Born in Green Cove Springs, Florida, Joey Stuckey is an award-winning blind guitarist, songwriter, singer, composer, producer, radio & TV personality, music columnist, educator, inspirational speaker, and sound engineer. Stuckey lost his sight and sense of smell as an infant as the result of a brain tumor.
Joey refused to acknowledge the word “disability,” and remained in mainstream education. Scholastically outstanding, Joey Stuckey graduated from high school at the age of 14. At the age of 17 he began his musical career by taking classical guitar lessons from noted music professor Terry Cantwell. Joey continued his musical education by studying with renowned jazz guitarists Stanley Jordan and Steve Crowell.
With a true gift and passion for education, Joey Stuckey travels extensively sharing his music and story. The messages of his inspirational talks are profound and yet simple--never define yourself in terms of your limitations--stay positive, but realistic.
He teaches master classes at high schools and colleges in the subjects of music theory, the art of improvisation and music technology. He is also the professor of music technology at Mercer University at the Macon, GA, campus.
In addition, Joey teaches private students of all ages in the subjects of: music theory, music technology, guitar, bass and vocals.
Here are what a few folks are saying about Joey’s master classes and talks/concerts:
I would like to sing the praises of Joey Stuckey as an event inspirational/motivational speaker and music instructor. I work as the middle school campus minister at Mount de Sales Academy in Macon, GA. As part of my duties, I am responsible for planning the student retreats. Joey has graciously come to many of our 6th and 8th grade retreats. He not only performed, but he also took time to share his triumphant story with them.
From the first word he spoke, he had his audience spellbound which is no mean feat with a room of 92 thirteen year-olds. The students listened intently as he detailed the path his life has taken. Joey candidly spoke of his disability in both a poignant and humorous manner instantly putting the students at ease.
When the floor was opened to questions, the kids clamored to have their questions answered. They were truly moved by his words and impressed with his zeal. Joey ended the day by offering a concert that had each of the students dancing in their seats. Even though he performed at the day's end, the students were willing to stay past the dismissal time in order to drink him in. I would highly recommend Joey Stuckey as a motivational speaker for any age group. He is exceptionally talented as well as humble. I have enjoyed getting to know Joey, and look forward to working with him in the future. Sincerely, Carla Barwick, middle school campus minister, Mount de Sales Academy
Joey Stuckey wowed the Buena Vista University campus in November 2008. Joey was brought to my attention by one of our professors on campus who thought Joey's knowledge of the music industry, performance style, along with his blindness could "wow" our students both in the class as well as on stage. Joey and his wife Jennifer came onto campus a few days prior to his concert. Joey was able to attend some classes where he spoke about the industry as well as how he is able to do this job while being blind. Our students were fascinated and looked forward to him being able to demonstrate what he spoke about on the stage. A few days later, we flew his band in where they played a rocking good show to our BVU population as well as some people from the public. Booking Joey was one of the most pleasurable experiences this campus has had. With me, he was able to book pretty easily. Since we were booking him for multiple days, it did take some time getting our schedules together, but that was the toughest part - the rest was cake! He has one of the friendliest personalities and would talk about or do anything that you asked of him during his stay. He also likes to stay busy, he's not one of those people who are only with you to do a show and then "get out of Dodge". When he was on campus, he was ours and wanted to make sure that we got out of him what we expected (and we got more!). His wife is also a pleasure to be around, and together they are quite the entertainers. The band was also nice and easy to work with both booking and tech-wise. They played a great show and kept us entertained with antics throughout the night! Thank you, Joey, for such a fun event that I could book and to share it with our community! Lisa Wagner, Event Technical Services Director and Academic and Cultural Event Series Director, Buena Vista University (Iowa)
