Folk/Pop Singer Spencer LaJoye in Concert Jan. 29 at WCC

Folk/Pop Singer Spencer LaJoye in Concert Jan. 29 at WCC

Spencer LaJoye, folk/pop singer songwriter, violinist, and vocal loop artist, will be performing on Sunday, Jan. 29, 2 pm, at the Waquoit Congregational Church.

Based in Boston, LaJoye (luh-JOY) is an award-winning songwriter and singer. They deliver Broadway-esque melodies, and their performances are equal parts confident quirk and elegant storytelling. LaJoye makes music to tell the truth and return to their body as a queer person in recovery from American Christian evangelicalism.

Spencer grew up as one of eight in a family of musicians in rural Southwest Michigan. At the age of 5, Spencer picked up a violin and pursued classical music until college, when they swapped their bow for a pen. Spencer wrote their first EP as a closeted queer kid in a historically conservative Christian college while pursuing a degree in theology. Spencer’s songwriting and theologizing became tools of self-empowerment amid a culture of shame. Now outspokenly queer, Spencer’s goal is to foster a life-affirming community through music, and to “bring people to church” at their shows.  

Spencer’s first EP “We’ve Been That Way Before” won the WYCE Jammie Award for Listener’s Choice in Grand Rapids, MI, and most recently, Spencer was chosen as a winner of the 2021 Kerrville New Folk Songwriting Competition and an official showcase artist at Folk Alliance Region Midwest, 2022.  

Last fall, Spencer released their new four-track EP, “Remember The Oxygen,” written before, during, and following their coming out as trans/gender non-binary. ​

Their newest single, “Plowshare Prayer,” went viral among hurting and healing people around the world. The studio version was released on Feb. 18, 2022.

The concert is free and opened to all. Donations are gladly accepted. They will be distributed to LGBTQ-related organizations on the Cape.