I am a full time musician, born and raised in New York, currently living in L.A. I also spend time writing in Nashville.


Logging in one thousand live shows locally, I got my first real taste of the industry with the band Boystown. We signed a single deal in England with EMI, toured and recorded an album. My second break was a big one. I was lead guitarist/co-writer in the band Coward. In 1995, after only 6 months of playing around Manhattan, we managed to create a bidding war and ended up signing a record deal with Elektra Records. Shortly after signing the record deal, we signed a publishing deal with Warner-Chappel. We recorded our album in some of the world's best studios (Bearsville, Conway, Sear Sound) co-producing it with the late Jerry Finn (Green Day, Blink 182, Sum 41, Rancid, Butch Walker), engineered by Sean O'Dwyer. When the Coward record came out in 1996; we made a video, appeared on MTV and toured (mainly with labelmates Third Eye Blind).

After Coward, I moved to California. I played lead guitar and was Musical Director for Capitol recording artist Tommy Henriksen. The first single placed in the motion picture Blast From the Past. After Tommy, I played guitar for Capitol recording artist Meredith Brooks ("I'm a Bitch"). The band was massive; Herman Matthews on drums (Tom Jones, Tower of Power, Kenny Loggins, Richard Marx), Will Hollis on keys (currently playing for The Eagles, Don Henley), Mark Meadows on bass (Edgar Winter, John Waite). It was with Meredith that I got to fulfill one of my childhood dreams, playing Madison Square Garden. We opened for The Eurythmics. I also played The Staples Center, did a bunch of TV shows (Jay Leno, Rosie O'Donnell, Queen Latifah, Martin Short). We toured around the US and Europe.

After that, I kept myself busy writing, producing and performing. I released Classic New Rock, and joined another band, Honey River. I've also been touring with legendary rock group The Babys, who reformed in 2013 and have since released a new album titled I'll Have Some of That! which included the song "I See You There" (which I wrote).


Most recently, in 2021 Joey has been producing and writing songs for Lance Lopez. Lance is a Blues Rock giant, signed to Cleopatra Records. As a singer and guitarist, there are not many artists that can hang with Lance Lopez. The album, titled “Trouble is Good”, is due out Spring 2023.

A R T I S T S   I ' V E   P E R F O R M E D   W I T H / S H A R E D   A   S T A G E

W I T H :

Honey River

The Babys

Hall and Oates

Collective Soul

Tommy Shaw (Styx)

Jeff Pilson (Foreigner, Dokken)

Don Henley

The Eurythmics

Johnny Gale

Kelly Keagy (Night Ranger)

John Entwistle (The Who)

Paul Stanley (Kiss)

John Mellencamp

Barenaked Ladies

Third Eye Blind

Tico Torres (Bon Jovi)

Bryan Adams


Queen Latifah

Louis Prima Jr.

Cherie Curry (The Runaways)


M O V I E   /   V I D E O   /   T V   A P P E A R A N C E S :

Major motion picture Across the Universe (guitar player on rooftop)

Tonight Show with Jay Leno (guitarist for Meredith Brooks- twice)

Hard Rock Live on VH1 (guitarist for Meredith Brooks)

Rosie O'Donnell Show (guitarist for Meredith Brooks)

Queen Latifah Show (guitaist for Meredith Brooks)

Martin Short Show (guitarist for Meredith Brooks)

Top of the Pops (Germany; guitarist for Meredith Brooks)

Mike Bullard Show (Toronto, Canada; guitarist for Meredith Brooks)

MTV Oddville (with Coward)



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T V  /  F I L M   P L A C E M E N T S  [ s o n g s  /  e p i s o d e s   a v a i l a b l e

o n   r e q u e s t ] :

Major motion picture The Purge: Election Year film. July 2016.

Produced by Jason Blum, Sebastien Lemercier, Michael Bay, Brad Fuller and Andrew Form.

"Green Paper Burns" with Frankee Razor (placement available on request).


Major motion picture Attack of the 50 Foot Cheerleader film. August 2012.

Produced by Roger Corman. 8 songs placed (titles available on request).

Major motion picture Daddy Day Camp

Ghost Whisperer

The Hills

Brothers & Sisters

Las Vegas

Gossip Girl

CMT Cribs

Legally Blondes (TV movie)



What About Brian

All My Children

CMT Cribs


M U S I C    V I D E O S :

The Babys "I See You There"

The Babys "Not Ready to Say Goodbye"

Tommy Henriksen "I See the Sun" (Capitol Records)

Coward "I Don't Care" (Elektra Records)

Meredith Brooks "Lay Down" (Capitol Records)

Joey Sykes "He Never Cried"

Joey Sykes "That's American Life"

Joey Sykes "Everything Must Go"

Joey Sykes "Take Me Someplace Else"

Honey River "Peace, Love and Happiness" (to be released March 2017)



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A D D I T I O N A L    C O L L A B O R A T O R S :

Donny Anderson

Gordon Brown

Derry Grehen (Honeymoon Suites)

Kevin Fisher

Johnny Gale

Kim Gold

Loren Gold

Shep Goodman

Fabrizio Grossi

Alessia Guarnera

Tommy Henriksen

Will Hollis

Dan Leverty

Dezmond Meeks

Facundo Monty

Jeff Pilson

Dave Polemeni

Frankee Razor

Saul Zonana



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A R T I S T   P R O D U C T I O N  /  M A N A G E M E N T :

Honey River (Production)

Coward (Elektra Records, Co-Production)

Frankee Razor (Production, Musical Director)

Natural (BMG Records Germany, Producer)

Noah Joy (Artist Manager, Production)

Desmond Meeks (Song Seven Media, Production, Musical Director)


P E R F O R M E D   I N  T H E   F O L L O W I N G   C O U N T R I E S :

United States, England, Canada, Germany, Spain, Switzerland


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