Interview Spotlight: Musician Josiah James

Josiah James is an incredible talent and has accomplished so much in his young life. He has performed all over the world as well as being a songwriter for artists such as Lincoln Brewster and Audio Adrenaline. Visit his website at www.josiahjames.com.

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When did you start singing and writing songs?

“I started writing and playing music when I was 13 years old.”

 

How did you get connected with a recording studio?

“The first time was a local artist who had a home studio, the next was a producer I found online, and the third was a local producer I befriended.”

 

Where does your inspiration for songwriting come from?

“Honestly hardships mostly and discovering God’s grace in those times. My life in faith is where I pull most of my ideas from.”

 

Where are some of the places you have performed at?

“I’ve done a handful of coast to coast tours covering most of the USA. Toured to Philippines, Austria, Netherlands, and Canada.”

 

You have written for some incredible artists/bands. Tell us what that is like.

“The songs that were used were songs I had written originally for my own project and I’ve been blessed to have other artists cover them. Taking them further than I ever could.”

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When did you start playing guitar?

“I started playing about 6 years ago.”

 

What is your favorite thing about playing the guitar?

“The freeing feeling that it gives is amazing, but honestly it’s the doors playing guitar opens as far as friendships go that I love the most. In fact, I wouldn’t have most of my best friends if I didn’t pick up guitar.”

 

What is one memorable thing you remember most from being a musician?

“Gosh, one of my favorite memories is the very first time I played the electric on stage to “Don’t Stop Believing” by Journey for Relay for Life with a whole bunch of my friends. It was just an amazingly fun experience.”

 

Who is your biggest inspiration for your music?

“Gosh, it really depends on what you mean. As far as just playing goes, Ben Kasica is my all time favorite, but if you’re asking who I look up to and try to model the most as a person I would say Tim Rosenau or Timmy Rose of TobyMac. The guy has had such an impact on my life.”

 

What are your aspirations for the future as a musician?

“Great question, honestly I just want to be able to do it full time in what ever way the Lord tells me to!”

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When did you start singing?

At age 6. I was a pro at Mary Had a Little Lamb.

 

Why did you start singing?

I started singing because I had such a passion for it. I learned very quickly that I hold all my emotions in and singing was the only way that allowed me to release those feelings.

 

Is your family musical?

I believe my parents have hidden talents that they don’t want to share. My sister is incredibly talented and musical. She sings and did the harmonies on my album. She also plays piano better than me, plays the guitar, and is quite the glockenspiel player.

 

What instruments do you play?

I play piano, glockenspiel, violin, the recorder like every other elementary student, and I aspire to play more than 4 chords on the guitar.

 

Do you get nervous before performances?

This is a great question. I used to get extremely nervous when I was young. I think I have been performing long enough and been making multiple mistakes that I have gotten over it. The worst that can happen is you make a mistake, you learn, and move past it. Keeping this in my head has helped me to get rid of those nerves and just go out and have a good time worshiping and sharing my story.

 

What advice would you give to aspiring musicians?

NEVER GIVE UP. If God has laid it on you heart to do music, then He is going to use you in this. Don’t ever let anyone tell you it’s not realistic or you’re not good enough. Keep putting in the effort. God will bless your hard work.