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Influenced by pop, soul, gospel and CHH,  Joy is a Tampa-based artist and songwriter. As soloist and actress blessed to tour NYC, Paris, Sydney, Barcelona, Lisbon, After Bible college she was burdened to share the gospel through songwriting while living as a missionary in France. Joy's first single -the upbeat pop "Avalanche" won a songwriting competition held by Grammy winners Seth Mosley and X O'Conner.  God breathed on her worship collaboration co-release with Cornel Grace "City on a Hill" hitting the CCLI website banner and Spotify playlists. Her next projects include songs written with Nashville's Katy Reynolds, Jonathan Jackson, Xandria Cross as well as several worship and pop/chh co-releases including a worship one w/grammy-nominated Ryan Chew.  An avid multi-genre songwriter, she's written on projects for Scott DeClaire Jr, Ryan Chew, Steph Andrews, Julia Schmidt, Xandria Cross, Trez Bell, Zach Maurer,Charity Abbot. Her prayer is to share the hope and healing found only in Jesus to the Glory of God alone and to stir the believer's heart in their own music styles to a closer walk with their Savior. God led her to start a non-profit organization "Lake City Lights" holding retreats for indie artists, songwriters, producers, leaders of the next generation. She commutes to Nashville to hold writer retreats, but she is a worship leader at her church campuses in Florida where she lives with her husband and three boys.

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Previous events

Lake City Lights Songwriting Retreat

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St. Augustine

5 days and 4 nights Oceanfront- writing and worshipping several genres of Christian music (lots of worship music too) A Christian songwriting retreat for artists, worship leaders, songwriters primarily focused on co-writing great songs together and worship and fellowship with creatives. Ministry event at the end.


Lake City Lights Songwriters Retreat

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Lake Odessa, MI

see for details. This is an exciting opportunity for Christian Songwriters looking for community, co-writing with experienced writers and worshipping together.. also a LIVE recording. We are looking for humble hearts , songwriters of all Christian genres, and artists!

Lake City Lights Songwriter Retreat

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St Augustine, FL

Lake City Lights Retreat in the oldest and one of the most beautiful cities in the U.S.( feels a bit like Europe). Grow your songwriting skills, write with other skilled artists and musicians and enjoy beachside fun in an amazing family-like atmosphere. All guests stay at the same Bed and Breakfast and will spend the 4 days co-writing in groups of 3-4 and coming home with some great songs and learning, a few sessions to strengthen writing or artist development, worship times and songsharing daily and of course relax time in beautiful weather. This retreat is for Christian writers of any genre. All writers keep their rights to the songs(even song splits). Come join us in FL! see details on the website.


Lake City Lights Christian Songwriters Retreat/conference

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Southwest Michigan

An event for Christian songwriters and worship leaders to co-write, learn, fellowship and renew their creative souls while enjoying nature, friendships, and have a blast doing it! $449 covers 4 nights lodging and all meals but dinners. those flying in can be picked up at the airport. Get ready for a life-changing time! (3 nights for $379) This is below cost! Get it on the ground floor by signing up today at

"Rise to Worship" Songwriting Night

The Lakehouse, Land O Lakes, FL

Are you a music lover? Are you a worship leader, author, or creative? Are you just someone writes songs, poetry OR who would love to learn how to write worship songs or Christian songs from your heart? This evening is for you. The event is free of charge. We will be enjoying the beautiful Florida weather and lakefront. Get ready for a beautiful night of sharing and learning together! The evening will include a boat ride if the weather permits...more details to come.. space is limited to 10 people. contact or DM on social media.

Hi! Thanks so much for visiting!  My Prayer is that this music encourages you in your walk with Jesus!  I'm a Christian Pop/Worship Artist and Songwriter and my heartbeat is to reach others with the gospel through song and to bring powerful worship songs for the church. This comes in different forms of musical languages like Christian pop,gospel, chh,ccm and worship- as well as a bit of other styles fused in. I believe in speaking to others in their musical languages to reach every culture and I love a variety of styles myself.

To read more of my story you can scroll down to the EPK.

TO GOD be the glory! 

NEW RELEASES ! WILDFIRE,  DEADBOLTS , and City on a Hill..are now out!

and CITY ON A HILL  is now out on all streaming platforms! This is the first of many worship co-releases I am praying  for as God provides! You can find it on CCLI with chord charts for your church and a youtube video on  Cornel Grace's youtube channel..


