|Dr. Joye Jeffries Pugh is an alumnus of South Georgia College, Valdosta State College, and Nova University where she received her doctorate in education. Her background involves working as a researcher, counselor, mental retardation professional, human services director, and consultant.
Dr. Pugh's complete biographical history is featured in Who's Who in the World, Who's Who in America, Who's Who in American Women, Who's Who in the South and Southwest, Who's Who in American Education, and Who's Who in Georgia.
Dr. Pugh has written three books and one abridged and updated audio edition. These include: ANTICHRIST The Cloned Image of Jesus Christ (December 1999), Colours of Joye (August 1975), EDEN The Knowledge of Good and Evil 666 (December 2006), and AUDIO EDEN The Knowledge of Good and Evil 666 (Updated and Abridged edition) (JANUARY 2009).
"Dr. Joye," as she prefers to be called, was the name given to her by some of her outstanding athletes. Besides being an outstanding athlete herself, she also, began her musical career playing the drums, Caribbean percussion box, tambourine, and a little trumpet at age 6. When she turned 9, she started piano lessons. At age 10, Joye began playing the guitar. Dr. Joye wrote her first song at 13. Many years later, at 38 years of age, she added playing bass guitar and a little saxophone to her musical capabilities. The 6 string Banjo was added to musical talents in December 2008.
Dr. Pugh has played Conga drums and percussion in her local church's Praise and Worship band, Satilla since 2005. She, also, has been a pianist and organist for Satilla Baptist Church in Irwin County during their weekly Sunday AM, PM, and Wednesday night services. Dr. Joye has been writing and composing her own songs, as well as, rearranging and performing the music of others as a solo artist since 2004.
Joye began singing with her younger sister, Gaye, as a duet for church specials and holiday events, as well as, at various local pageants when they were young children. She was a member of the Irwin Academy Youth Choir which competed on a yearly basis. At 12, Joye joined the Satilla Adult Church Choir. She and a musical friend, Steve Gibbons, traveled as the Duet Team, Gibbons and Jeffries, in 1975 to various churches in South Georgia where they performed services of contemporary music, as well as, oral interpretations of which she developed from the sermons of James Weldon Johnson.
Dr. Joye founded the unified Sunny Dale Ensemble in 1987 to offer mentally and physically handicapped singers and musicians the opportunity to perform with non-handicapped musicians as a group. Daily music classes were offered by Dr. Joye and her group performed annually at local events in South Georgia.
Dr. Joye, as founder, lead singer and guitarist of the band BLAZE, performed before several thousand attendees at the Opening Ceremonies of The Georgia Special Olympic Summer games held on the Emory University Campus in 1997.
Dr. Joye joined the band Receptacle in 2007 as keyboard player and traveled and performed with them at various venues including the RBM Latter Rain Conference in Athens, Georgia.
She left the group in order to pursue her own musical career as the solo artist "Dr. Joye" in 2009.
"Dr. Joye" performed at various church related events in the South Georgia area during 2009.
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