I'd Still Say Yes: A Dreamers Account of Surviving the Entertainment Business (Paperback)

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I'd Still Say Yes: A Dreamers Account of Surviving the Entertainment Business (Paperback)

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Her-Story

The true story, "I'd Still Say Yes" from the heart of Joyce "Fenderella" Irby, chronicles her adventures as an architect of musical Atlanta. Her rise began with the 80's LA based all-girl band Klymaxx and their mega smashes "Meeting In The Ladies Room", "The Men All Pause" and "I Miss You".

Joyce details her personal experiences with many, entertainers, sports celebrities and music executives as she recounts endless battles within an industry that chronically underpays, overlooks and routinely de-values women for sport. Described by many as the original "wind beneath the wings" of the Atlanta music scene, she garnered major high-dollar industry attention to a city that was known mainly for its quaint musical past. But in the late 80's and early 90s Joyce lit a fire that exploded and propelled Atlanta into the foundation of an industry cornerstone atop the contemporary music world. Her music production company "Diva One" began an avalanche that created hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue for the major record labels, and new Atlanta millionaires. But she would never receive her share of the wealth created. Consequently, she was isolated, unjustly vilified, black-balled, cast aside and metaphorically left for dead on the side of the road. Having lost everything but her will…Joyce found herself on a path of illumination and discovery. Sheroes emerge, baptized by fire. And now, one woman with the heart of a lion returns to claim her rightful place in Her-Story

The memoir subtitled, "A Dreamers Account of Surviving the Entertainment Business" could also be called, "Finding your path of peace, in a superficial, youth obsessed culture, that values nothing of value!"

Included are recollections and details of Joyce's experiences, (positive and negative) with: George Clinton, Lionel Richie, Bootsy Collins, Burt Bacharach, Carole Bayer Sager, Bass players - (Louis Johnson, Larry Graham, Wyzard of Mothers Finest), Chaka Khan, Howard Hewett, Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis, Vanessa Williams, Prince, Joe Jackson, Michael Jackson, Magic Johnson, Babyface, Little Richard, Will Smith, Jada Pinkett, Lynn Whitfield, Michael Jordan, Charles Oakley, Jerry Rice, Dr. John York, Sylvia Brown, Paula Abdul, Rosie Perez, Jasmine Guy, Katherine Jackson, Kandi Burruss, Whitney Houston, Sheila E., Bobby Brown, Terri Lyne Carrington, Patti Labelle, Benny Medina, Irv Gotti, Angela Davis, Damon Wayans, Stacy A. Littlejohn, Suzy Jones, Miki Howard, Ron Sweeney, Sammie, Lloyd, Rachel True, The Stylistics, Ohio Players, Bar-Kays, Lyfe Jennings, Jeff Frasco, Linda Evans (actress), Sylvia Rhone, LA Reid, Joel Katz, Clarence Avant, Michael Bivins, Michael Concepcion, Robert Townsend...
Joyce "Fenderella" Irby is an American-born singer/songwriter/bass player & talent developer currently residing in Atlanta, GA. An original member of the 80's all-girl-band Klymaxx, Joyce's voice is recognizable as the lead singer of "I Miss You", the band's biggest hit.

Joyce's Diva One Music & Production companies in the late 80's and early 90s lit a fire that exploded and propelled Atlanta into the foundation of an industry cornerstone atop the contemporary music world. Her music production company "Diva One" began an avalanche that created hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue.

In June of 2019, Joyce was honored with a proclamation from the Atlanta City Council. As a major contributor to Atlanta's rise in music industry stature, Joyce is considered by many to be "the wind beneath the wings", of Atlanta's urban music scene as described by Councilman Michael Julian Bond during the presentation. Joyce's publishing company, "Diva One Music" has songs with sales of over 20 million, including hits by TLC, Chris Brown, Boyz II Men, Shalamar, Fat Joe, Klymaxx, Troop, and more.

In 2012 Joyce won an ASCAP songwriter award for co-penning one of the most played Urban records in the US, a top 5 single, "Another Round", by Fat Joe, Chris Brown. In 2014 BET profiled Irby as one of a dozen women in "Unsung Hitmakers: Female Music Producers". Joyce as a solo artist on Motown, also had a Billboard #1 selling urban hip-hop single, "Mr. D.J." with Doug E. Fresh.

"I'd Still Say Yes" is not only the classic top 20 pop single, which Joyce sang and produced on Klymaxx, but it's the title of this highly anticipated memoir. A behind-the-scenes powerhouse, Joyce shares a combo of dramatic life lessons & a motherlode of treasured personal experiences with people who include, but aren't limited to: George Clinton, Dick Griffey, Burt Bacharach, Magic Johnson, Prince, Michael Jackson, Patti Labelle, Whitney Houston, Lyfe Jennings, Angela Davis, Vanessa Williams, Rosie Perez, Lionel Richie, Little Richard, Bootsy Collins, Linda Evans, Jerry Rice, Irv Gotti, Damon Wayans, Jimmy Jam, Terry Lewis, Howard Hewett, Babyface, and many more.

Joyce is an animal advocate and volunteers for her local Humane Society and ASPCA. She started her own charity "Jams For Animals" to promote kindness to animals through music and video. A lover of science and astronomy, Joyce is a strong advocate for women and girls being more involved in many non-traditional areas of learning and science. She also wrote her memoir, "I'd Still Say Yes", in hopes of encouraging others to share their stories.
Product Details ISBN: 9781098383923
ISBN-10: 1098383923
Publisher: BookBaby
Publication Date: February 14th, 2022
Pages: 292
Language: English