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The 2021 Angelos Artist Awardee

Joy Yoojin Kim

music educator, violinist and a singer-songwriter.

Joy Kim is a music educator, violinist and a singer-songwriter. She studied at the Indiana University, the Juilliard School and Peabody Conservatory and was selected to be the concertmistress at all the schools above. Although she could have continued living her life as a professional musician, she chose to take on a very different life journey. She moved to the Middle East to restore hope in the forgotten and overlooked people groups through giving quality music education. Currently, Joy, her husband Jae, and their three year old son Covenant live in a remote city in the Middle East.  Joy is a recognized singer-songwriter as well and released her own songs through two regular albums and a mini album, “Can I Sing For You?” (2012), “The Father’s Heart” (2014), and “The Story I Told the Stars” (2018). 


The history behind this award begins with a wonderful Christian luthier named Clive Morris from the United Kingdom, who had decided to create a cello to financially support AME. He named the cello 9/11 and placed it on the London Tarisio auction to be sold and all of the proceeds to be transferred to AME. In the Spring of 2012, this cello was sold to a Christian lady who bought the cello to praise God at her church in Chicago. In honor of Clive Morris, AME has decided to use part of the 9/11 cello fund to annually honor people like Clive who inspire and empower many with their generous gift and deep faith in God.  During the AME's annual benefit concert, this award will be honored to a Christian artist that embodies what AME is all about. A person that uses their gifting and excellence in the arts to EXALT God above all and EMPOWER the youth by using their platform to EXTEND God's love to all.

Past Angelos Artist Award Recipients:


2012 Mia Chung, piano

2013 Dean Stephen Clapp

2014 Clive Morris, luthier

2015 Hyunah Yu, soprano

2016 Elizabeth Larson, violin

2017 Gary Parret, psalmist

2018 Rosie Jon,painter

2019 Reveren Hyeon Soo Lim

2021 Joy Yoojin Kim, singer violin song-writer