In the world of gospel music, Joy Roberts of Decatur is no stranger to awards.
In 2012 she earned the International Country Gospel Music Association’s Horizon award as its most promising rising star. Last year she was named the ICGMA’s Female Vocalist of the Year.
So what was left for this year? How about Album of the Year?
That’s the award Roberts captured at the group’s annual three-day music event Aug. 7-9 in West Plains, Mo.
The album, titled “Choices,” was recorded in January in Nashville. One song off the album, “Straight and Narrow,” was released in June to 1,000 radio stations nationwide. It debuted at No. 44 on the Nashville Power Source chart and has since climbed to No. 15.
Roberts was honored at the 58th annual celebration of the ICGMA at the West Plains Civic Center. Three days of comedy and music culminates in the awards ceremony.
Joy’s roots in gospel and country music are deep. She grew up singing at family gatherings and church while perfecting her horsemanship. As a young wife and mother, she was invited to the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo to compete in the “Ranch Girls Barrel Race” for 16 years.
After losing her children’s father when they were 9 and 7, she spent the next several years trying to provide all she could to help them through various school and sports activities. They both went to college on rodeo scholarships.
In the meantime, she met and married Cotton Roberts, who helped with her daughters’ rodeo activities. For years, Cotton and Joy ministered at roping events, bull ridings, churches and any other place they could. Now they own and operate two businesses in Decatur – New Frontier Insurance and Cowgirl Auto Sales.
In addition to solo appearances, Roberts also sings with Texas Praise and is a regular on “The Little Branson Show” at the Decatur Civic Center.
Her CDs are available at David’s Western Wear as well as on her website, joyrobertsministries.com.