Vance Joy Is The New Swifties’ Heartthrob

If the name Vance Joy is starting to ring a bell, it’s probably because his star is blowing up as Taylor Swift’s 1989 tour opener. The gorgeous Australian singer-songwriter James Keogh, who adopted his stage name from the novel Bliss, is already having the best year ever playing to sold-out stadiums of enthusiastic Swifties and massive music festivals like NYC’s Governors Ball.

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“I like to create a romantic image without ‘I love you baby and I can’t live without you.’”

There is no question about Keogh’s likability. He’s a kind spirit, seemingly free of arrogance but cloaked in a bit of shyness…which only makes him more intriguing. After the smash 2013 anthem “Riptide” and growing attention from Taylor Swift’s 1989 tour, girls are taking notice of the Vance Joy mystique. Keogh kindly shrugged off idea of being a pretty boy saying, “Any compliment is great… I don’t necessarily think I’m a pretty boy by any means.” He’s not exactly sure where he falls in this whole scale of pretty boys and heartthrobs but simply attributes his appeal to having a good energy as a singer with decent looks.

“I think I’ll always be writing songs from now on…it’s a gift that keeps on giving.”

Keogh is not naive in any sense, aware that his good looks are’t hurting him, but he is onto something about his energy as a performer. As Vance Joy, Keogh is both a captivating live performer with a unique voice and ability to truly tell a story. He’s making his way to girls’ hearts not with obvious, over-the-top love songs but rather with carefully constructed narratives. When writing love songs he said, “I like to create a romantic image without ‘I love you baby and I can’t live without you.’”

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It wasn’t until after university that Keogh got serious about songwriting and now he can’t see a time when he’ll want to stop. “It has its ups and downs but I think I’ll always be writing songs from now on…it’s a gift that keeps on giving,” Keogh said.

Keogh is loving the gift of being on the big stage as Vance Joy, despite the demanding 1989 tour schedule. “I had this feeling the other night when I was on the tour bus that put everything in perspective… It just felt really cool to be on tour and be grateful for what I’m doing,” Keogh said. It’s some much needed solitude on tour where the self-proclaimed introvert has these humble moments, reflecting of how far he’s come: from writing songs in his home to performing in front of thousands of eager listeners at Governors Ball and across the U.S.

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Article + Film by: Shannon Kurlander


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