Joshua Radin

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Joshua Radin
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Background information
Born (1974-06-14) June 14, 1974 (age 40)
Origin Cleveland, Ohio
Genres Acoustic, folk
Occupation(s) Singer, songwriter
Instruments Acoustic guitar, electric guitar
Years active 2004–present
Labels Mom + Pop Music
Website JoshuaRadin.com

Joshua Radin (born June 14, 1974) is an American recording artist, songwriter and actor.

Beginnings[edit]

Joshua Radin was born and raised in Shaker Heights, Ohio, to a Jewish family of Polish, German, Austrian, and Russian background.[1][2] He studied drawing and painting at Northwestern University, following his college years with stints as an art teacher, screenwriter, and art gallery employee.

Radin turned to music when he moved to New York City, his father bought him a guitar, and he taught himself to play and write music.[3]

In 2004, American actor Zach Braff introduced Radin's first composition, "Winter" to Scrubs' show creator, Bill Lawrence, who ultimately used several of Radin's songs in various scenes of the hit television series.[4][5]

Musical career[edit]

According to Radin his musical career started in 2004, and he had learned to play the guitar only two years before that. His first song, "Winter", appeared on his debut album We Were Here.[6] Since that time, Radin has been touring the United States, as well as much of the United Kingdom and Europe. Over the course of his career, Radin has shared stages with artists such as Sheryl Crow, Tori Amos, Imogen Heap, Meiko, Missy Higgins, Maria Taylor, Gary Jules, Amber Rubarth, Schuyler Fisk, The Script and many more. In addition to his American following, Radin has enjoyed success with his 2008 release, Simple Times in the United Kingdom. His song "I'd Rather Be With You" reached #11 on the UK Singles Chart and number two on the US Top Digital Chart.[7][8]

We Were Here (2006)[edit]

It's just the greatest music. He's a really talented guy. He's like the new Paul Simon.

Zach Braff, 2006[9]

Radin has said that much of the album was inspired by a bad break-up.[10] It was released exclusively to iTunes for a month, before attracting attention from major labels.[11] Released on Columbia Records in May 2006,[11] We Were Here presented the first batch of songs Radin ever wrote. The album drew critical acclaim and received a four-star review from Rolling Stone, who praised it for Radin's "whispery, silver-bell voice" and its themes, calling them "poignant and refreshingly frank." The record hit number one on the iTunes Folk Album Chart and included a number of well known musicians, including Ryan Adams who played guitar on the song "Lovely Tonight".[12] Zach Braff hand-picked one of the tracks to be featured on the soundtrack for The Last Kiss.[10][13]

Simple Times (2008)[edit]

Radin's second album, Simple Times went straight to #1 on the iTunes overall chart upon its release. Radin enlisted highly regarded producer Rob Schnapf (Elliott Smith, Beck). The two spent seven weeks recording at L.A.'s legendary Sunset Sound Studio working with a cast of musicians that included guitarist Greg Leisz, bassist Johnny Flaugher, keyboardist Jason Borger, drummer Victor Indrizzo and percussionist Lenny Castro. Among the album's many highlights are "You Got Growin' Up To Do", featuring guest vocalist Patty Griffin, lead single "I'd Rather Be With You" and "Brand New Day".[14] Tracks from the album were featured on TV shows such as Bones, Scrubs, House, Grey's Anatomy, One Tree Hill, Life Unexpected, 90210, Brothers and Sisters, American Idol and Australian hit series Packed to the Rafters among others.[6] Radin's "Simple Times" was released on Mom + Pop Music.[15]

The Rock and The Tide (2010)[edit]

Radin's third studio album, The Rock and The Tide was released on October 12, 2010 on Mom + Pop Music, his second release with the label. The album reached number five on the iTunes albums chart upon its release. The Rock and The Tide was produced by Martin Terefe (Cat Stevens, Ron Sexmith).[16][17]

Underwater (2012)[edit]

On July 31, 2012, Radin released his fourth studio album, Underwater. The album was Radin's third release with Mom + Pop Music.

Radin wrote songs with Janet Devlin in the Autumn of 2012 for her debut album.[18]

Wax Wings (2013)[edit]

Joshua Radin's fifth studio album Wax Wings was released May 7, 2013. Wax Wings, a self-released album, has eleven tracks. Included on the album is the song "Lovely Tonight", which had been previously released on iTunes as a single.[19] The tracks "In Her Eyes" and "Stay" were produced by Matt Noveskey.

