Jeffrey Joslin
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Jeffrey Joslin

Los Angeles, California, United States | INDIE

Los Angeles, California, United States | INDIE
Band Pop Soul




"Jeffrey Joslin - Smile: an EP"

Jeffrey Joslin was a scholarship athlete; a quarterback with Charleston Southern University. It's an opportunity that would make most American boys happy, but it wasn't working for Joslin. He walked away in the middle of his first semester there to pursue his first dream of being a musician. In 2005 Joslin transferred to Middle Tennessee State University to learn the production side of the music business while continuing to play and write at every opportunity. Forward to 2008 and Joslin set out to record an album. Fifteen songs and a lot of soul searching later, Joslin has pared his work down to five songs presented on Smile: an EP. It's a fabulous introduction to a smile-inducing artist who has his roots set firmly in the Motown albums of the 1960's and early 1970's as well as classic pop music.

Smile opens with "Big L, Little L", a blues/soul blend about the dangers of a father being inattentive to his daughter. It's a great tune; topical, entertaining and a healthy dose of danceable rock n roll to boot. "Big L, Little L" serves as a reminder of what can happen when parents don't involve themselves in the lives of their children. "So What You Wanna Do" is catchy 1960's rock n soul with a positive message; and highly entertaining. "Smile" is a reminder to not sweat the small stuff in love. Joslin perhaps over-simplifies a bit, but the result is a highly positive and enjoyable number that's a reminder to be thankful for the small things and to distance yourself from the things that don't make you happy. "She's A Keeper" is mildly catchy but trite to the point of being kitsch. This is the weakest offering on the disc, with Joslin even missing notes on occasion, although he tends to overcome this with a personality-plus performing style that shines through even from the studio. "The Girl Across The Room" is a pop/R&B ballad in the style of Stevie Wonder, a nice turn that suffers from serious pitch problems on Joslin's part.

Jeffrey Joslin makes a strong start with Smile: An EP but finishes relatively weakly. Nothing on the EP falls flat as Joslin's persona and performing style are grand enough to overcome the occasional vocal glitch. To be frank, Joslin sounds better in his lackluster moments than some artists may manage in their best moments, but that's perhaps the most disappointing aspect of Smile: An EP. It's like watching a rookie baseball player who's highly touted make spectacular plays but then fail to run out a ground ball. The first three songs presented here show Joslin at his best; the last two have a lackadaisical feel. Joslin has the talent to pull them off amicably, but it's clear he's capable of much better. - Wildy's World

"Club Notes: Back and Forth"

"...before making way for the next act, Tennessee's Jeffrey Joslin.

Joslin instantly brings to mind Jack Johnson's picked, slapped and strummed acoustic-guitar style, but with a bit more white-boy R&B in his vocals. Performing in torn jeans and flip-flops like a caricature of a character from "Dawson's Creek," Joslin also radiates the wayfaring college boy aura that cries for recognition of his neglected talent and trampled emotions."

- Flagpole (Athens, GA)

"Musician to Launch School Tour"

Jeffrey Joslin, a Murfreesboro-based recording artist, has shifted his focus from the stage to the classroom. Joslin, a Recording Industry major at MTSU, was recently invited by Steven Porter to visit a music class at Cannon County High School in Woodbury. After speaking to a group of young musicians, Joslin quickly realized his passion for sending his message out. He has since begun to plan for a high school speaking tour.

Porter, who teaches a guitar class at CCHS, had seen Joslin’s performance at a Starbucks and asked him to visit his class. Joslin spent some time talking to the class about his musical journey, outlining the key values in his life that have guided him to his current position and will guide him further throughout his career. He played three songs and explained the meaning behind each one.

“It’s what I needed to hear when I was that age. If a musician I looked up to and respected took the time to talk to me about the things that matter in life—relationships and career—I would have definitely listened.”

Not only did he encourage the students to pursue their musical talents and dreams, Joslin talked about his own journey from high school football star to a purpose-driven artist happy following his calling.

“I’d like to get in front of all the high schools in the area,” said Joslin, a former football player who walked away from a college scholarship to play music.

Joslin not only sings, writes, engineers and produces music and plays guitar and piano, he also did the photography, design work, and wrote and composed every track on his only release to date, the EP For Real This Time. For more information on his music, visit - Murfreesboro Pulse


Jeffrey Joslin (2011)
Smile: an ep (2010)
For Real This Time EP (2005)



It’s clear Jeffrey Joslin has a long, sustainable career ahead of him, as his music extends across all demographic lines. Whether black, white, young, old, male or female, there’s no audience that isn’t moved by the love filled lyrics he intertwines with soulful melodies, while blurring the lines between genres of pop, blues, soul, rock, and R&B. Drenched in the familiar sounds of the golden era of 60’s and 70’s soul music, Joslin blends the moods of Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Michael Jackson, Prince and Al Green, while still managing to prompt comparisons to fresh music makers like John Mayer, Jason Mraz, Robin Thicke, and Maroon 5’s Adam Levine. Jeffrey Joslin seems to make the type of music that will be around for years to come, but for now he’s taking it one note and one sweet melody at a time.