Josh Baldwin

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Josh Baldwin
Birth nameJoshua Aaron Baldwin
Born (1979-07-09) July 9, 1979 (age 39)
Albemarle, North Carolina, U.S.
OriginCharlotte, North Carolina
Genres
Occupation(s)
Instruments
  • Vocals
  • guitar
  • drums
Years active2008–present
Labels
Associated acts
Websitebethelmusic.com/artists/josh-baldwin

Josh Baldwin is an American Christian singer, songwriter and worship pastor. A member of the Bethel Music collective,[1] Baldwin also serves as a worship leader at Bethel Church in Redding, California.[2]

Josh Baldwin starting serving as a worship leader at MorningStar Fellowship Church after attending the ministry school there. He independently released Changing, his first album, in 2008. In 2010, Baldwin then joined Queen City Church in Charlotte, North Carolina, serving as worship pastor. Baldwin released Rivers in 2014, earning him his first Billboard chart appearance with a placement on the US Heatseekers Albums.

Josh Baldwin signed with Bethel Music in 2014, and moved to Redding, California to join Bethel Church. Baldwin made his first feature on a Bethel Music collective release, Have It All (2016). Baldwin then released The War Is Over, his first solo effort with the label in mid-2017 to critical acclaim and the album debuted in the top-three sector of the American and British Christian music charts.

Early life[edit]

Joshua Aaron Baldwin was born on July 9, 1979, to William Baldwin, a pastor, and Kathy Baldwin in Albemarle, North Carolina. Baldwin shared that his father was also a worship leader and is "very much into music," and grew up playing drums for him and other worship leaders.[3] He started leading worship and playing guitar during his high school years,[3] learning at Albemarle High School. Baldwin, at nineteen-twenty years, was studying at Lee University when he first realized that he wanted to be a worship leader after leading at a youth camp in North Carolina, thus dropping out of Lee University and enrolled at MorningStar Ministry School, attending together with John Mark McMillan and Jonathan David Helser.[3]

Career[edit]

Josh Baldwin started his career with MorningStar in early 2008, featuring on two albums: Worship and Warfare, Vol. 3 with the song "After You"; and Jesus Broken with "Love You Only".[4][5] He was a part of MorningStar Fellowship Church for nine years,[3][6] and he also travelled with artists Rita Springer and Suzy Yaraei working as a drummer.[7] Baldwin served as the worship minister at MorningStar in Wilkesboro, North Carolina.[6] On September 3, 2008, Josh Baldwin independently released his debut album, Changing.[8][6] Baldwin then moved to Charlotte, North Carolina, to serve as worship pastor of Queen City Church.[3]

On September 17, 2013, Josh Baldwin launched a Kickstarter funding campaign to raise $12,000 for a new worship album's mixing, mastering, printing, and artwork to be completed.[9] The campaign was a success, with 202 backers pledging $12,635, with a twenty two day period that ended on October 10, 2013.[9] Baldwin released Rivers, his sophomore album on January 28, 2014, in partnership with Watershed Music.[10] Rivers peaked at No. 44 on the Heatseekers Albums chart issued by Billboard,[11] his first entry on a Billboard's chart. In 2014, Baldwin went on to sign a record deal with Bethel Music during a week-long visit with his wife to Redding, California after discussions with Brian Johnson, whom he knew since meeting in 2007.[3][7] On March 11, 2016, Bethel Music then released its eighth live album dubbed Have It All,[12] with Baldwin performing a live cover of his song, "Praises (Be Lifted Up)".[13] Have It All debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard Christian Albums Chart having garnered sales of 25,000 copies, peaking at No. 12 on the Billboard 200.[12][14]

Josh Baldwin released his first album with Bethel Music, The War Is Over, on May 26, 2017.[15] The War Is Over earned sales of 3,000 equivalent album units in its opening week, and thus debuted at No. 2 on the US Christian Albums chart dated June 17, 2017, issued by Billboard.[16] The album also debuted at No. 3 on the Official Christian & Gospel Albums Chart in the United Kingdom.[17]

Personal life[edit]

Josh Baldwin married Sheila Strite and they have two children, Ellie and Bear.[1][2]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

List of albums, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak chart positions Sales
US
Christ.

[18]
US
Ind.

[19]
US
Heat.

