About Us

Joy Tillis could easily identify and sing all the music and words to products in the local grocery store at the age of five – long before she knew what they were. Her love of music has lasted her entire life. She studied and still avidly plays piano, and sings in two concert choirs in Chicago, her home for the past 30 years. Joy received a BA in Creative Writing and Music from the University of Iowa after studying in their prestigious Writers’ Workshop. She was Director of Public Relations for a national commodities brokerage firm for twelve years and a media planner/buyer for a Chicago commercial post production house for five years before starting WJOY Music Search & Licensing in 1991. Joy also served as event planner for the Womens’ Advertising Club of Chicago and event consultant for the Chicago String Ensemble Board.


Quaker Oats, J. C. Penney’s, McDonald’s, Michelob, Pfizer, Kraft Foods, Bud Light, Gerber Products, Gannett Newspapers, Crate & Barrel, Chicago Symphony Center, Sears, Attorney Services, Political Campaigns, Paralegal Services, Field Museum of Chicago, K-Mart, Chevy Dealer Groups, Price Waterhouse Coopers

Leo Burnett Co., Foote Cone & Belding, DDB, J. Walter Thompson, Euro Tatham RSCG, Publicis & Hal Riney & Partners, the Leap Partnership, BBDO, BBDS, Cramer-Krasselt, Ogilvy & Mather Chicago, Muller & Co., Burkhardt and Hillman, Closerlook Creative, Stein Rogan & Partners, Italia Advertising, Lois/EJL, The Rosen Group, the Sonalysts Group, Caribiner, Noble & Associates, Dobson Video Productions, Inc., Chicago Creative Partners, Lawrence Productions, Tom Reilly Advertising, NW Ayer – New York, and MRP Communications

American Lung Association, PAWS With A Cause, Adrian Dominican Order, National Public Radio, Catholic Health Institute, Channel 38: “Primary Focus”, YMCA, Milwaukee Arts United Performing Arts Fund, Museum of Science & Industry-Chicago, Shedd Aquarium-Chicago, National Youth Crisis Hotline

Production/Post Production and Music Companies:
Toast Productions, Editel, Harvest Music & Sound Design, Swell, Power Post Video, Mosaic Music Productions, COMtrack, Intuition Music, Chameleon Music, Steve Ford Music, Deaf Dog Music WJOY has also scored extreme videos and has worked for a variety of independent feature film and documentary film makers.