James Gabriel Keogh (born 1 December 1987),better known by his stage name Vance Joy, is an Australian singer and songwriter. He signed a five-album deal with Atlantic Records in 2013.He released his debut EP God Loves You When You’re Dancing in March 2013. His song “Riptide” was voted number 1 on the 2013 Triple J Hottest 100. Joy released his debut studio album Dream Your Life Away on 5 September 2014 in Australia and on 9 September 2014 elsewhere.At the ARIA Music Awards of 2015 he won Best Male Artist.
Joy attended St. Patrick’s Primary School, Murrumbeena in Melbourne. Prior to his music career, Joy was a promising Australian rules football player. In 2008 and 2009, he played for the Coburg Football Club in the Victorian Football League (VFL),winning best first year player award in 2008.He still continues his support for the club, as Coburg’s number one ticket holder as of 2015.
Joy was school captain, and graduated from St Kevin’s College, Toorak in 2005, notably achieving a perfect study score of 50 in English.Joy later graduated from Monash University with a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws.
On 21 January 2013, Joy released his debut single “From Afar”. On 22 March 2013, he released his debut EP God Loves You When You’re Dancing.The single “Riptide” became a success on Australian commercial radio,peaking at number 6 on the ARIA Singles Chart and being certified triple platinum by the Australian Record Industry Association (ARIA).The song features in a GoPro TV advertising campaign in the USA.