Joey Battaglia aka Joey Batts was born & raised in Uniondale, New York. He started his freshman year at the University of Hartford in 2000 and has been a Connecticut resident ever since. Using his fame and popularity in the music and arts community, the last 6 years has seen Joey take on various community efforts, most notably - Hip Hop for the Homeless. A series of rap concerts that collects food and clothing at venues in different cities and donates all proceeds (both goods & profit) to a cooperating non profit that works closely with the homeless and hungry.
A constant in the Hartford HipHop scene, Joey can be found touring with both his band, Joey Batts & Them, and his new project, the rap supergroup known as UZOO. Possibly even more impressive, Mr. Batts has been a Hartford school teacher for almost a decade - a two time Teacher of the Year candidate, he spends his days teaching American Literature to juniors at Hartford Public High School. Follow his journey @rapjoeybatts