Joyce J. Rouse

From Wind Repertory Project
Joyce J. Rouse


Joyce Johnson Rouse (aka Earth Mama, b. 1954, Cresco, Iowa) is an American singer, songwriter, actor, and educator.

Ms. Rouse is a graduate of Iowa State University, and earned a Master of Arts degree in earth literacy from St. Mary-of-the-Woods College in Indiana.

Ms. Rouse is the creator of the Earth Mama® music projects. She addresses the critical issues facing our planet, as inspired by her love of Earth and cosmic history. Her songs are heard world-wide through broadcast media, at Earth Mama concerts, and on her 14 CDs which now play on six continents.

She weaves threads of science, spirit and art into her music and continues to write works in many styles with one goal in mind: “Helping Heal the Planet One Song at a Time.” Her music has been used extensively in educational venues and by international environmental and peace organizations such as the United Nations, UNESCO, and the International Earth Charter, as well as The Smithsonian Institution.

Recently released, her homage to the tireless work of the suffragists, HerStory has received acclaimed reviews for visionary songs honoring the lives of ordinary women doing extraordinary work. She performs and speaks regularly at a wide variety of venues.

Ms. Rouse is a 22-year professional voting member of the Grammy Recording Academy.

Works for Winds


  • Earth Mama website. Accessed 21 November 2020
  • Joyce Rouse, personal correspondence, November 2020