Pro Trump Singer Joy Villa Says Recent Success is Beyond Her Wildest Dreams
Joy Villa is the relatively obscure singer who became an overnight sensation from wearing a custom gown emblazoned with Donald Trump’s slogan “Make America Great Again.” During a time when singers like Chrisette Michelle were being blackballed by the industry for choosing to perform at the inauguration, her luck has been the complete opposite. In fact her three year old EP I Make the Static has soared in the charts becoming her first record to make it to the Hot 200 chart.
“This is beyond my wildest dreams right now,” Villa tells Billboard. “The spooky thing is that two weeks before the Grammys, I wrote down my goals and one of them was: ‘To be on the top of the Billboard charts with a song I wrote and performed.’ … It’s completely unheard of. I’m an indie, self-published performer who’s mostly toured overseas and is completely self-funded, with a three-year-old album charting. I’ve always wanted to achieve this success; I just didn’t expect it so sudden and so soon.”
There are bound to be a ton of people downloading her EP just for her shared political views without ever hearing her sing before which she says she is completely okay with.
“People like to support those who support their beliefs,” Villa says, “and I believe the overwhelming support, love and record sales I’ve experienced are proof of that.”
Donald Trump supporters have long been described as the silent majority, something that Villa is able to attest to, pointing to her friends that support him but fear backlash for doing so. She says there are people “in my personal circle, which is pretty large and contains a lot of counter-culture characters. My friend singer Kaya Jones of the Pussycat Dolls told me she could finally come out of the closet and wear her Trump 2016 campaign shirt,” Villa says. “Other performers like Ricky Rebel, who came out as gay after being in the boy band No Authority, told me he has always supported Trump but has been afraid to say so. There are many other stories like this — people from all walks of life, all colors, all creeds, and even other countries who support Trump but felt they couldn’t speak up for fear of losing business. My biggest concern was backlash from the public or other artists who I admire in the industry. But I’ve never hidden myself for fear of professional punishment and I wasn’t about to start now.”
Breitbart blogger and self-proclaimed internet villain Milo Yiannopoulos wrote that Villa’s “surge to fame after shocking the Grammys with a pro-Trump dress has proven me right again” in his belief that “being right-wing is the new counterculture, the new punk, an act of rebellion in an era of political correctness, safe spaces, multiculturalism and globalism… She could have played it safe, following the example of Meryl Streep, J.K Rowling and other anti-Trump celebrities, and remain unnoticed. What she did instead was remain true to her values, and as a result commanded the attention of the world last Sunday. Like the punk rockers, she dared to do what no one else would, and reaped the benefits… (I)t’s only a matter of time before the left start calling her a Nazi.”
The Daily Beast called her an internet troll pointing out that she supported Bernie Sanders, as though one is unable to support the President after your top pick loses. “Joy Villa, Pro-Trump Grammys Troll, Is a Hardcore Scientologist Who Backed Bernie” was their headline.
She did point out that despite showing support for Bernie in the past including a Feel the Bern t-shirt ad she retweeted, she did in fact vote for Trump. “I was overseas on tour and all I saw were these over-the-top, bad-news headlines,” she says. “So I was skeptical at first (about Trump), like many Americans were and still continue to be. What really changed for me was when I spent some time researching before going to the polls. And I made the decision I thought was best, personally, as an American. I voted for Trump and I’m glad I did.”
A little known fact about Villa is that she’s a 12 year vegan whose won awards for her stunning body. “I also compete in bikini bodybuilding and have won awards,” she says. “I love showing a strong, feminine figure built on plants.” As a Scientologist of six years, she says, “Having a solid church community and spiritual practice is very important to me. I was raised with a strong belief in God and it helps me stay focused on what’s important. I’m blessed to live in a country where freedom of religion is a beautiful reality.”
The dress that made all of this amazing press and sudden rising popularity happen was designed by a gay immigrant designer by the name of Andre Soriano. “This year Andre called me, sobbing and shocked,” Villa says, “seeing the hate and statements of flat-out violence at the women’s march against the president and the White House. We both voted for and quietly and secretly supported Trump. And we both felt that enough was enough… I knew it would be rough” dealing with the aftermath, she says. “But we weighed the pros and cons and I made the statement to show love, respect, promote tolerance, and hopefully in some small way turn the narrative from hate to ‘Let’s give the guy a chance. He is our president after all.’”
If you’re wondering what’s next up for Joy Villa, she’s commissioned a rush release of a Static Remixes album accompanied by a live cover of Queen’s We Are the Champions, quite appropriate for this election, especially being on the right side of history. “I want to bring the best to these people who have supported me in such an outrageous, kind and phenomenal way,” she says. “Tours, performances, and possibly recording contracts are all in the works… There have been been so many industry people reaching out, it’s honestly overwhelming.”
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