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Joy To The World 2018 Premieres Dec 20 at 8 p.m. on WVPB TV

Joy To The World with Paula Cole

Pianist Bob Thompson returns with 26th edition of Joy to the World, featuring guest-vocalist Paula Cole.

Watch the TV premiere of Joy To The World 2108  Thursday, December 20 at 8 p.m. on WVPB.

Stay tuned at at 9 p.m. for Joy To The World 2017 featuring Eugene Landau Murphy Jr. 

Additional Air Dates for Joy To The World 2018

12/22/18, 9:00 pm WVPB

12/24/18, 8:00 pm WV Channel

12/24/18, 10:00 pm WVPB

12/25/18, 7:01 pm WV Channel


This modern jazz concert celebrates holiday favorites, new and old, performed by WV Music Hall of Fame member Thompson and his band, Doug Payne on saxophone, Timothy Courts on drums, Ryan Kennedy on guitar and John Inghram on bass. Platinum selling vocalist Paula Cole, known for her hits “I Don’t Want to Wait,” and “Where Have All the Cowboys Gone,” will be the featured vocalist. Her most recent release “Ballads”, a twenty-song collection of American jazz and folk classics from the 1930’s to the 1960’s, finds her paying homage to her first love of jazz and folk music.

Cole’s compositions have been covered by a diverse range of artists (jazz legend Herbie Hancock, Annie Lennox, Katherine McPhee, JoJo, hip-hop duo THEY), she has sold approximately three million albums, performed with icons such as Peter Gabriel, Dolly Parton, Herbie Hancock, Emmylou Harris; Amy Lee of Evanescence, Burt Bacharach, Counting Crows, Matchbox 20, and currently has over four hundred thousand monthly listeners on Spotify.