FAMILY, COUNTRY & Music: It’s In The Genes
Baltimore-based rock and roll artist, Josh Christina, is an old soul proudly raised by Jim and Patti Christina with a strong belief in God, country and work ethic. They've turned out a polite, well mannered, humble and even a bit shy son (when not on stage) that loves old cars, his family, his friends, his fans and definitely music!
He inherited his musical chops from his biological father (a drummer), his mother (Baltimore-area singer Patti Christina), and his grandmother, who was a big band singer in the '40's and '50's.
Josh spent the past 16 years honing his sound - a combination of the country, classic rock, gospel and blues he was raised on. And while most artists find the pressures of today's music scene to look and sound a certain way daunting, Christina continues to find success in both Baltimore, Nashville, Memphis and beyond by doing what he does best - being himself.
Musical Roots - Josh’s Journey
Josh Christina's personal journey began at age seven, when he took an interest in the King himself - Elvis Presley.
"Hearing Elvis for the first time, I remember thinking his sound was so unique and raw. I watched DVD's of his performances - my favorite is his 1973 concert, Aloha From Hawaii. His sound was so clean, yet so edgy. As I developed as an artist, I found myself gravitating toward that same sound."
By 10, Christina had organized a Junior Blues Brothers act that performed regularly at venues in the Baltimore area. At 15, he began playing piano after taking a trip to New York City with his parents to see Million Dollar Quartet on Broadway.
"While I bought tickets out of my love for Elvis, I remember being blown away by the styling's of Jerry Lee Lewis... He had such flare. He redefined the piano for me. While I had a few lessons as a kid, it actually bored me. However when the actor playing Jerry Lee kicked out the stool, jumped on the piano, played with his feet...I was sold!. So I gave piano a second chance and, with that, adopted Jerry Lee's entertainment style."
With his newfound passion for piano, Christina began writing, drawing inspiration from the "simple, yet clever rhymes" of writers Chuck Berry, Little Richard and Stevie Ray Vaughn.
After graduating from High School, the Baltimore native went to work on his debut album, produced by John Grant at Secret Sound Studio.
Man From Another Time featured several rock and roll and country covers, along with a few original songs written by Christina.
Road To Nashville - Big City Lights
Josh’s talents caught the attention of Nashville-based producer Kent Wells (Dolly Parton), who immediately got to work with Christina on his sophomore effort, Good Old Love – which released in March 2015 whose single Kayla Ann charted.
"Making your debut in the Nashville scene is tough. I couldn't have landed in better hands. From the start, Kent insisted on embracing my vintage sound. From recording all the instruments at once, to adding upright bass and horns... I'm so proud of how this album turned out. This album is me." The first single on the album, "Cry You a River", debuted at country radio in April.
International Television Debut
With the release of his third album, “I’m 21”, also produced by Wells, the infectious sound of Josh Christina hit the international airwaves on Ireland's Late Late Show in September of 2016, where he performed his current UK and Ireland single, Rockabilly Saturday Night.
Not only did it place Christina’s music upon the world stage, but also introduced his amazing style and sound to a new generation of music fans, followers and believers.
The Authentic Josh Christina
While Nashville and the airwaves seem to be currently dominated by the sounds of today’s country, Josh Christina isn't worried.
By staying true to himself, he is not just embracing the style of the retro music he was raised on, but is giving it new depth and exposing it to a whole new generation!
"I think the country genre is beginning to shift back to its roots. Meghan Trainor has done it with the pop genre, taking it back to its roots with her sound's doo-wop influence.
Slowly but surely, artists in the country genre are putting their foot down and adding notes of classic country and rock to their sound.
If anything, I feel I'm at a bit of an advantage. My sound isn't headed that direction, it's already there."
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