Vocalist. Songwriter. Musician.
Everyone has a story and everyone has a voice. Mine started early on with big dreams, a harmonica, and the encouragement of music legends. Music helped me find my voice. Then life took some unexpected turns and so did my music.
Now, I'm beginning a new chapter!
Joshua King is a vocalist, musician, and songwriter from Charlotte, North Carolina. Most of his friends just call him Josh. As a multi-instrumentalist, Josh plays diatonic and chromatic harmonicas and piano in genres that include blues, jazz, pop, rock, R&B, and Gospel. With a smooth, rich voice and expansive vocal range, his voice and harmonica have captivated listeners across the globe. As a young harmonica player, Josh performed with Grammy winners as well as Blues and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Inductees. He has sung anthems at major sporting events, including the US Open Tennis Championships and a Carolina Panthers NFL game. Josh is currently working on original music to record.
Josh’s first musical instrument was a harmonica that his Dad gave him when he was 6 years old. Josh soon figured out how to play it. By the time he was 7, he began spending a lot of time in New York City as a child actor and went on to appear in commercials and in television shows like NBC’s ‘Kings’, ‘The Late Show with Jimmy Fallon’, and ‘The Late Show with David Letterman’. Music was everywhere in NYC and he took the harmonica everywhere. The thriving and diverse New York music scene inspired him to take harmonica lessons from top NY musicians. By age 8, he was jamming on stage at places like B.B. King's Blues Club in New York's Times Square.
This led to Josh being mentored by blues harmonica legend and Grammy winner James Cotton, who passed away in 2017. Cotton instantly
recognized the “old soul” in Josh, who was 8 when they first met in 2009. Cotton called Josh his "musical grandson" and passed down a heritage of
early blues music and lessons learned from Sonny Boy Williamson (Rice Miller), Jimmy Reed, Howling Wolf and Muddy Waters. Cotton often invited Josh to join him on stage to perform at music festivals, blues and jazz clubs and in concert halls including the Lincoln Center in New York. Josh may have been rooted in blues but Cotton knew in his heart that the kid was destined to branch out beyond blues. The legendary
bluesman encouraged Josh to sing, write music and explore music beyond the blues genre in order to discover his own style, sound and path.
Josh has also performed with Tommy Emmanuel, Buddy Guy, Jonny Lang, Fred Yonnet, Kim Wilson and The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Mud Morganfield (son of Muddy Waters), The Low Rider Band (War), and the UK's The Jive Aces. His style has been described as "mainstream with a touch of old-school soul and timeless." Some of his other musical influences include David Foster, Huey Lewis, Ray Charles, Michael Bublé, and Stevie Wonder.
Actively involved in giving back to the community, Josh performs regularly at hospitals in the Charlotte area. Josh said, "I realized the need for live
music in medical centers after a family member was in the hospital. Finding a grand piano to play late one night in the hospital lobby really helpedme deal with things. That's when I decided to become a music volunteer." He also does a music show for the Ryan Seacrest Foundation's
Seacrest Studios at Levine Children's Hospital. Josh is also a part of the Charlotte Douglas International Airport Arts and Entertainment Program where he performs at the grand piano located in the airport's Atrium between Terminals B and C.
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