[20]
UK
C&G
Changing
Rivers
  • Released: September 1, 2014
  • Label: Watershed Music
  • Format: CD, digital download, streaming
44
The War Is Over
  • Released: May 26, 2017
  • Label: Bethel Music
  • Format: CD, digital download, streaming
2 8 3[17]

Singles[edit]

List of singles and peak chart positions
Year Single Chart positions Album
US
Christ

[21]
Christ
Airplay

[22]
"Get Your Hopes Up" 2017 The War Is Over
"Stand in Your Love"
(with Bethel Music)
2018 11 7 Victory

Other appearances[edit]

Year Song Album Ref.
2008 "After You"
(MorningStar & Josh Baldwin)
Worship and Warfare, Vol. 3 [23]
"Love You Only"
(MorningStar & Josh Baldwin)
Jesus Broken [24]
2015 "Praises (Be Lifted Up)" (feat. Andrew Williams)
(MorningStar & Josh Baldwin)
Wild Love [25]
2016 "Praises (Be Lifted Up)"
(Bethel Music & Josh Baldwin)
Have It All [26]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Ong, Czarina (April 21, 2015). "Bethel Music introduces new artist Josh Baldwin | Christian News on Christian Today". Christian Today. Retrieved July 30, 2018.
  2. ^ a b "Josh Baldwin - Bethel Music". Bethel Music. Retrieved July 30, 2018.
  3. ^ a b c d e f Conner, Matt (June 15, 2017). "Josh Baldwin – Moving Forward – CCM Magazine". CCM Magazine. Salem Communications. Retrieved July 30, 2018.
  4. ^ "Worship & Warfare III | Leonard Jones". Bandcamp. Retrieved August 2, 2018.
  5. ^ "Jesus [Broken] | MorningStar Ministries". MorningStar Ministries. Retrieved August 2, 2018.
  6. ^ a b c "Josh Baldwin Biography | MorningStar Ministries". MorningStar Ministries. Retrieved August 2, 2018.
  7. ^ a b Monger, Timothy. "Josh Baldwin | Biography & History | AllMusic". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved July 30, 2018.
  8. ^ "Changing by Josh Baldwin on Amazon Music - Amazon.com". Amazon.com. September 3, 2008. Retrieved August 2, 2018.
  9. ^ a b Baldwin, Josh (September 17, 2013). "JOSH BALDWIN'S NEW WORSHIP ALBUM! by Josh Baldwin — Kickstarter". Kickstarter. Retrieved July 30, 2018.
  10. ^ "Rivers by Josh Baldwin on Amazon Music - Amazon.com". Amazon.com. January 28, 2014. Retrieved August 2, 2018.
  11. ^ "Heatseekers Albums Chart | Billboard". Billboard. Billboard-Hollywood Reporter Media Group. February 15, 2014. Retrieved July 31, 2018.
  12. ^ a b Longs, Herb (March 21, 2016). "Bethel Music's "Have It All" Becomes Worship Ministry's Highest Billboard Top Albums Debut". The Christian Beat. Retrieved August 1, 2018.
  13. ^ Williams, Lindsay (February 22, 2016). "Bethel Music "Have It All" Feature Story". The Christian Beat. Retrieved August 1, 2018.
  14. ^ Asker, Jim (March 24, 2016). "Bethel Music Bows, Stars Go Dim Notch First No. 1 on Christian Charts | Billboard". Billboard. Billboard-Hollywood Reporter Media Group. Retrieved February 19, 2018.
  15. ^ Wright, Jay. "Louder Than The Music - Josh Baldwin - The War is Over". Louder Than The Music. Retrieved August 2, 2018.
  16. ^ a b Asker, Jim (June 8, 2017). "Charlie Wilson 'Blessed' With a Hot Gospel Songs Chart-Topper | Billboard". Billboard. Billboard-Hollywood Reporter Media Group. Retrieved August 2, 2018.
  17. ^ a b "Official Christian & Gospel Albums Chart Top 20 | Official Charts Company". Official Charts Company. June 8, 2017. Retrieved July 30, 2018.
  18. ^ "Josh Baldwin Chart History | Billboard". Billboard. Christian Albums. Billboard-Hollywood Reporter Media Group. Retrieved July 30, 2018.
  19. ^ "Josh Baldwin Chart History | Billboard". Billboard. Independent Albums. Billboard-Hollywood Reporter Media Group. Retrieved July 30, 2018.
  20. ^ "Josh Baldwin Chart History | Billboard". Billboard. Heatseekers Albums. Billboard-Hollywood Reporter Media Group. Retrieved July 30, 2018.
  21. ^ "Josh Baldwin Album & Song Chart History (Christian Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved August 22, 2018.
  22. ^ "Josh Baldwin Album & Song Chart History - Christian Airplay". Billboard. Retrieved August 22, 2018.
  23. ^ "Worship and Warfare, Vol. 3 - MorningStar | Songs, Reviews, Credits | AllMusic". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved July 30, 2018.
  24. ^ "Jesus Broken - MorningStar | Songs, Reviews, Credits | AllMusic". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved July 30, 2018.
  25. ^ "Wild Love | MorningStar Ministries". MorningStar Ministries. Retrieved August 2, 2018.
  26. ^ "Have It All - Bethel Music | Songs, Reviews, Credits | AllMusic". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved July 30, 2018.

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