Josh Ramsay

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Josh Ramsay
Josh Ramsay 2010.jpg
Ramsay at the Ottawa Bluesfest in 2010
Background information
Born Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Origin Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Genres Pop Punk, Pop Rock, Punk Rock (early), Emo Rock (early), Alternative Rock
Occupation(s) Musician, singer-songwriter, producer, actor, vocal coach, dancer
Years active 1999–present
Labels 604 Records, Cherrytree Records
Associated acts Marianas Trench, Carly Rae Jepsen, Danny Fernandes, Emily Osment
Website [www.marianastrench.net]

Josh Ramsay is a Canadian singer, songwriter, producer, recording engineer, actor, and the lead vocalist of the multi-platinum selling band Marianas Trench.[1]

Early life[edit]

Josh Ramsay went to high school at Magee Secondary School. He grew up in a family filled with music. His mother was a vocal teacher to students and his father owned a recording studio. Ramsay inherited that love of music by initially starting his own solo career at the young age of 14. He decided later that he needed a supporting band. Ramsay got together with his high school friend, Matt Webb, and found two local musicians Morgan Hempsted and Steve Marshall. The four were members of a band entitled Ramsay Fiction.

Ramsay and Webb had to search for new band members after Ramsay Fiction didn't work out. Ramsay found the drummer Ian Casselman in a wanted ad in the Georgia Straight. Ian was a help in finding the bassist Mike Ayley later in which they were in a band together previously. The four members formed the band Fix Me to represent the struggles that Josh had experienced throughout high school which was later changed to Marianas Trench and Fix me was used as the title for the first album.[2]

Marianas Trench[edit]

Ramsay formed the band Marianas Trench in 2001 and released their first self-titled EP, which contained songs that would appear on their limited edition video single, the Say Anything EP, their second EP Marianas Trench, and debut album Fix Me. The band later signed with 604 Records, through the assistance of owner Chad Kroeger and co-owner Jonathan Simkin.

He is also a successful producer and a songwriter for a wide array of artists including Carly Rae Jepsen, nickleback, Simple Plan, Faber Drive, and Emily Osment. Ramsay works primarily out of "The Umbrella Factory," a studio he himself owns in Vancouver, BC. Josh plays 13 instruments, and often plays all of the instruments on the songs he produces for other artists.

Some of his most successful works of late include "Call Me Maybe," by Carly Rae Jepsen, which was nominated for song of the year at the 2013 Grammy Awards, "Hit Me Up" by Danny Fernandes, "Fallout," and "Haven't Had Enough" the latter two by Ramsay's own Marianas Trench.

"Ever After," the third studio album from Ramsay's band "Marianas Trench," went gold in its first week.

He provided vocals for the opening theme song for The Hub's Transformers: Rescue Bots.

On December 2012 it was announced that Ramsay was nominated for a 2013 Grammy Award for Song of the Year for co-writing Call Me Maybe with Carly Rae Jepsen and Tavish Crowe. Josh Ramsay also is featured in another Carly Rae Jepsen song; Sour Candy.

On April 22, 2013 at the annual Juno Awards, Marianas Trench won the 2013 Juno Award for Group of the Year.

Discography[edit]

Singles[edit]

List of singles, with selected chart positions and certifications
Title Year Peak chart positions Album
CAN
[3]
"Hush"(with Emily Osment) 2011 90 non-album single

Featured singles[edit]

List of singles, with selected chart positions and certifications
Title Year Peak chart positions Certification Album
CAN
[4]
"Sour Candy"
(Carly Rae Jepsen featuring Josh Ramsay)
2009 Tug of War
"Hit Me Up"
(Danny Fernandes featuring Josh Ramsay & Belly)
2011 22
  • CAN: Platinum[5]
AutomaticLUV

Other appearances[edit]

Year Title Artist Album Notes
2002 "Beautiful Blue" Holly McNarland Home Is Where My Feet Are Backing-vocal
2009 "Give Him Up" Faber Drive Can't Keep A Secret Songwriter
"Forever" Faber Drive Can't Keep A Secret Songwriter
2010 "Wavin' Flag" Young Artists for Haiti Backing-vocal
"Witness" Jakalope Things That Go Jump In The Night Songwriter and backing-vocal
"Hate Love" Girlicious Rebuilt Songwriter and producer
2011 "Passenger Window" Melissa Rae Barrie Breakaway Songwriter and producer, drums, guitar, bass, keyboards, backing vocals
"Call Me Maybe" Carly Rae Jepsen Curiosity Songwriter and producer, guitars, bass, backing vocals
"Landslide" Matt Webb Coda and Jacket Songwriter, producer, mixer, programmer, drummer
"Stage I Remember" Matt Webb Coda and Jacket Songwriter, producer, backing-vocal, mixer, programmer, drummer
2012 "Guitar String / Wedding Ring" Carly Rae Jepsen Kiss Songwriter and producer
"Drama Queen" Suzie McNeil Dear Love Songwriter and producer
"Tough Love (featuring Anami Vice)" Suzie McNeil Dear Love Songwriter and producer
"Take Your Shirt Off" Anami Vice Are You Serious Producer
"Heres To The Times" By Starlight "Antics" Producer
2013 "Save Your Breath" Jessica Lee "Carried Away" Songwriter and producer
"Stop And Go" Jessica Lee "Carried Away" Songwriter and producer
2014 "Satellite" Nickleback "No Fixed Address" Songwriter, backing vocals
"She Keeps Me Up" Nickleback "No Fixed Address" Songwriter, backing vocals, guitar

Filmography[edit]

Television
Year Title Role Notes
2006 Kyle XY Henry Smiter Guest appearance in Season 2 Episode 3 - The List is Life
2007 Social Code He Said She Said Actor Music Video
2007 Video on Trial Judge 2 episodes
2010 The Next Star Vocal Coach 4 episodes
2012-2013 Today's Top 10 Co-Host 3 Episodes

References[edit]

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