All Prodigal Daughters & Sons

by Emily Joy

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Shaking your fist at God and man can be intensely satisfying—for a while. But when the dust settles and your anger becomes an exhausting muse, what then? How do you move forward with the vestiges of a faith that has been picked apart until it is barely recognizable as your own? What does it look like to face our corporate complicity in the oppression of the world and resolve to do better in a meaningful way? And is it possible to continue to believe that God is at work in it all?

These are the questions out of which All Prodigal Daughters and Sons is being born. Since my first spoken word album, I’ve changed my mind and changed it again on a dozen different topics and deconstructed my faith so thoroughly there were times I wondered if it would survive. Coming face to face with the darkness not just in your communities and your churches but in your very own soul is a very difficult thing to do. And I’m by no means finished.

But for me, the time for fist-shaking and wound-licking and mourning and lament is over. The time for rebuilding and rebuking and fighting for the light has begun.

All Prodigal Daughters and Sons will be a full length album of spoken word poetry matched with all-original music, dealing with topics such as church, romance, rejection, sexuality, feminism, doubt, oppression, and more. It is my hope that this project will, as the old saying goes, comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable—that it will inspire those who hear it to greater depths of faith and doubt than they have known.


released July 13, 2015

Recorded, Mixed & Mastered @ Alter-boy Productions 2015

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Emily Joy Chicago, Illinois

Emily Joy is a spoken word poet and Midwest native currently residing in Nashville, TN. She makes her living as a freelance writer and traveling poet. Emily is passionate about challenging the status quo of the universe through art and empowering people, especially women, to pursue justice, speak their truths and ask hard questions. ... more

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