“I watched a lot of people chase guitars and amps to try to find themselves, like, ‘No, it’s the next guitar. Maybe that will be the one.’ I didn’t do that”: How Joyann Parker discovered that tone is in the fingers – and music can change minds

Joyann Parker
(Image credit: Ian Gibbs)

This article is part of Guitar World’s series of interviews and features with artists addressing and raising awareness around themes of mental health, particularly as they relate to musicians.

Watching Joyann Parker perform is an exercise in exuberance. Her music is a mix of blues, soul, R&B, rock, gospel and all styles in between, and she delivers with fire and abandon. Onstage and in the studio, she’s in her element – passionate and in the moment.

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Alison Richter is a seasoned journalist who interviews musicians, producers, engineers, and other industry professionals, and covers mental health issues for GuitarWorld.com. Writing credits include a wide range of publications, including GuitarWorld.com, MusicRadar.com, Bass Player, TNAG Connoisseur, Reverb, Music Industry News, Acoustic, Drummer, Guitar.com, Gearphoria, She Shreds, Guitar Girl, and Collectible Guitar.