'The Independent Music Show Magazine' August 2019 - Page 19

Joey Stuckey is an award-winning blind guitarist, songwriter, singer, composer, producer, radio and television personality, music columnist, educator and sound engineer. He is also the official music ambassador for his home town of Macon Georgia.

Joey's guitar style is reminiscent of rocker Jeff Beck and jazzer Wes Montgomery, while his vocal influences range from Mel Torme to Gregg Allman.

As an infant, Joey lost his sight and sense of smell as the result of a brain tumor and was introduced to music from an early age. His mother enjoyed opera, while his dad enjoyed country music.

When he was 13, Stuckey developed pneumonia and eventually had

to be home schooled for an entire year.

"I lived for my shows on Saturdays," says Joey. "I was a huge

fan of public radio and on Saturdays, I listened to a show

called, 'After Space.' It was DJ'd and produced by a guy

called Rob Thomas (who eventually became a good

friend and is still a great friend today). He would play

radio shows like, 'The Lone Ranger,' 'The Shadow,' and

other classic shows. I was so enamored with these

stories - the sound effects and narration broadcast in

a format accessible for the blind were just amazing.

" The showwas produced so eloquently, Joey decided

that sound production was what he wanted to do with

his life.

What began as a simple statement turned into a

life-long passion. After that evolutionary period

in his life, Joey bought all kinds of sound

equipment and was soon recording sessions

in his house with various garage bands.

He was amazed at the writing ability

from the many musicians he came

across. "I realized, at that point,

that there were things I wanted

to share with the world,"

says Stuckey. "And I knew

that the medium for

that was music."

Without missing a beat, Joey graduated from high school at the age of 14 and at 17, began his musical career by taking classical guitar lessons from noted music professor Terry Cantwell. Joey went on to attend Mercer University. He furthered his musical education by studying with renowned jazz guitarist Stanley Jordan and later, with Professor Steven Crowell.

Despite his physical limitations, Joey has flourished in every aspect of his life. He released several albums, including 'Take A Walk In The Shadows' (1995), 'Ironies, Pain And The Light That Guides' (1999), 'Live And Stuff,' (2000), 'Live And More Stuff,' (2001), 'So Far,' (2003), 'Oceanside,' (2009), 'The Shadow Sound,' (2011), 'Mixture' (2012) and 'The Acoustic Sessions, Volume I' (2014). Joey experienced national success with the launch of 'Mixture,' which reached #9 on the CMJ Top 40 Jazz Charts for North America.

In 2002, Joey met his wife, Jennifer, who works as a certified nurse midwife in Macon. He is also the owner and sound engineer of a recording facility, Shadow Sound Studio in Macon, which boasts vintage analog gear and state-of-the-art digital technology.

Joey enjoys promoting music in various ways. He is a featured music columnist for the webzine 'Portal Magazine' and contributes regularly to a music blog on 'Gateway Macon,' where he writes about the history of music in Macon and other music-related topics.

Joey is currently involved with students, instructing them on guitar, voice, music theory, and sound engineering. He is the

professor of Music Technology at Mercer University and an official mentor for the Recording Connections School in Los Angeles. No stranger to musical theater, he was the music director for Macon

State College's production of 'The Rocky Horror Show' in the fall

of 2002. Recently, Joey has taken on the role of music publisher

and has a growing catalog of great songs in multiple genres. His publishing companies include Sociology Publishing (BMI) and

Sign Wave Publishing (ASCAP).

Joey Stucky

Featured Artist

12-July -2019