Josh Rawlings

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Josh Rawlings
Joshua Robert Rawlings

(1982-12-10) December 10, 1982 (age 38)
Other namesJosh Rawlings
  • musician
  • songwriter
  • record producer
Years active1992–present
Emily Rawlings
(m. 2012)
Musical career
  • Piano
  • keyboards
  • guitar
  • percussion
  • vocals
Associated acts

Joshua Robert Rawlings (born December 10, 1982 in St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin) is an American pianist, songwriter and record producer. His band, The Teaching, wrote and recorded a song "Bom Bom" for the Macklemore album The Heist, which became the most successful instrumental single on that multiple GRAMMY winning album. Josh earned his first GRAMMY nomination for his contributions on that album.[1]

Rawlings' critically acclaimed work with the Seattle jazz group Industrial Revelation has yielded numerous accolades and awards including a "Seattle Stranger Genius Award".[2] Rawlings joined with the soulful singer "Allen Stone" for his 2013-14 US Tour [3] The Josh Rawlings Trio released their album Swell at a launch party at Bake's Place in Bellevue, Washington, in November 2016,[4] and he had an extensive interview published about his life and career thus far in the digital entertainment magazine WE BLAB article, Producer Josh Rawlings talks Macklemore's The Heist, and being nominated for a Grammy[5]

Early life[edit]

Rawlings was born in St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin, USA, to Charlene Linnae, a former chef and business owner and Todd Robert Rawlings, a patented[6][7] Inventor and Sr. Quality Engineer at Microsoft. Josh started playing piano at age 3, listening to the radio and figuring out songs on his mini-keyboard. His Mom and Dad were both vocalists and actors in school and his Dad was also a percussionist. They taught Josh the fundamentals of music and rhythm and encouraged his music and play acting. Rawlings lived in and around the greater Twin Cities, Minnesota through sixth grade before moving to the Seattle, Washington area in 1997. He attended Skyline High School in Issaquah, Washington where he composed music for the school's Alma Mater;[8] he later attended Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, Washington, graduating with a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Performance in 2005.[9]

Music career[edit]

Josh has played professionally in the Seattle area since 2001 and is a Band Leader for the Josh Rawlings Trio, a member of The Teaching, a member of Seattle’s powerhouse Rock/Jazz group Industrial Revelation, (a band who recently played Teatro Manzoni in Milan, Italy to a crowd of over 800 fans),[10] as well as a recording artist for Macklemore and Ryan Lewis. Josh was interviewed in 2017 about his career and relationship with Ryan Lewis on the Seattle Jazz Radio website,[11]




Josh Rawlings with Industrial Revelation
  • Climbing Stairs Josh Rawlings Trio (2005)
  • The Teaching The Teaching (2009)
  • Live at Dazzle The Teaching (2010)
  • Live at the Triple Door The Teaching (2010)
  • Birds in Flight The Teaching (2014)
  • It Can Only Get Better From Here Industrial Revelation
  • Unreal Reality Industrial Revelation
  • Live at the Eastside Industrial Revelation
  • Oak Head Industrial Revelation
  • Live at Rhythm and Rye Industrial Revelation
  • Liberation & the Kingdom of Nri Industrial Revelation
  • Additional Discography at




  1. ^ "Josh Rawlings". 2017-05-14. Retrieved 2017-10-23.
  2. ^ Mudede, Charles (October 22, 2014). "Industrial Revelation 2014 Stranger Genius Award Winners in Music". Retrieved September 23, 2017.
  3. ^ "Josh Rawlings interview with KEXP Radio". Retrieved March 28, 2017.
  4. ^ Banks Weber, Carol (November 8, 2016). "Josh Rawlings Trio rides 'Swell' of jazz ebb and flow". Retrieved September 23, 2017.
  5. ^ Henry, Rachell (August 19, 2017). "Producer Josh Rawlings talks Macklemore's The Heist, and being nominated for a Grammy". Retrieved September 23, 2017.
  6. ^ [1], James, Sean & Todd Robert Rawlings, "Submerged datacenter" 
  7. ^ [2], James, Sean & Todd Robert Rawlings, "Datacenter immersed in cooling liquid" 
  8. ^ Montgomery, Kelly (February 13, 2014). "Skyline grad contributes to Macklemore's Grammy-winning album". Retrieved September 23, 2017.
  9. ^ "Josh Rawlings at Cornish College of the Arts". Retrieved March 28, 2017.
  10. ^ "Industrial Revelation with special guest Okanomodé Soulchilde". February 26, 2017. Retrieved September 24, 2017.
  11. ^ "KEXP Exclusive Interview: Josh Rawlings". The KEXP Blog. Retrieved 2017-10-23.
  12. ^ "The 2013 Golden Ear Awards". March 2014. Retrieved September 23, 2017.
  13. ^ Mudede, Charles (October 22, 2014). "Industrial Revelation 2014 Stranger Genius Award Winners in Music". Retrieved September 23, 2017.
  14. ^ "Josh Rawlings GRAMMY Nomination". National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences.
  15. ^ "Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Grammy Wins". National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences.
  16. ^ "New Albums Notch Top Gold & Platinum Awards". December 11, 2013. Retrieved September 23, 2017.
  17. ^ "Gold & Platinum - RIAA". RIAA. Retrieved 2017-10-23.

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