Joey Stuckey is a blind artist with an extremely insightful vision. Learn more about the touring musician who lives to inspire others!
What is it like being a touring musician? You seem to be extremely busy!
I have 2 speeds—full speed ahead and off. So I do love to work. We have been touring extensively since June in support of our 2019 release In The Shadow Of The Sun. We’ve played a number of venues in NYC, as well as venues in NJ, Washington, DC, LA, Detroit, and Hartford, CT, just to name a few.
The most important thing when you’re on a prolonged tour is to make sure to leave a little time to have fun, so we did some things like hanging around an extra day in LA and go to a Dodgers game. I am a blind baseball fan and one of my dreams is to experience a game at every MLB park in North America.
What is your creative process?
I rely heavily on inspiration and never try to force a song to come into focus. Typically, I conceive a song and have it written at about 80% completion from the moment it pops into my imagination. I take the inspiration as far as it will go and then let the song sit for a few days. I then come back to it to see if it is something I still find compelling. If it is, I will then use my knowledge of music theory, arranging, etc., to refine the finished song. I can, quite literally, sit down at any time and start writing. I have never had writer’s block because music is not something I chose—music chose me. It is an essential part of how my spirit works. For me it is the same thing as breathing.
What drew you into the music industry?
I am a blind brain tumor survivor so sound is my universe. My initial intention was to be a sound effects designer for tv and film but when people started noticing that I had a nice home recording set up they started asking me to record their bands. By the time I was 19, I had moved from an attic room to an actual recording facility in downtown Macon, GA. Once I heard that first garage band record their first original song, I knew that music was the vehicle I wanted to use to tell my story. I am, quite literally, obsessed with music. I wake up to it in the morning, go to work on it as a producer and/or touring artist for at least 10-12 hours a day, and then come home and listen to more music.
If you could have your fans remember only one thing about you, what would it be and why?
I would hope that they remember that I truly believe in the power of positive change through music and that I have always been 100% myself—on and off stage—and that my story of overcoming adversity lends them strength and confidence to overcome any adversity in their own lives.
What is the overall message you want to deliver to your fans?
If a blind, brain tumor survivor with a metal hip and metal shoulder can travel all over the world to follow his passion of music, then they can follow their passion—whatever it may be. It does require bravery to follow dreams that others may not understand or even approve of, but as I often tell my students or the audiences at my inspirational talks, “Leap and the net will appear.”
What can you tell us about the latest album?
In The Shadow of the Sun came about quite by accident. We were on tour in Memphis and had an opportunity to record for a few hours at the legendary Sun Studio. Initially, this was just a fun excursion for the band. However, once we got home with the tracks and listened to them, we all felt like we had something special and decided to make it our next album. Just a few of the highlights include special guests Randall Bramblett (Traffic), Al Chez (Tower of Power), and a 30-voice choir from Howard Middle School. I wrote two new songs just for this record and finally recorded a fan favorite that I have been playing since 1996, but had never gotten around to recording before now. In addition, we tracked a few covers that are fan favorites including Allman Brothers “Whippin’ Post”. However, the album that includes the covers is only available on CD and vinyl.
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