"There are few players out there like Joey who are true artists in every sense of the word. Yes, Joey is a dynamic and soulful guitar player, but when you add singer, songwriter, producer and engineer (and this is just the 'short list') to the mix, the guy is more like a musician/super hero, possessing the talent of at least ten ordinary men! But, beyond that, Joey has passion for what he does, he cares about others, and if that weren't enough, he is a really nice guy. Seriously, where did this guy come from? You just don't meet guys like Joey Stuckey every day, and I consider it an honor and privilege to have him as a member of the Samick/Greg Bennett family.”Tony De La Rosa, Artist Relations/Marketing Manager for Samick Music Corporation
Joey Stuckey is an awesome musician and guitar teacher. His love for music is a great influence on his students. He makes learning fun. He is kind and patient with his students. He loves sharing his knowledge of music with me, which makes all my lessons interesting. I am honored to be able to learn from such a talented musician. Joey Stuckey is a wonderful teacher and friend. Bridger Collins, private guitar student
About a year and a half ago I decided, at 43 years old, to learn to sing well. It's something I have always wanted to do, but never pursued. I decided to take voice lessons. A friend suggested I contact Joey about lessons and I am extremely happy that I did. At first I was terrified to sing in front of anyone. Mortified. But Joey is unique. He has the ability to be supportive and encouraging even when saying, "you've done better" or "that wasn't your best." And I value his opinion; he has so much experience as a singer, songwriter, and musician. I look forward to my weekly lessons and I leave afterward feeling better about my singing AND myself. I credit Joey with making it possible for me to improve my singing while enjoying every step along the way. Stacy Randall, private voice student
Joey Stuckey and his band have shared the stage with legendary artists like Ted Nugent, Bad Company, Trisha Yearwood, James Brown, Clarence Carter, Wet Willie, the B-52’s, Kevn Kinney from Drivin’ N Cryin, and Smashmouth. In his other roles as either producer, composer, music columnist, sound engineer or hired musician, Stuckey has worked with musical greats like Hughie Thomasson (from Lynyrd Skynard and the Outlaws), Jimmy Herring (fror m The Aquarium Rescue Unit, Frog Wing, The Allman Brothers Band, and The Others/Grateful Dead), Danny Seraphin (drummer from supergroup Chicago and currently with California Transit Authority CTA), Hamp Swain (the Original King Bee), Lee Brice, comedian Tim Wilson, Allen Vizzuti (from Chick Corea, Doc Severinson Orchestra, and Chuck Mangione), David Ragsdale (from Kansas and The Smashing Pumpkins), Randall Bramblett (from Traffic, Steve Winwood Band and Gregg Allman Band), Doyle Dykes, Connie Haines (from Harry James and The Tommy Dorsey Orchestra), Ike Turner, Carole King, Chris Hillman (from the Byrds and Desert Rose Band), Jerry Peake (bassist for Steve Morse Band), Ben Tucker (Herbie Mann, Mel Torme), John Dunn (Earth, Wind, and Fire), Jimmy Hall (from Wet Willie, Hank Williams, Jr., and the Nighthawks), Charlie Daniels, George McCorkle (from Marshall Tucker Band), Razzy Bailey, Mike Mills (R.E.M.), Robert McDuffie, Maestro Robert Spano (Atlanta Symphony Orchestra), Sammy Nestico (composer/arranger for Frank Sinatra and the Count Basie Orchestra), and actor Ron Lester from the movies “Goodburger” and “Varsity Blues” and the WB television show “Popular.”
Honors & Awards
1999 - Atlanta Society of Entertainers Recording Artist of the Year
2000 - Atlanta Country Music Hall of Fame Cotton Carrier Award
2000 & 2005 - Atlanta Society of Entertainers Little Jimmy Dempsey Award for Musical Excellence
2001-2009 - AtlantaSociety of Entertainers Jazz Artist of the Year
2004 - Reader’s Choice Award for singer/songwriter, “11th Hour Magazine”
2006 - Atlanta Country Music Hall of Fame Ray Melton “Music Man” Award
2006 - Appointed the official Ambassador of Music for Macon, Georgia, by its Mayor and city council
2007 - Atlanta Society of Entertainers Jimmy Bryant “Guitar Man” Award
2009 - Prominently featured in “Street Singers, Soul Shakers, Rebels Without a Cause: Music From Macon”
2010 - Proclamation and Key to the City of Green Cove Springs, Florida
2011 - NewTown Macon Special Recognition Award for Partners in Progress
Joey Stuckey Discography
“Live and Stuff” and “Live and More Stuff” were both recorded at the historic Douglass Theater in Macon, Georgia, where Little Richard, Otis Redding, James Brown and other southern greats made their debut.
2003 “So Far”
2001 “Live and More Stuff: The Sequel to the Prequel”
2000 “Live and Stuff”
1999 “Ironies, Pain, and the Light That Guides”
1995 “Take a Walk in the Shadows”
NARAS/Grammy (National Association of Recording Arts & Sciences)?Atlanta Chapter, voting member
GMIA (Georgia Music Industry Association), President Emeritus Macon Chapter
International Jazz Educators Association
GACCA (Georgia Assembly of Community Arts Agencies)
Georgia Allman Brothers Band Association, founding member
Georgia Music Hall of Fame Advisory Committee, youngest appointed member