Josh Gracin

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Josh Gracin
Gracin in 2006
Gracin in 2006
Background information
Birth nameJoshua Mario Gracin
Born (1980-10-18) October 18, 1980 (age 43)
OriginWestland, Michigan, United States
Instrument(s)Vocals, guitar
Years active2003–present
LabelsLyric Street, Average Joes Entertainment
Military career
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Marine Corps
Years of service2000-2004
Rank Lance Corporal
Unit1st Maintenance Battalion

Joshua Mario Gracin (/ˈɡrsɪn/; born October 18, 1980) is an American country music singer. While serving in the United States Marine Corps, he first gained public attention as the fourth-place finalist on the second season of American Idol.[1]

After his elimination from the show, Gracin completed his service in the Marine Corps, and after his honorable discharge, he signed a record deal with Lyric Street Records. His self-titled debut album was released in 2004. It produced a number one hit, "Nothin' to Lose", and two more top five hits on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks charts, and was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America. His second album, We Weren't Crazy, followed in 2008. This album produced five more chart singles, including a top ten in its title track. After signing with Average Joe's in 2010 he released "Cover Girl."


Gracin was born on October 18, 1980, to Mario and Brenda Gracin, and was raised in Westland, Michigan.[2] He has four sisters: Stacy, April, Melissa and Kristen. He grew up listening to Elvis, the Beatles and to vintage rock and pop on a favorite local station. When he was 11 the station changed its format to country, and he was introduced to artists such as Garth Brooks, Joe Diffie, George Strait and Randy Travis.[3] These artist's songs immediately caught his interest. "There’s not another genre that better reflects situations in my life," Gracin said.[3] [4] His vocal debut was in an Easter musical presented by his local church. His first public appearance was at an eighth grade talent competition where he sang Brooks' 1993 hit "Standing Outside the Fire" and easily won over an audience full of more traditional dance music-loving cohorts.[4]

Later, Gracin auditioned, as the only male, for a national pop orchestra and vocal competition, known as the Fairlane Youth Pops Orchestra, and won as a sophomore in high school.[4] During his high school career Gracin performed at state festivals, fairs, and pageants throughout the State of Michigan. At 16, he performed on stage at the Grand Ole Opry in a national talent show [4] and recorded a demo CD in Nashville, Tennessee.

Upon graduation from John Glenn High School in Westland, he attended Western Michigan University before he joined the United States Marine Corps.[4] After basic training, he returned to marry his wife and was assigned to Camp Pendleton as a supply clerk.

Musical career[edit]

2003–2005: Josh Gracin[edit]

In 2003, Gracin auditioned for the second season of American Idol. He made it to the finals and eventually came in fourth place on the show. However, because of his earlier commitment to the Marine Corps, Gracin was not able to participate in the lucrative American Idol Finalists tour of American venues.[3] Gracin was instead sent on a year-long tour as a recruiter, making appearances at special events around the United States to promote the United States Marine Corps. After completing his fourth year of service, he was honorably discharged in September 2004.

Gracin's true transition from reality show finalist to recording star began when he sang Rascal Flatts' "I'm Movin' On" on one episode of American Idol. As Rascal Flatts watched that episode on their tour bus, bass player Jay DeMarcus was impressed with Gracin's talent and reached out to him. He connected Gracin with Marty Williams, who had co-produced both of Rascal Flatts' breakthrough album and its successful follow-up. That set in motion a series of events (with a short one-year break to finish his Marine stint) that led to a record deal with Lyric Street Records in 2004.[4] His debut album Josh Gracin was released on June 15, 2004, and was certified gold. The album's first three singles ("I Want to Live," "Nothin' to Lose," and "Stay with Me [Brass Bed]"), all reached the top five on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart, with "Nothin' to Lose," the second of those three, reaching Number One.[3]

In 2005, Gracin also contributed the song "Working for the Weekend" to the Herbie: Fully Loaded soundtrack, and he also sang on "When I See an Elephant Fly" on the Jim Brickman album The Disney Songbook.[3] At a performance in 2006, Gracin filled in, with good reviews, for Lonestar's lead vocalist Richie McDonald in concert when McDonald was recovering from a back injury.[5]

2006-2008: We Weren't Crazy[edit]

In March 2006, Gracin released his fourth single, "Favorite State of Mind." Although it was a Top 20 hit on the country chart, Gracin's second album was delayed. Originally slated to be titled All About Y'all, the second album was later re-titled I Keep Coming Back and then finally We Weren't Crazy, after the title of its third single. "We Weren't Crazy," the third release from the album, entered the country music charts in October 2007, and for the chart week dated August 2, 2008 (40 weeks after it debuted on the charts), it reached a peak of number 10. The album was finally released on April 1, 2008. A fourth single, "Unbelievable (Ann Marie)", was released to country radio on August 25, 2008.[6] Gracin wrote the song about his wife.[3] "Telluride," a song originally recorded by Tim McGraw on his 2001 album Set This Circus Down, was released as the album's fifth and final single. Gracin was dropped from Lyric Street Records following the release of "Telluride."

