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Dr. Joi Carr

breakout class teacher

This native Angelino’s distinctive voice manifests itself in various ways in her life. Joi Carr is singer-songwriter, actress, producer/recording engineer, playwright, director, author, and academician. Her contributions to the arts range from television appearances, theatrical productions, serving as a session singer for R&B, Hip Hop, and Pop/Rock artists, and as a guest vocalist for national events.

Her credits include guest-starring roles on television sitcoms and dramas such as Amen, 227, The Bronx Zoo, and a starring role in Juvi, a CBS Schoolbreak Special. Her vocals are featured on sound recordings for several national artists, most notably David Lee Roth and the Boo-Yaa T.R.I.B.E. Her vocals are featured on more than a dozen a cappella gospel recordings, including “One More Day,” Johnnie Wilder, Jr. (on eight tracks), Acappella Gospel, and Acappella Gospel Long Play, Acapella Series, The Acappella Company/Word Records. She has also been featured as the soloist for the National Anthem for the Los Angeles Lakers basketball team and as a guest artist for the McDonald's Gospel Fest, Hollywood, CA.

Joi has been devoted to her personal a cappella gospel ministry for over two decades with eight solo album releases to her credit. She is the recipient of eight CAMA Awards, Christian Acappella Music Association: Producer of The Year (2012), RUBAL Lifetime Achievement Award (2012) during CAMA’s 25th anniversary year, Album of the Year for Heaven (duets) (2012); Sharon Tolliver Exemplary Faith Award (2008); Singer/Songwriter/Producer of the Year (2000), Studio Vocalist of the Year (1996), Female Vocalist of The Year (1998 & 1994), along with twenty-three additional nominations over the years.

In 2017, she released her eighth solo EP, Noel: An Acappella Christmas that features contemporary vocal arrangements on some of her favorite holiday classics. In 2014, she released her sixth and seventh solo recordings, Sing Hallelujah! and Hallelujah, Jesus is Lord. This double release is populated with Joi’s signature melodic style, contemporary vocal arrangements, and lush background vocals, and features twenty-one devotional songs—such as “Awesome,” “Humble Thyself,” “We Bow Down,” “I Really Love the Lord,” and “Oh, How I love Jesus.” Heaven (duets), her fifth solo recording, released in 2011, features 13 duets with artists ranging from spoken word, contemporary gospel, and hymns: Wayburn Dean, Willie Norwood, Chris Turner, Jeff Murrah, Melo D Heirs, Soul Purposed, Odolé Martins, Eddie Miller, Angela Pugh, Tamara Turner, Ronald Walker, Dorian Paul Williams, and Johnnie Wilder, Jr. (posthumously on a track they began together). Her fourth recording, “Love Enough” features her signature ballads and mid-tempo grooves while introducing jazzy up tempo vocal arrangements. She explores an artistic space uncharted by her contemporaries, fusing a range of genres—Jazz, R&B, Pop, Soul among them—to forge a definitive sound. Other solo recoding include “Devotion,” primarily original songs written by Joi, “Amazing Grace,” which feature hymns and traditional song, and her first solo album “Let Go, Let God,” producer by Johnnie Wilder, Jr.

Chara Music is Joi Carr’s production company: www.joicarr.com. Over the years she has produced and engineered about a dozen recordings and has written and published over seventy songs: as producer/engineer and vocal arranger to other artists such as Willie Norwood’s “I Believe,” Rhynett Chatman’s “God of a Second Chance,” Infusion’s “Music for the Soul,” and Jay Green’s “Great Sunday morning.”

Dr. Carr is a Professor of English and Film Studies at Pepperdine University, currently serving as the Director of Film Studies, Creative/Program Director of the Multicultural Theatre Project (MTP), and Academic Director for the Institute for Entertainment, Media, and Culture. She has written, directed, and produced several plays and related events for this work which is a transdisciplinary, arts-based, critical pedagogy that provides an environment where students can explore issues of diversity through a theatrical experience. She is the author of Encountering Texts: The Multicultural Theatre Project and “Minority” Literature (2015) and Boyz N the Hood: Shifting Hollywood Terrain (2018).

In 2004, Dr. Carr was adopted as Honorary Alumna of Southwestern Christian College by University Board of Directors, given in honor of service and commitment to Christian ministry and education. At Pepperdine University, she is the recipient of two teaching awards at Seaver College: Brett J. Love Award for Teaching Excellence, the award for Exemplary Teaching in the Area of Faith, and she was recently honored as the Seaver College faculty member with the award for faculty Distinction in Diversity and Inclusive Excellence. Dr. Carr’s serves professionally as an elected SAG-AFTRA Los Angeles Convention Delegate, an Alternate Member on the SAG-AFTRA National Board and Local Board, as Vice Chair of LA Host Committee, and on the national/local EEO and Women’s committees.

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