Here's the latest news -New singles "Avalanche" and "Wildfire" released in July  and August are now LIVE! You can listen on the site wide player but also on Spotify, Apple, Youtube(music videos for Wildfire),.. wherever you stream music!

Also you can check out the Official Lyric video for "Avalanche" here -

or watch the BRAND NEW MUSIC VIDEO on YouTube!


If you'd like to listen to a duet ( CCM style).. "I Have a Future" - a ccm/worship song w/Tom Taylor can be found on this playlists of Lake Çity Lights songs..

He who has God and everything else has no more than he who has God only.” - C.S.Lewis

Lay the songs on the alter

for his glory alone...

 "Without a Loving Gracious Savior, I would have nothing  and I am nothing. Anything good that comes from my lips or my pen was not really mine to begin with"

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Lake City Lights Florida Retreat

St Augustine, Fl

See Lake City Lights website for details- God is moving in creatives to reach the next generation with Jesus! Lake City Lights is a non-profit ministry under ACT (Artists in Christian Testimony Int.). Click button below to read more!


Lake City Lights Songwriter Retreat MI


Thank you for taking this journey with me! Some new music of a variety of Christian genres is coming!  This is all to the Glory of God. I only hope to tell His story and my testimony while following His leading.  


Charity Abbot released "Light a Fire" on July 14th! This girl's chops are outstanding! Follow her on Tiktok!

This past year,  An EP of "THE WITNESS PROJECT" songs was recorded in Nashville- several vertical worship lyrics with a witnessing theme for unsaved and Christians alike. This project is recorded and is waiting on funds for finished production and release  as well as some worship songs below. Thank you for your prayers and support if God leads you. We are praying fervently for the release of several of these songs this year. You can donate at the top of this website by pushing the $ sign. Some topics dealt with in the songs are..How does God view Depression? Am I a Christian because my parents are? What is God's love like? How do I stop feeling empty? What happens when I find the way, the truth and the life? 

The Newest Releases Coming are several Collaborations- one of which is City on a Hill which released Oct 6th with Cornel Grace. You can find it on CCLI along with chord charts for your church..also str4eam on his youtube and our Spotify and Apple and Youtube accounts.

Thanks for giving my instagram AND Spotify a follow for more regular updates. 

Scott DeClaire released another single we wrote w/ Caleb Holgrem and Zach Jackson. To God's glory it made the top 40 list of New Christian Music Friday!so awesome to see these songs reaching hearts!- Wreckage is a song about God finding us in our need . Scott also released "Jericho's" on July 7th. This song was written by our Lake City Lights team at the 2023 FL retreat and Wreckage was also written by the team. You can find the music videos under Scott DeClaire Jr on youtube.

The Newest Releases Out as as songwriter and artist are several Collaborations- A Christmas Song “On this Holy Night” Julia Schmidt, A Worship Song with Ryan Chew ...and Cameroon's artist Cornel Grace co-releasing a worship song "City on a Hill" with me.

Josh Clay find josh at joshclaymusic on instagram and his other music streaming on platforms. Josh's song "Fall for You" we wrote together and it was released May 12th, 2023 

If you like "Zach Williams" style .. you might like "Testimony" by Julia Schmidt and Zach Maurer .Julia and Zach's voices are beautiful on this song and it was such a special write.

Steph Andrews (worship leader and indie pop artist) is releasing a project called "Dare to Behold".. so honored to have several of our co-writes with Nashville writer Jonathan Jackson as part of that project. Watch for that soon!


Ryan Chew had his LIVE recording this summer with his choir  and "Bread of Life"is on all streaming platforms including a powerful LIVE video on YouTube !  He also released "Blown Away" - a song we wrote about God's grace and salvation.  See clips of "Bread of Life" on Ryan's instagram but be sure to check out the YouTube video -God has truly gifted and anointed Ryan! Our Favorite song that he released so far is “Bread of Life” so be sure to listen to that one too!


