Meet Joey Stuckey. Singer songwriter and surviver from Macon, Georgia with an amazing mindset and attitude.
Listen to the episode:
Behind The Music with Joey Stuckey and Jacqueline Jax on Santa That Plays Guitar. This episode explores having a positive mindset in order to overcome any obstacle. You’ll be inspired by this chat and perhaps start looking at your future a little differently.
Who have been the most influential in your music and why?
I love all styles of music. From Wes Montgomery to Jeff Beck on guitar and Mel Torme’s to Gregg Allman’s vocal stylings, I have a wide range of musical influences.
When did you know that this was the right path for you?
I had some Radio Shack recording equipment and was recording local bands in my attic when I was 17 years old. When I heard that the first band record their first original song, I knew that music was going to be my vehicle for sharing my story.
What do you like most about what you do?
Music is the closest we can get to the language of the angels. Music puts the lie to the idea that we are alone and that no one can really understand us or what we are going through. As a musician, I love being a historian, a mirror for the present and a map for the future. If music isn’t so necessary to your life that you don’t hurt without it, then you’re in the wrong business.
What do you most hope to accomplish with your influence?
I believe that music is one of the best vehicles for positive change there is. I want to remind people that they aren’t alone, that we are really more alike than our differences suggest—and I’m happy to do it one person and one song at a time.
What is the biggest obstacle you have faced in your career, and how did you overcome it?
As a blind brain tumor survivor, the biggest obstacle I’ve faced (and still work on every day) is equal access to all aspects of music—whether education, technology, or even something like sheet music. Music helped me as a child when I was sick to take me away from the hospital and into my creative world. Music is the closest we can get to the language of the angels and it is an amazing vehicle for positive change. I’m driven and inspired by the fact that music helps put the lie to the idea that we are alone and that no one else could understand us or what we are going through.
What do you want people to remember most about you and your career?
I would hope that people remember that I put my heart and soul into my music and that I left everything on the stage. I also hope people remember that even with the physical challenges I face every day (being blind, having no adrenal function), I used those challenges to help show people that whatever challenges people have, they can take them and use them to help accomplish anything they set their mind and heart to accomplish.
What are you most looking forward to this next month?
I am performing live quite a lot with my band but I am also going to be doing a special program at the Braille Institute in Los Angeles for the students.
Song name: Santa That Plays Guitar
Music Genre:: Holiday/Blues
This song is about what I, as a blues guitar player, would really want for Christmas—a Santa that plays guitar. This is an original Christmas song about what guitar players always want—to play guitar. And at Christmas, it would be even more exciting to play guitar with Santa. I didn’t choose music—it chose me.
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