Megan Joy (born September 18, 1985 as Megan Joy Knudsen), formerly known as Megan Joy Corkrey, is an American singer-songwriter and actress from Sandy, Utah, who was the ninth place finalist on the eighth season of American Idol. With funding by her fans through Kickstarter, Joy was able to compose her self-titled debut EP. Backers of the project received the EP on April 27, 2012. Joy released her debut album, Megan Joy, on April 25, 2012.
Early life and education
Joy used to work as a font designer for a company called SendOutCards. She has a mom, a stepdad, a sister, and a brother named CJ. According to Joy, she began to sing at a very young age. She has stated that she is musically inspired by, among others, Björk after listening to her when she was 16. Joy revealed that she “tried out for everything I could think of during junior high, in high school – didn’t make anything,” she added that “Even the choir that anyone can be in, I wouldn’t even make like a silly little solo.
Joy auditioned for the eighth season of American Idol in Salt Lake City, Utah, in 2008, coincidentally on her birthday. She sang “Can’t Help Lovin’ Dat Man” by Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II. Simon Cowell said she had a seriously good voice and he loved it and Kara DioGuardi said that Joy was an interesting girl and that she had an incredible face. Joy then advanced to the Hollywood audition rounds with all of the judges saying yes. Joy had to have a sing-off with another contestant (later identified as Lacey Brown, who eventually became a Season 9 contestant) who hoped to make the competition’s Top 36, with Joy being the one picked by the judges.