|Born||Wooster, Ohio, United States|
|Genres||Blues, rock, soul|
|Instruments||Vocals, guitar, piano|
|Associated acts||Josh Krajcik Band|
Joshua Andrew "Josh" Krajcik is an American singer-songwriter who currently resides in Columbus, Ohio. He began his career as a solo artist and later went on to form the Josh Krajcik Band with Corey Gillen and Mitch Pinkston. He was the runner-up in the first season of The X Factor USA in 2011.
Josh was born in Wooster, Ohio to Lisa and Ron Krajcik. Josh has an older brother named Zack. He began taking piano lessons at an early age and has indicated that he had one piano teacher that taught him basic music theory as well as how to read music, while another piano teacher taught him how to play by ear. Josh was in junior high when he began playing guitar. He received his first guitar, a Fender Stratocaster, from his dad, Ron, when he was 12 years old. His father also plays guitar and the two have been known to often jam together.
Triway High School
While Josh's hometown is Wooster, he did not attend Wooster City Schools. Josh attended nearby Triway Local Schools where he graduated from Triway High School in 1999. Josh was a member of the choir during his high school years and is still an ardent supporter of the arts in education, specifically the Triway Local Schools Music Boosters.
Some media outlets have reported that Josh began performing in front of live audiences during his teenage years. Josh himself admits to lying about his age in order to get early gigs at bars around Wayne County, Ohio. His first gig was at a bar near Lodi, Ohio, called The Shady Glen. Despite being only 16 at the time, Josh convinced the owners he was 22 and received $100 for the gig. After high school, Josh fronted a number of bands and projects while living in the Wooster, Ohio, area. Unreleased tracks are in limited circulation from Josh's time with "Etherface " and Love Lies Bleeding.
He has played various venues in Ohio, including in Columbus, Cleveland, Cincinnati, Akron, Bowling Green, Wooster and others.
Josh Krajcik Band
After years of performing solo and in bands, Josh was introduced to bass player Mitch Pinkston in Bowling Green, Ohio. Once Mitch graduated from Bowling Green State University, he moved to Columbus. Josh would visit and play acoustic shows with Mitch. In 2005, Josh booked a full band show at a venue called The Blues Station (now The Garage Bar) without having a drummer for the band. Josh asked the sound engineer at the club, Eric French, if he knew anybody that could sit in and play drums for the show. Eric introduced Josh to local drummer Corey Gillen, and the three would continue performing together as Josh Krajcik Band through 2011, with rhythm guitar player, Eric French, added to the band in early 2011.
After the formation of Josh Krajcik Band, Josh promptly recorded the band’s first record “Ghosts” (2005) with Joe Viers at Schwab Studios in Columbus, Ohio. Shortly after, the band went on tour to support Hollywood Records artist, and fellow Ohio native, Gran Bel Fisher. On tour they opened for such prestigious artists as: Corinne Bailey Rae, Brandi Carlile, and The Fray. After performing at Bonnaroo in 2006, they appeared on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live! and NPR’s renowned World Café in 2007.
Upon their return to Ohio, Josh Krajcik Band continued building its fan-base in the mid-west by playing live shows in Columbus (Comfest), Wooster (Javapalooza, WoosterFest), Cleveland (Brother’s Lounge), Cincinnati (Mt Adams Music Festival), Toledo, Newport (Southgate House), and Nashville (The Billy Block Show). They also began working on songs for their second record, “Atavistic.” Looking to build upon the feel and mood of “Ghosts,” they again worked with co-producer/engineer Joe Viers, this time at Sonic Lounge Studios in Grove City, Ohio. A release party was held for “Atavistic” on February 11, 2011, at Victory’s in the Columbus, Ohio, Brewery District.
