Joshua Stedman

Joshua Stedman
The music of Joshua Stedman resonates as a sonic cocktail of Sting, Stevie Wonder, Seal, Jamiroquai, and the Beatles.

Joshua’s NYC, SF and Miami based soulful, story-telling music sculptures poeticize the impact of the relationships personal to him, but familiar to all of us. He shares life's observations and experiences that tend to illicit that, “Yep, I've been there, too...” reaction in each of us.

He weaves a clever web of funk/soul/rock roots, winding chord arrangements, elusive guitar riffs and deep organic bass lines around subtle rhythmic shifts.

Joshua’s addictive melodies are fueled by a distinct bright-breathy vocal that pours out an honesty that has been said to seduce the ear from fade-in to fade-out.

How do you describe your music to people, Joshua?
Rock-Soul/Singer-Songwriter combining the genre elusive tendencies of Sting, Stevie Wonder, Peter Gabriel, Jamiroquai, and Seal.

Tell me about how you originally got into your craft.
One story that sort of jump started me into music: I came home one day and nonchalantly told my Mom that I was in a school play in the sixth grade.  She said, "That's great.  What play?"  I said Pirates of Penzance.  She asked what role I would be playing (assuming it would be a minor supporting role being that there were older 7th and 8th graders in it).  I said, "Major General Stanley."  Her jaw dropped.  And then it dropped even further when I said the play was in two days.  I was obviously more concerned about riding my bike, being 11 years old, but I got selected for the role nonetheless.

Best part was that I incidentally sang for Stevie Wonder that night.  He also sang for me as it turns out. He was in the audience because his daughter Aisha was in the play as one of my daughters (ironically).  He sang Isn't She Lovely after the play to wish Aisha a happy birthday.  Inspiring was an understatement.

I started my first band later that same year.

What is your favorite thing to do in the whole wide world?
I get goosebumps and chills from three things: when I see the silhouette of elegant beauty in the woman I love from a distance, launching off a 20 foot cliff into 10 feet of fresh skiing powder, and hitting the apex of the best part of a song with the entire band in perfect harmony.  I live for these moments.

What is your biggest challenge when it comes to running your business?
Considering music to BE a business in the first place is a big challenge.  I happen to come from the business world, so it's not foreign, but unadulterated creative space is delicate and sparse enough without the distractions and stresses of monitoring a business simultaneously.  I'm sure I'm not alone in that.  Art is art.

When you were a kid, what did you think you were going to be when you grew up?
An Astronaut.  I loved the idea of reaching the farthest distance man has even touched and seeing the vastness of our planet in one direction and our infinite universe in the other.  Climbing into a rocket ship to get there wasn't so bad either.

In what way has your community impacted your development as a musician?
Growing up in the northeast US exposes a child to many sounds.  At home, my family listened to classical music every night at dinner.  I played classical piano as a child.  Then the guitar along with rock and pop became popular in my peer surroundings in middle school.  Jazz, Acid Jazz and Funk got the best of me in college.  And finally Soul entered the picture when I learned to open up my heart and myself to the music.  I began to find that no matter what city or culture I was in, however, I leaned towards friends and lovers that dug deep for true purpose.  Honesty was too powerful to ignore and started to become the core of my lyric composition and sound.

What other artists out there do you love?
The Police, Sting, Stevie Wonder, Peter Gabriel, Jamiroquai, Seal, The Beatles, Steely Dan, Marvin Gaye, Fleetwood Mac, Earth, Wind, and Fire, Herbie Hancock, James Brown, Jimi, The Cure, Led Zeppelin, Midnight Oil, Radiohead, Groove Collective, Bruce Hornsby, Trey Anastasio (Phish), J. Giles Band, Talking Heads, Chuck Berry, Vivaldi, U2, Zero 7

What does your future hold?
Progress, more enlightened creativity and a stronger connection with the incredibly talented musicians I share the stage with and the dedicated fans I open my heart and soul to.

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