Joseph (band)

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Joseph performing in 2016.
Background information
OriginPortland, Oregon, United States
Years active2014-present
  • Natalie Closner Schepman
  • Allison Closner
  • Meegan Closner

Joseph is an American folk band from Portland, Oregon. The band is made up of three sisters, Natalie Closner Schepman and Allison and Meegan Closner. Their first album, Native Dreamer Kin, was self-released in early 2014.[1] Their second album I'm Alone, No You're Not was produced by Mike Mogis and was released on August 26, 2016[2] by ATO Records.[1] Their third album Stay Awake was released on September 15, 2017[3] by ATO Records.


Founding and Native Dreamer Kin[edit]

Joseph was formed when Natalie Closner Schepman, who had been pursuing a solo singer-songwriter career, recruited her younger twin sisters Meegan and Allison to join her on vocals for a new project.[4] They chose their name as a tribute to the town of Joseph, Oregon and their grandfather Jo.[5] They self-released their debut album Native Dreamer Kin in 2014, and built a following playing intimate house shows as a trio accompanied by acoustic guitar and foot drum.[6]

I'm Alone, No You're Not[edit]

Joseph were signed to ATO Records in 2015, releasing an acoustic two-song digital ATO Sessions EP and accompanying video series.[7] In 2015, they recorded I'm Alone, No You're Not with producer Mike Mogis. The album was released on August 26, 2016.[5] It debuted at #1 on Billboard's Heatseekers chart and remained at the top of the chart for two weeks.[8] They released their first single, "White Flag", on May 24, 2016 with a premiere on NPR's Songs We Love.[1] "White Flag" reached #1 on the Adult Alternative Songs chart in October 2016,[9] and charted on Spotify's US Viral Top Ten days after its release.[10] In Fall 2016, Joseph launched an a cappella covers contest,[11] which included submissions from fans, amateur musicians, and college a cappella groups.[12]

The band made their television debut performing "White Flag" on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,[13] followed by appearances on Later... with Jools Holland, Ellen, CONAN, CBS This Morning, and NBC's TODAY.[14][15][16] Prior to the album's release, the band was named a Spotify Spotlight Artist and toured with James Bay. The band re-joined Bay as support on a sold-out arena tour in Fall 2016.[17][18] Joseph has performed both as an acoustic trio and a full band at music festivals across the globe including Coachella, Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo, Newport Folk Festival, Sasquatch Festival, Glastonbury, Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival, Pilgrimage Music Festival and more.[19][20][21]


Studio albums[edit]

Year Information Label Chart peaks
2014 Native Dreamer Kin Self-released
2016 I'm Alone, No You're Not ATO

No. 1 Heatseekers (9/17/16, 9/24/16)[8]

2017 Stay Awake ATO

Extended plays[edit]

Year Information Label Chart peaks
2015 ATO Sessions ATO
2018 Sister Winter B/W Rest ATO


  1. ^ a b c Christensen, David (2016-05-24). "Songs We Love: Joseph, 'White Flag'". NPR. Retrieved 2016-06-01.
  2. ^ "I'm Alone, No You're Not by Joseph". Apple Music. Retrieved 2016-08-26.
  3. ^ "Stay Awake by Joseph", Apple Music, 2017-09-15, retrieved 2018-04-14
  4. ^ "Natalie Closner Schepman". Response. Seattle Pacific University. 2016. Retrieved 2016-12-17.
  5. ^ a b "Sibling Trio Joseph Conjure Vocal Alchemy On ATO Records Debut 'I'm Alone, No You're Not' Out August". Shore Fire Media. 2016-05-24. Retrieved 2016-06-02.
  6. ^ Guido, Emma (2015-06-03). "Interview: Joseph". Mind Equals Blown. Retrieved 2016-06-02.
  7. ^ "Joseph signs to ATO – watch their ATO Session now!". ATO Records. 2015-09-16. Retrieved 2016-06-02.
  8. ^ a b "Heatseekers Albums - 2016 Archive". Billboard Charts Archive. Retrieved 2016-09-15.
  9. ^ "Alternative Music: Top Alternative Songs Chart". Billboard. Retrieved 2016-10-04.
  10. ^ "Joseph Unveil Music Video For "White Flag" Following Fallon Performance and Spotify Viral Success". Shore Fire Media. 2016-07-07. Retrieved 2016-09-15.
  11. ^ Closner, Natalie (2016-09-20). "It's an a cappella contest!!". Joseph. Retrieved 2017-07-21.
  12. ^ "Joseph A Cappella". YouTube. Retrieved 2017-07-21.
  13. ^ (2016-06-24), Joseph: White Flag - The Tonight Show, archived from the original on 2016-06-27, retrieved 2016-06-27
  14. ^ "Mesmerizing Sibling Trio Joseph Perform Live With NY Times From Electric Lady Studios At Noon ET Tod". 2016-08-26. Retrieved 2016-09-15.
  15. ^ TheEllenShow (2016-10-25), "Joseph Performs 'White Flag'!", YouTube, retrieved 2018-09-09
  16. ^ "Joseph will be appearing on CONAN Thursday, September 1st, 2016". TeamCoco. Retrieved 2018-09-09.
  17. ^ "Sibling Trio Joseph Conjure Vocal Alchemy On ATO Records Debut 'I'm Alone, No You're Not' Out August 26". Red Light Management. 2016-05-24. Retrieved 2018-09-09.
  18. ^ Hartling, B. (2016-10-08). "James Bay with Joseph live at the Fillmore - Detroit, Michigan - October 4, 2016". Music Life Magazine. Retrieved 2018-09-09.
  19. ^ "Shows". Joseph. Retrieved 2017-07-21.
  20. ^ Morales, Roger (2017). "Video: Joseph is having more fun than anyone at Lollapalooza 2017". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 2018-09-09.
  21. ^ Horn, Rachel (2017-08-11). "Joseph, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2017". NPR. Retrieved 2018-09-09.

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