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Joy Strange-Hutton *UPDATED*

October 2, 2012

The first church I remember attending was a Calvary Chapel Church in Chico, WA where Bob Cull was Pastor. I knew growing up knowing that he and, his wife, Joy used to do albums but never thought much of it as a kid. In recent years, I have been able to get a hold of these albums and I love them. Joy has one of the most amazing voices I have ever heard. I have become a big fan and have tried to get all of the songs that she recorded. Here is a brief history of her life and musical legacy. Joy Strange was born in Kansas and raised in Southern California. As a teen she attended Chuck Smith’s Calvary Chapel in Costa Mesa. Joy and her friend, Cynthia Young, often shared original songs they wrote at many of the evening services. Eventually the girls joined a couple of other musician’s from the church and formed the band Selah. While the band never recorded an album, they did record the song “In Jesus’ Name” on the very first Maranatha! Music album called “The Everlastin’ Jesus Music Concert“. Joy later joined Chuck Butler, Pat Patton & Donny Kobyashi to form the group Parable. Joy wrote & sang the title track for their first album “More Than Words” released in 1975. I recognized their song “Peter James & John” from the radio the minute that I heard the chorus. In 1976, Joy recorded Bob Cull’s song “Open Our Eyes” on the Maranatha! album Praise II (to hear Joy’s version of the song, click on the link. If you search amazon’s MP3 site or itunes for the Maranatha! album Praise 2, it is a re-recording of the album and Joy is not the singer on “Open Our Eyes”). Joy left Parable before their second album was recorded  to collaborate with Bob Cull. In 1979 they released the album “Windborne”. You can listen to the following songs from the album by clicking on the titles, “Sail Away” & “Only The Beginning“. In 1984 they released their second album “Last Horizon“. In 1992 Joy joined Rick Harper & James Gabriel and released the album “Laguna Days” under the name Hutton, Harper & Gabriel. It is very rare and hard to find. If you can get a hold of this album, it is well worth it. Joy sings all the lead vocals. Simply breath taking! In December 2009, Joy joined her brother in law, Vincent Peddle and a host of other musicians and released the album “Textures Of Worship“. This album is available for digital download through iTunes & amazon or you can purchase physical copies here. In my opinion, Joy Hutton has one of the best voices in Christian Music. Out of all the songs she has recorded I think my favorite is “Got To Decide” which she wrote and sang on the album “Last Horizon” with Bob Cull. This song, although written by Joy, was originally recorded by Parable on their second album “Illustrations” in 1977 after Joy left the group. Listen to Joy’s version here. Bob & Joy Cull’s 2 albums were never released on CD. A friend remastered them and burned them on a CD for me and so I have them available. If anyone is interested, contact me at: hermeyjdi@gmail.com. Or you can listen to all the songs from these two albums at youtube.

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