- Ghosts (2005)
- The Push
- Way of the World
- I Knew You Once
- Easily Lost Easily One
- The Pull
- The Harrowing
- Rooftop 39
- Wide Awake
- Nearing Neptune
- Atavistic (2011)
- As Long As It Takes
- Crawl Out
- Josh Krajcik (2012)
- One Thing She'll Never Know
- Don't Make Me Hopeful
- Let Me Hold You
- Blindly, Lonely, Lovely (2013)
- Back Where We Belong
- No Better Lovers
- The Remedy
- Close Your Eyes
- When You Go
- Don't Make Me Hopeful
- One Thing She'll Never Know
- Her Song
- Let Me Hold You
- Lost At Sea (iTunes Bonus Track)
The X Factor
Josh auditioned for the first season of Simon Cowell's The X Factor USA in the fall of 2011. He made the trip to Chicago, Illinois, to audition with his mother. Josh performed "At Last" at his audition. The video of his audition has been viewed over 10 million times on YouTube. He went on to become one of the Top 32 and performed in the Judges Houses round “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face” in front of special guest Enrique Iglesias and mentor Nicole Scherzinger. From there, he moved on to become one of the finalists (Final 16), qualifying for the live shows in the Over-30s category mentored by Scherzinger. During the live shows, he gave the following performances:
Performances and results
|Performance||Theme||Song choice||Original artist||Order||Result|
|Audition||Auditionee's choice||"At Last"||Glenn Miller and his orchestra, with vocals by Ray Eberle and Pat Friday||N/A||Through to bootcamp|
|Bootcamp 1||Judge's choice||"Superman (It's Not Easy)"||Five for Fighting||Advanced|
|Bootcamp 2||Auditionee's choice||"Up to the Mountain (MLK Song)"||Patty Griffin||Through to judges' houses|
|Judges' houses||Solo||"The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face"||Ewan MacColl||Through to live shows|
|Top 17||N/A||"Forever Young"||Bob Dylan||12||Saved by Nicole Scherzinger|
|Top 12||N/A||"Jar of Hearts"||Christina Perri||6||Safe (3rd)|
|Top 11||Songs from movies||"With a Little Help from My Friends"||The Beatles||9||Safe (6th)|
|Top 10||Rock||"The Pretender"||Foo Fighters||6||Safe (3rd)|
|Top 9||Giving thanks||"Wild Horses"||The Rolling Stones||9||Safe (1st)|
|Top 7||Michael Jackson||"Dirty Diana"||Michael Jackson||1||Safe (4th)|
|Top 5||Dance hits||"We Found Love"||Rihanna||4||Safe (3rd)|
|"Save-me" songs||"Something"||The Beatles|
|Top 4||Pepsi Challenge||"Come Together"||The Beatles||4||Safe (3rd)|
|"Get me to the final" songs (no specific theme)||"Hallelujah"||Leonard Cohen|
|Top 3||Celebrity duets||"Uninvited"||Alanis Morissette||1||Runner-up (2nd)|
|Audition songs||"At Last"||Glenn Miller and his orchestra, with vocals by Ray Eberle and Pat Friday||4|
|Finale||Christmas Songs||"Please Come Home for Christmas"||Charles Brown||3|
After The X Factor
After finishing The X Factor, Josh began working on his album and touring regionally in the midwest. Recording for the album took place between Los Angeles and London. Throughout the recording process Josh worked with producers Eg White, Steve Robson, Steve Kipner, Andrew Frampton, and more. He continued to play sold-out shows throughout the midwest while the album was mixed and mastered.
On November 29th, 2012, Krajcik performed as a guest artist on The X Factor. He performed his song "One Thing She'll Never Know" and released a 4-song EP on iTunes, titled Josh Krajcik EP, that same night. In recent interviews Josh has stated that he will continue to tour and release a full length album in Spring 2013. On February 8th, Krajcik confirmed the release of his first album Blindly, Lonely, Lovely, to be released April 2nd.
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- Official Josh Krajcik website
- Official Josh Krajcik fan website
- The official site of THE X FACTOR USA