2009–2011: Redemption[edit]

A new song, "Enough", was posted on his MySpace page on May 1, 2009, and released to radio in June 2009. According to his blog, Gracin wrote the song [3] and enlisted Lonestar's Dean Sams to co-produce it. "Enough" is his favorite song in this collection and he said, "writing this song felt like a turning point artistically. I was better able to take what was going on in my head and get it onto paper in a way I feel is relatable to so many."[3] In the entry, Gracin also said it is his first project since leaving Lyric Street Records.[7] The second single, "She's A Different Kind Of Crazy" was released in August 2009.

In January 2010, Gracin signed with Average Joe's Entertainment.[8] His first single under Average Joe's, "Cover Girl," was released in August 2010. Gracin's third album, Redemption, was released on November 8, 2011.[9] The album's next single, "Long Way to Go," became Gracin's first single to chart on the adult contemporary chart.

Personal life[edit]

Gracin was married to Ann Marie. They have three daughters: Briana Marie Gracin, born March 30, 2002; Gabriella Ann Gracin, born November 15, 2006; and Isabella Sophia Gracin, born November 12, 2008; as well as a son, Landon Joshua Gracin, born August 4, 2005.[10] After his Idol stint and his discharge from the Marine Corps, he moved to Tennessee in pursuit of his singing career.

Relations with his wife soured. On August 14, 2014, Gracin left a goodbye note on his Facebook account interpreted by some media as being a suicide note,[11] particularly when it was tipped off to TMZ, and the note went viral. He was placed on a psychiatric hold in a hospital, but was later released after voluntarily checking himself into an inpatient psychiatric facility.[12] Gracin has maintained the note was not meant as a suicide note, rather as he says a "poorly worded" painful separation letter as his wife insisted on divorcing him.[13] Ann Marie, his wife of 13 years, filed for divorce shortly after.[14][15] Gracin shared new music, apologized and indicated he was on the road to recovery. In October 2015, Gracin became engaged to his new girlfriend Katie Weir.[16] The couple married on May 6, 2017. The single "Nothin' Like Us" is reference to his new relationship.[13]

On July 10, 2019, Gracin and Weir announced they were expecting their first child together.[17] Their son was born on January 13, 2020.[18]

Songs performed on American Idol[edit]

Week/theme Date performed Song Artist
February 25, 2003 "I'll Be" Edwin McCain
Top 12
March 11, 2003 "Baby I Need Your Loving" Four Tops
Top 11
Songs of the Cinema
March 18, 2003 "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing" from Armageddon Aerosmith
Top 10
March 25, 2003 "Ain't Goin' Down ('Til the Sun Comes Up)" Garth Brooks
Top 8
April 1, 2003 "Celebration" Kool & the Gang
Top 8
Billboard Number 1
April 8, 2003 "Amazed" Lonestar
Top 7
Billy Joel Songs
April 15, 2003 "Piano Man" Billy Joel
Top 6
Contestant's Choice
April 22, 2003 "That's When I'll Stop Loving You" 'N Sync
Top 5
Neil Sedaka
April 29, 2003 "Bad Blood"
"Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye"
Neil Sedaka
Neal McCoy
Top 4
Bee Gees
May 6, 2003 "To Love Somebody"
"Jive Talkin'"
Bee Gees
  • ^Note 1 Due to Corey Clark's disqualification, the Top 9 performances became Top 8 when no one was eliminated.