Philanthropy[edit]

Radin has shown support for Little Kids Rock, a national nonprofit that works to restore and revitalize music education in disadvantaged U.S. public schools. He visited six Little Kids Rock schools in six different cities and gave the kids a guitar lesson on his song, “Brand New Day”. He also brought some of those kids onstage with him during his concert to perform the song with him, effectively changing their lives forever.[20]

Television and movies[edit]

Radin's songs were used on television series such as Scrubs, Grey's Anatomy, Brothers and Sisters, American Idol, Cougar Town, One Tree Hill, among others.[21]

Radin also played his song "Today" along with five other songs for Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi at their August 16, 2008, wedding.[6] [22][23]

He has amassed more than 75 film and television placements of his songs in television and movies.[16][24]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Year Album details Peak position Certifications
(sales threshold)
US US
Rock
US
Digital
US
Heat
US
Indie
US
Folk
CAN UK
2006 We Were Here
  • Released: June 13, 2006
  • Label: Columbia Records
34
2008 Simple Times 34 10 116 2 10 9
  • US sales: 250,000[25]
2010 The Rock and the Tide 31 9 11 5 3 38 59
2012 Underwater 37 11 15 3 2 60
2013 Wax Wings
  • Released: May 7, 2013
  • Label: Self-released
73 21 24 14 7
2015 Onward and Sideways
  • To Be Released: February 10, 2015
  • Label: Self-released

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak position Album
US US
Digital
CAN IRE SWE UK
2008 "I'd Rather Be with You" 82 39 61 47 36 11 Simple Times
2010 "Brand New Day"

EPs[edit]

  1. First Between 3rd and 4th (2004)
  2. Live Session (iTunes Exclusive EP) (2006)
  3. Unclear Sky (iTunes Exclusive EP) (2008)
  4. Simple Times – Bonus Material (Demos) EP (2009)
  5. Songs Under a Streetlight EP (2010)
  6. The Rock and the Tide (Acoustic Session) EP" (2011)

Compilation appearances[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Talking Shop: Joshua Radin
  2. ^ Paul Enright. "Musician Interviews - NAME". Way Cool Music. Retrieved 2012-09-17. 
  3. ^ "Joshua Radin: New Album Hits #1". Hillel.org. September 17, 2008. Retrieved 2012-09-17. 
  4. ^ Joshua Radin: A Musician For the Fans
  5. ^ Josh Radin Biography
  6. ^ a b c Mar 4, 2009 12:00 PM by Christina Chomut (March 4, 2009). "Joshua Radin finding Simple Times". Sheknows.com. Retrieved 2012-09-17. 
  7. ^ "Joshua Radin | Artist". Official Charts. Retrieved 2012-09-17. 
  8. ^ (September 27, 2008), "TOP DIGITAL". Billboard. 120 (39):52
  9. ^ Arnold, Chuck (December 25, 2006), "TOP 10 MUSIC". People. 66 (26):45
  10. ^ a b Gitlin, Lauren (August 10, 2006), "Joshua Radin: We Were Here". Rolling Stone. (1006):102
  11. ^ a b Newman, Melinda (April 1, 2006), "YOUNG READY TO ROCK".Billboard. 118 (13):38
  12. ^ Esposito, Rose; Martin, Jeffrey Stuart; Lampert, David; Billings, Andrew C.; Budiansky, Sandra; Kazan, Tina; Albrand, Kurt; Lazev, Scott (March 28, 2008), "Feedback". Entertainment Weekly. (984):4
  13. ^ Greenblatt, Leah (August 11, 2006), "Track Stars". Entertainment Weekly. (890):66
  14. ^ Caulfield, Keith (April 4, 2009), "'Twilight' Bites Back; Decemberists' Digital Debut". Billboard. 121 (13):37
  15. ^ "Joshua Radin - Simple Times - Album Review". AbsolutePunk.net. September 9, 2008. Retrieved 2012-09-17. 
  16. ^ a b "JOSHUA RADIN’S ‘THE ROCK AND THE TIDE’ OUT OCTOBER 12 and Tour Dates | Indie Rock News". Indierockreviews.com. Retrieved 2012-09-17. 
  17. ^ Arnold, Chuck (November 1, 2010), "QUICK CUTS". People. 74 (16):45
  18. ^ http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/music/interviews/a432000/janet-devlin-interview-i-felt-lost-after-the-x-factor.html
  19. ^ http://www.absolutepunk.net/news.php?f=165&pp=30&picon=1181&page=1
  20. ^ http://www.littlekidsrock.org/friends/our-big-fans/joshua-radin/ Retrieved January 13, 2014
  21. ^ "Joshua Radin - Interview With Joshua Radin". Folkmusic.about.com. April 10, 2012. Retrieved 2012-09-17. 
  22. ^ Jordan, Julie; Tauber, Michelle (September 1, 2008), "'I'm the LUCKIEST Girl in the WORLD'". People. 70 (9)"50-57
  23. ^ Arnold, Chuck (November 24, 2008), "QUICK CUTS". People. 70 (21):47
  24. ^ Joshua Radin
  25. ^ "Joshua Radin Announces UK Shows". Femaleextra.com. Retrieved May 17, 2010. 

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