By Devin Bartolotta

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Before the big fireworks show at midnight for Baltimore’s New Year’s Eve spectacular, visitors enjoyed some fantastic live music from a local artist.

The night’s singer was Baltimore-based Alexis Joyce, and before the extravaganza, she told WJZ she was ready to help revelers dance their way into 2018.

Joyce turned up the volume and fired up the crowd as Baltimore counted down to the stroke of midnight.

From inside the recording studio, where she’s working on some new music, she told WJZ about the huge honor of performing for thousands.

“When I think about it, I mean, I’m all smiles. I’m excited gearing up for it, but I am a little nervous,” Joyce says.

By day, Joyce is a Baltimore City Public Schools teacher. Her classroom is a creative, bright reflection of the soulful R&B she records and performs.

“It’s a little bit of every genre for every type of person that’s gonna come out, and Baltimore’s a very diverse city,” Joyce says.

The life-long singer says she was ready to rock till the New Year with Charm City.

“I want them to bring the New Year in right! I want them to come down, I want them to dance 2017 away! Okay? That’s my goal,” Joyce says.

The jazzy, soulful singer’s performance started at 9 p.m. Sunday in the Inner Harbor. Joyce also performed at Light City and Artscape earlier this year.

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