Robert, Gentry and Neil have been singing together in church for many years. With their voices together, they found a sound that was undeniable. Their name, The Joy Reunion, represents reuniting with the love of music after years of trying to make it individually in the music industry. They started writing songs, performing locally and began releasing their original music online. As a country trio they found success that they had only dreamt of on their own and quickly became a chosen family both in music and in life.
Robert Easley and Gentry Monreal have been playing together for over 20 years as worship leaders at their church in Redlands, Ca. Neil Morrison joined the worship team in 2008 where there was an immediate connection between the 3 of them, and for the past 13 years, they have been inseparable. "We started writing songs, performing locally and began releasing our original music online. Individually, we have enjoyed wonderful musical achievements in our own projects- from performing alongside blues greats Joe Bonomassa and Kenny Wayne Shepherd to gaining recognition from Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys. Our three voices together is a sound that has been compared to having "Blood Harmony" and we realized that our Country trio was truly a special musical bond. We easily made the decision to make The Joy Reunion our sole musical focus. Our friendship is a bond beyond measure built on vulnerability, trust and laughter. As friends first and band-mates second, we have created a safe space for the three of us to support each other in all of the beautiful and broken parts of life. We have carried each other through death, through grief, through divorce, through breakups, through the challenges of a solid marriage, through raising children and everything in between. We choose each other everyday, and it only makes us stronger."
The Joy Reunion are passionate songwriters and music creators. Their initial intention for this Country project was to song-write and shop the songs to other artists. As seasoned musicians spending decades trying to make their own musical dreams come true, they know how difficult it can be to take a run at it. In this stage of life, that dream can seem even more impossible to reach as family, children and mortgages come first. Yet as they began to create, to write and to perform the songs, they knew they had something too special to give away. As songwriters and multi-instrumentalists they also found fulfillment in self recording, engineering and self-producing thier own music.
"Our band name, The Joy Reunion came from being reunited with the joy of music when we found each other and our sound. We've each had our own musical journeys prior to this, and any artist knows the grind of trying to "make it" on your own in this industry can be defeating. It's so easy to lose sight of why you're doing it in the first place, but our union brought each of us back to the heart of why we make music, for the love of it."
So what makes The Joy Reunion special?
Every band brings influences of the past to the table. It’s simple-Storytelling and Harmony.
When Rob, Gentry and Neil sing, you are not hearing three voices harmonize, you are hearing one force, one powerful sonic experience that fills the void you didn’t know your ears were missing.
If you listen to the lyrics of their music, you will realize that every song is a life story. The beautiful thing about the stories they tell through their music, is that they come from the heart, from personal experience, from moments of inspiration, and you get to hear true honest words of life and love from both a male and female perspective. No matter who you are, and where you are in your life,
these stories will touch you.
The Joy Reunion are making a name for themselves not only in the California Country scene but in country music in general. The groups amazing 3 part harmonies and songwriting skills are attracting attention from major country artists and industry professionals. The Joy Reunion will hook you from the moment you hear them sing and their songs will grab you and take you on a musical journey.
The Joy Reunion are driven to succeed and it is displayed by how hard they work. Not only did The Joy reunion write all the songs on their debut album but they produced, engineered and mixed the album in the groups home studio located in Redlands CA. They also produce and edit their own music videos. Take a look below.
The Debut Album From The Joy Reunion Is Out Now!
“We’ve Come Too Far” is a musical journey, a story, telling of love, loss, passion, heartbreak and grit, family and faith - all the things that make a life. The thing about growing older is you find you have a lot more to say from your life experiences. Isn’t that what we all love about music? That you can hear a song and feel like it was written about you or for you? That you’ve been there? Music has been such a big part of our life’s journey- as with any good story, there’s the rise and the fall, the devastation and the hope in finding the strength to keep on moving forward and keeping the dream within you alive -against all odds. That moment when you say “we’ve come too far” to give up now. And something magical happens. It’s what we hope touches your heart as you hear our songs. Enjoy!