Shanice Maxwell | 1/23/2013, 7:05 p.m.
“So the album is a compilation of some of that relationship, some of my past relationships and then with higher self — just some of who I wanna be and what I wanna do. It’s vulnerable. Everything you hear on that record I’ve been through and probably 10 times worse.”
After spending time in the trenches with best friend, producer and “partner in crime” as she calls him, Harold “Levelsoundz” Shawn, “After the Rain” was written and produced solely by their joint effort.
“Joy has a healthy, quiet confidence that just rubs off on you,” said Shawn. “It’s nice to have in a friend someone that can uplift you and make you believe in yourself, and she’s definitely had that effect on me, my music composition and life. She just inspires me the most. I’m proud of her successes but know she has so much further to go.”
Proud of her work and overall progress, Daniels decided after eight years of living in the Bean that it was best to explore other horizons.
That’s why in January, Daniels took her talents to L.A. The move was necessary to take her career to the next level, though she’ll miss the bonds she’s built on the East Coast.
“Boston is a really great place to nurture and cultivate your talent, but places like New York and Los Angeles are epicenters where it’s now time to present the product,” she said.
In every strategic move she makes, Daniels makes it a point to actualize her musical goal: changing people’s lives with her music. As a “disciple of Christ” she wants people who may be brokenhearted, hurting and going through difficulties to be reminded of a “higher power, something more, and prompt them to start searching for whatever that is.”
That’s what brings her joy.
“If I could say anything about myself it’s like yes, I do music, I love music and this is my profession and I take it very seriously,” she said. “I’m a great businesswoman [and] all that stuff, but at the end of the day, inside of me is just a little girl who really loves to sing. That’s who I am.”