Josh Farro

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Josh Farro
Paramore Josh Farro01.jpg
Farro playing with Paramore on the Warped Tour in 2007
Background information
Birth name Joshua Neil Farro
Born (1987-09-29) September 29, 1987 (age 27)[citation needed]
Voorhees Township, New Jersey, United States
Genres Alternative rock, pop punk, indie rock, emo
Occupation(s) Musician, guitarist, songwriter
Instruments Guitar, vocals
Years active 2004–present
Associated acts Novel American, Paramore
Notable instruments
Fender Josh Farro custom shop model

Joshua Neil "Josh" Farro (born September 29, 1987) is an American rock guitarist and songwriter best known as the former lead guitarist and backing vocalist of the alternative rock band Paramore. He is currently the lead vocalist and guitarist of the self-named band Farro.

Early life[edit]

Farro was born in Voorhees Township, New Jersey on September 29, 1987.[1] He is the second-oldest of his other four siblings, including former Paramore drummer Zac Farro. Farro is three quarters Italian. He is a self-taught guitarist, and began playing when he was 13 years old.[2]

Paramore (2004–2010)[edit]

Along with his younger brother Zac, Farro was a founding member of Paramore serving as the band's lead guitarist and backing vocalist from 2004 until his exit in late 2010. Farro also co-wrote almost every track on Paramore's first three albums with Hayley Williams and occasionally Taylor York.

Departure and blog controversy[edit]

On December 21, 2010, a blog appeared online claiming to be an official exit statement from the Farro brothers. The blog entry refuted statements made by Paramore's official website regarding the brothers' departure and was heavily critical of Hayley Williams' family, Atlantic Records and Fueled by Ramen.[3]

Farro appeared in a video on YouTube claiming that the blog was genuine. The video was quickly removed for reported violations but[4] Farro re-uploaded the video a few days later.[5]

Novel American (2011–2014)[edit]

Main article: Novel American

On February 2, 2011, Farro announced and established a Twitter account for his new band, Novel American.[6][7] The band includes his high school friends Van Beasley, Tyler Ward and Ryan Clark, each formerly of the band Cecil Adora. Unlike in Paramore, Farro is relegating himself to guitar in the new project, saying "I never wanted to sing. My voice — and this is not false humility — is just not that good."

On February 22, 2011, the band announced Farro's brother Zac would replace Tyler Ward on drums.[8]

On May 23, 2014, Farro stated he had scrapped Novel American primarily due to the lack of a suitable vocalist.

Personal life[edit]

On April 3, 2010, Farro married fiancée Jenna Rice in Tennessee, missing Paramore's Pacific Rim tour to plan the nuptials.[9]

Other musical endeavours[edit]

Josh has recorded unreleased solo tracks. These tracks include:

  • "Plane Crash Dreams" featuring Hayley Williams[10]
  • "I Had a Revelation" [11]
  • "So Much More" [12]
  • "Worry" [13]
  • "We'll wait for love this time"

Other songs[edit]

He was one of three co-writers to the song "This is Amazing Grace". It was Josh Farro, Jeremy Riddle and Phil Wickham who wrote the song and it is featured on both, Bethel Music's (Bethel Church) live CD/DVD "For The Sake Of The World" where Jeremy performed it, as well as on Phil Wickham's album "The Ascension".[14][15]


Guitars [16]

Effects [16][19]

Amps [16][19]

Misc [16]

  • Mogami and George L Cables
  • D'Addario EXL110 Regular Light 10-46 Gauge guitar strings (listed on D'Addario as being a user, beginning in 2009), previously a user of Ernie Ball strings.
  • Sennheiser ew372 G2 wireless [21]


  1. ^ Condran, Ed. "Paramore movin' up, just not movin' out", Bucks County Courier Times, February 25, 2006. Accessed March 17, 2011. "The Farro brothers who were born in Williams NJ met Williams four years ago."
  2. ^ " Paramore Being Crazy 4 Episode #2". YouTube. 2007-11-18. Retrieved 2011-08-14. 
  3. ^ Josh_Farro (2010-12-21). "Tetelestai: Josh and Zac's Exit Statement". Retrieved 2011-08-14. 
  4. ^ Josh_Farro (2010-12-22). "Tetelestai: The Truth". Retrieved 2011-08-14. 
  5. ^ Josh_Farro (2010-12-23). "Tetelestai". Retrieved 2011-08-14. 
  6. ^!/Joshfarro87
  7. ^ 2/2/11 (2011-02-02). "Exclusive: Josh Farro Returns With Post-Paramore Band Novel American - Music, Celebrity, Artist News". MTV. Retrieved 2011-08-14. 
  8. ^ "Ex-Paramore members Zac and Josh Farro joins forces for new band | News". Nme.Com. 2011-02-22. Retrieved 2011-08-14. 
  9. ^ "A Note From Josh - Blog Detail". 2010-02-05. Retrieved 2011-08-14. 
  10. ^ "Josh Farro feat. Hayley Williams - Plane Crash Dream". YouTube. 2008-06-29. Retrieved 2011-08-14. 
  11. ^ "Josh Farro - I had a revelation". YouTube. 2008-06-29. Retrieved 2011-08-14. 
  12. ^ "Josh Farro - So Much More". YouTube. 2008-06-29. Retrieved 2011-08-14. 
  13. ^ "Zac Farro - Worry". YouTube. 2008-12-30. Retrieved 2011-08-14. 
  14. ^ "Phil Wickham - This Is Amazing Grace - Behind The Song". YouTube. 2013-07-07. 
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  16. ^ a b c d Gear walkthrough with Paramore's Josh Farro, Retrieved August 2011
  17. ^ "Paramore: Ignorance [OFFICIAL VIDEO]". YouTube. 2009-08-18. Retrieved 2011-08-14. 
  18. ^ "Gear Walkthrough with Paramore's Josh Farro". YouTube. 2008-06-13. Retrieved 2011-08-14. 
  19. ^ a b "Paramore - Josh Farro Guitar Gear Rig and Equipment". 2008-08-02. Retrieved 2011-08-14. 
  20. ^ "Two Minutes Til Paramore... - Photo Detail". Retrieved 2011-08-14. 
  21. ^ "Sennheiser Artists - Paramore". Retrieved 2011-08-14. 

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