Daphne Michele Joyce

Daphne Michele is an autistic trans woman who grew up in the Texas hill country. She is a classical guitarist and singer/songwriter, drawing from her lived experiences to compose her music and lyrics.

Her work is heavily influenced by jazz, folk, outlaw country, and classical music. Some of her favorite artists include: Willie Nelson, Esperanza Spalding, Roland Dyens, Bob Wills/Texas Playboys, Yvette Young, Emmylou Harris, and A. Barrios.

Her first experiences with music were singing in church, and piano lessons as a child. She would also play trombone during high school in a humble 13-person band. She would soon begin to teach herself guitar, and fell deeply in love with fretted instruments. Ever since graduating high school, her life would become exceedingly tumultuous, but she would always find time to practice guitar and write music. She would eventually find her way westward to Los Angeles. Once there, she continued to find opportunities to perform, and continues developing her music.

Vital Statistics

  • Vocalist – true bass/baritone
  • Instrumentalist – guitar, bass, mandolin, banjo
  • Non-Union
  • She/Her/Fae/Faer
  • Transgender woman


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