working on her new album.