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lake city lights ministry to leaders and creatives

NEW NEWS! LAKE CITY LIGHTS SONGWRITERS RETREAT was an amazing blessed time IN SOUTH MICHIGAN! All of the prayers God answered a resounding yes.. I prayed for a sweet spirit, a family atmosphere, bonded hearts, some amazing songs, artists who are recording the songs, and a Tim2:2 group with older and younger. We had three pastors, several worship leaders, and some older teens! Florida Retreat on February 9-12th, 2023 was the most blessed time and I just break into tears talking about all God did! I can't even begin to say what God did.. you had to be there.. but he worked, he healed , he moved and some beautiful songs were born that are being recorded by artists there. Michigan Songwriters RETREAT happens July 24-26 The Florida Retreat will be open soon! Thanks for praying!Did you know.. Lake City Lights is now non-profit status and needs to raise funds to stay that way? Thank you for fervently praying with us to reach those in music ministry with this ministry. We need your prayers and support to continue this ministry. Join their email list as well at link in above paragraph. All the Glory to God for the Great Things He Has Done and Will Do!

Behind the Lyrics of "Fight for You" 

"Fight for You" is based on the Bible verse Exodus 14:14. "The LORD will fight for you, you need only be still".  Several years ago, I was walking through a difficult season, overwhelmed, and fighting depression. I felt like no one was fighting for us. I felt alone in our struggles and like nothing was ever going to change. Then I was reading one day in Exodus chapter 14, and verse 14 jumped off the pages like it never had before.. just as God had been fighting for the Israelites, He was fighting for me!  I was again reminded that all I needed to do was 'be still' in my heart before my Father and Defender who held every tear I cried. That moment began the seed in my heart which over time grew into the song "Fight for You" written in 2017 and early 2018.  The lyrics also include the theme one of my favorite verses Psalm 46:10 "Be still and know that I am God." 

Why is this song so special to me?  I have personally seen God fight for me so many times. The 'God stories' in my life of His Sovereign hand, His providence, His provision, and His healing are reminders of the fact that He is always fighting for me. I finished "Fight for You" in January of 2018 and began to finally obey God as a full time songwriter in the fall of 2019. Having committed to attend a songwriting conference in Nashville in 2020, doubt set in when I suddenly lost my job as a piano teacher during the pandemic.  Despite my husband's support, I struggled about attending the conference due to finances and the world in chaos. Attendees of the conference needed to bring 2 complete songs to share and purchase their flight tickets and conference fees. 'I don't want to go ahead of God' I thought. I threw myself on the bed in complete desperation asking God again for wisdom I prayed.."Lord, if I even went to the conference.. what song would I bring?" Immediately, my phone lying next to me dinged with the verse of the day... and it was Exodus 14:14. That was my song I'd written!  "Ok Lord I'm going!" I cried out. The word "obedience" which is what motivates me to continue what God told me to do in songwriting while still in France. I have not always obeyed God right away and I've seen the consequences.

"Fight for You" was written from a first person point of view, as if God your Defender is speaking the words to your soul directly from His lips.  As the world attacks the faith of Christians, as disunity rises, as trials come,... I pray this song will bring comfort and encouragement that God is fighting for you. Moses spoke the words of Exodus 14:14 to the Israelites as they ran (for their lives) from the Egyptian armies before God parted the Red Sea.  I believe He wants us to know and remember that..He fights for us and He will fight for us. He is doing miracles and He is about to do more for His Glory!(Exodus 18:14). 


Booking to book a ticket to a songwriting retreat. Also you can contact LakeCityLightsLLC through

Feel free to email to book Joy to share in song , teaching, and/or testimony for a church event, woman's ministry, teen event, or "Lake City Lights" retreat or 1 day songwriting event 

Lake City Lights also has a mentorship program open and has been mentoring songwriters. email for details! 

Previous events

Date Event Location
 —  — Lake City Lights Songwriting Retreat St. Augustine St. Augustine
(CDT, UTC-05) (CDT, UTC-05) Concert with Tom Taylor and Melynda Bly Covenant Church, Murfreesboro, TN Covenant Church, Murfreesboro, TN
 —  — Lake City Lights Songwriters Retreat Lake Odessa, MI Lake Odessa, MI
Psalms, Hymns and Spritual Songs with Joy, Zach, Michael Sebewa Baptist Church, Lake Odessa, MI Sebewa Baptist Church, Lake Odessa, MI
 —  — Lake City Lights Songwriter Retreat St Augustine, FL St Augustine, FL
Jesus In A Bar Fountains at Gateway, Murfreesboro, TN Fountains at Gateway, Murfreesboro, TN
 —  — Lake City Lights Christian Songwriters Retreat/conference Southwest Michigan Southwest Michigan
"Rise to Worship" Songwriting Night The Lakehouse, Land O Lakes, FL The Lakehouse, Land O Lakes, FL
Ladies Tea Party Wesley Chapel Wesley Chapel