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Vance Joy Shares Brief Cover of DJ Sammy’s ‘Heaven’ via Instagram

Vance Joy has showcased his piano skills in a far-too-brief version of DJ Sammy’s take on the Bryan Adams classic from 1984.

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Justin Bettman*

Vance Joy has revealed what he’s been up to in quarantine, sharing a brief rendition of DJ Sammy’s 2001 single, “Heaven”.

Taking to Instagram overnight, Joy shared the brief piano-led cover, revealing that he had been utilising the time spent inside to practice his playing a little bit more. While he kicks things off with the high-register vocals of the chorus, he wraps it up by showcasing his piano skills, leading to some to wonder if he might tickle the ivories a bit more on his next album.

Of course, it’s worth noting that while Joy’s cover of the track is more in line with DJ Sammy’s version of the track (which hit #4 on the ARIA chart in 2002), the original version was released by Bryan Adams back in 1984 (where it #12 on the Kent Music Report the next year).


This year has been something of a quiet one for Vance Joy otherwise. While the artist began the year working on album number three in Los Angeles, the changing nature of the global landscape saw the Melbourne-based return home, where he’s since emerged occasionally.

While Joy took part in the #TogetherAtHome campaign last month, April saw him premiere a livestream of footage recorded in 2018 during his Nation of Two tour.

“Back in 2018, we filmed one of my biggest headline home town shows to date at Rod Laver Arena on the Nation of Two World Tour,” Vance explained in a statement at the time. “Given we can’t currently go out to see live music we’ve pieced it together so you can relive the show at home indoors.”

While there’s no word yet as to when fans will get a chance to hear the progress Vance Joy has made on his third album, it was recently announced that his Like a Version performance of Sia’s “Elastic Heart” is set to be released as part of Record Store Day late next month.