A WILLING VESSEL SHARING GOD'S WORD IN SONG
He sends I-GO Isaiah 6
A dream has become a reality for Joyce Igo, the Southern Gospel artist and songwriter from West Virginia. As a child, Joyce longed to travel, singing Gospel music penned from her hand. Today, she is living the dream covering a large segment of the United States and Canada. And God has expanded her territory.
For many years, Joyce worked in local churches with her pastor husband, Denver, who went home to be with the Lord in 2000. She served as youth and children's ministry leader, played piano and organ, sang and played for vocal groups, and taught all age groups in Sunday School. In 1992, Joyce began the journey of being in a full time and solo music ministry. Soon, she was singing from Arizona to Maine, and Canada to Florida. God has kept opening doors, and in 2017 she is celebrating her twenty-seventh year in ministry.
Today, she keeps the ministry non-denominational and crosses cultural and racial barriers with ease. "The message is the same," Joyce says. "The presentation may be different, but it's always about Christ." In recent years, she has been speaking to women's conferences, and her humor and "down to earth" style has been well received.
Joyce is an independent artist and has recorded with Horizon Music Group and in recent years with Rushing Winds Recording Studio. Both studios are in North Carolina. She has her own record label and music publishing company. She has written over two hundred songs, some which have been released nationally to radio stations. Her songs have received favorable response from DJ's, musicians, and listeners alike.
She has made one mission trip to Portugal. In 2008, she journeyed to Israel, and was able to sing in that land. In 2011, she started ministering in Mexico, and in 2012, she completed a tour to Ecuador where she ministered to the indigenous people. In the same year, she was the guest speaker for a women's retreat in Rome, Italy. In 2014, Joyce returned to Rome to work with refugees, and went on to Athens, Greece. In 2015, she went back to Greece with a small team to minister as a group. She was privileged to go to the Dominican Republic three times, where she has helped to plant a church. One of the highlights of 2013 was her trip to the Philippines right after the typhoon struck, where she saw a great harvest of souls. Joyce went back to the Philippines in 2014, where she was privileged to go to a South China Sea Island, where the Gospel had not been preached before. Many souls came to Christ while she was in the Philippines, and she gives God all the honor and glory. In the spring of 2016, Joyce went to minister in Peru for the first time. It was a wonderful trip! She held a three day women's retreat where women walked out of the jungle to attend. There were precious souls brought to know Jesus there also. And, Joyce has plans to take her style of music and ministry to wherever the Lord opens a door.
Joyce has become a favorite as a speaker for women's conferences. "Women today are stressed, trying to juggle family, marriage and careers, and still have time for a quality relationship with Christ," Joyce says. "God's Word is still relevant for the needs of today."
One of her challenges for 2015-16 was writing a book on her experiences on the road as a soloist. Titled: Joyce Igo, Laughing My Way to Heaven, it has been a slower project than expected but she and an editor are still working on it.
The Children of Elijah Intercession Group is still popular. This is a prayer group founded by Joyce Igo in 2006 to pray for ministries, ministers, and their families. It has come to include the needs of all of God's family. It is non denominational, and includes prayer warriors from all walks of life. It is in its seventh year, and still going strong.
Joyce's country, down home southern style, leaves audiences laughing, shedding a few tears, and challenged to know and serve Jesus Christ.