Josh Gracin discography
Studio albums3
Music videos6
No. 1 Singles1

Studio albums[edit]

Title Details Peak chart positions Certifications
(sales threshold)
US Country
US Indie
Josh Gracin 2 11
We Weren't Crazy
  • Release date: April 1, 2008
  • Label: Lyric Street Records
  • Formats: CD, music download
4 33
Redemption 39 39
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Extended plays[edit]

Title Details
Nothin' Like Us: Pt. 1
  • Release date: February 17, 2017
  • Label: Revel Road Records
  • Formats: Music download


Year Single Peak chart positions[22] Certifications
(sales threshold)
US Country US US
2004 "I Want to Live" 4 45 Josh Gracin
"Nothin' to Lose" 1 39
2005 "Stay with Me (Brass Bed)" 5 47 66
2006 "Favorite State of Mind" 19 119 We Weren't Crazy
"I Keep Coming Back" 28
2007 "We Weren't Crazy" 10 82 78
2008 "Unbelievable (Ann Marie)" 36
"Telluride" 34
2009 "Enough" Redemption
"She's a Different Kind of Crazy"
2010 "Over Me"[citation needed]
"Cover Girl" 57
2011 "Long Way to Go" 16
2013 "Drink It Gone"[citation needed]
2014 "Can't Say Goodbye" Redemption
2017 "Nothin' Like Us" Nothin' Like Us: Pt. 1 - EP
2018 "Good for You"
2019 "Lucky Stars"
2019 "Bye Felicia"
2020 "Home"
2021 "Love Like"
2022 "History Repeats"
2023 "You're On Fire"
2024 "Blame It On A Girl"
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not certified

Other charted songs[edit]

Year Single Peak positions Album
US Country
2006 "Please Come Home for Christmas" 51
"O Holy Night" 59

Music videos[edit]

Year Video Director
2004 "I Want to Live" Brent Hedgecock
2005 "Nothin' to Lose" Trey Fanjoy
"Stay with Me (Brass Bed)"
2006 "Favorite State of Mind" Roman White
2007 "We Weren't Crazy" Stephen Shepherd
2011 "Can't Say Goodbye"[24] Adam Dew
2017 "I Go Crazy"

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "American Idol, Season Two -- All About Season Two of American Idol". Archived from the original on 2011-05-19. Retrieved 2010-08-30.
  2. ^ "Josh Gracin Profile". Retrieved 2008-08-13.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h "Josh Gracin".
  4. ^ a b c d e f "Josh Gracin : Biography". Retrieved 2010-08-30.
  5. ^ "Josh Gracin Sings Lead at Lonestar Concert". CMT News. December 8, 2006. Retrieved 2008-08-13.
  6. ^ Josh Gracin - “Unbelievable (Ann Marie)” | The 9513
  7. ^ "News : Josh Gracin Offers New Song, Confirms Split From Label". CMT. 2009-05-05. Retrieved 2010-08-30.
  8. ^ Bjorke, Matt (2010-01-10). "Josh Gracin signs with new label". Roughstock. Archived from the original on 1 April 2010. Retrieved 11 January 2010.
  9. ^ Mansfield, Brian (October 25, 2011). "Josh Gracin's 'Redemption' coming Nov. 8". USA Today. Retrieved October 31, 2011.
  10. ^ "Parents". Archived from the original on December 4, 2008.
  11. ^ Dunkerley, Beville (August 15, 2014). "'American Idol' Alum Josh Gracin Posts Suicide Note". Rolling Stone.
  12. ^ Following Suicide Scare, 'American Idol' Alum Josh Gracin Checks Into Psychiatric Facility - Hollywood Reporter
  13. ^ a b Watts, Cindy. "American Idol alum Josh Gracin says goodbye letter was mistaken for a suicide note". The Tennessean.
  14. ^ "'American Idol' Josh Gracin -- Nothing to Lose in Divorce ... But Half His Music".
  15. ^ Bell, Rebekah. "Josh Gracin Loses Half of Music Rights in Divorce". Taste of Country.
  16. ^ Whitaker, Sterling. "Josh Gracin Gets Engaged!". Taste of Country.
  17. ^ "American Idol Alum Josh Gracin Expecting Baby Boy with Wife Katie: We're 'Beyond Excited'".
  18. ^ Pearce, Drew (January 16, 2020). "Josh Gracin and Wife Katie Welcome Son, Luka Roman". Sounds Like Nashville. Retrieved January 27, 2020.
  19. ^ "Josh Gracin Album & Song Chart History - Country Albums". Billboard. Retrieved June 10, 2011.
  20. ^ "Josh Gracin Album & Song Chart History - Billboard 200". Billboard. Retrieved June 10, 2011.
  21. ^ "American album certifications – Josh Gracin – Josh Gracin". Recording Industry Association of America.
  22. ^ "Allmusic singles retrieval: Josh Gracin". Allmusic. Retrieved November 8, 2011.
  23. ^ "American single certifications – Josh Gracin – Nothin' to Lose". Recording Industry Association of America.
  24. ^ "CMT : Videos : Josh Gracin : Can't Say Goodbye". Country Music Television. Retrieved October 2, 2011.

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