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
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).