Josh Smith

Josh Smith

 Pasadena, California, USA
BandPopSoul

Biography

Joshua Smith, a Nashville, TN native, began writing songs at the age of 12.

By 14 he was performing at local area coffee shops and soon began playing guitar and singing in several high school bands. His teenage years were spent playing area high schools, youth groups and church retreats, fairs, festivals, and charity events. At 18 Josh enrolled in Belmont University’s School of Music Business. Despite gaining valuable insight into the business and production side of the industry, the experience at Belmont really served to strengthen his songwriting talents and desires to pursue his efforts as a singer, musician, and performer.

His writing is heavily influenced by his belief in the power of voice as a tool for global awareness. After Hurricane Katrina, he moved to the Gulf coast for 4 months. Living in a church, working for, and leading relief teams there helped him further hone in on the development of his gifts in songwriting and singing. (View pictures of the Gulf Coast and Josh’s move to LA)

When Josh moved to Los Angeles in the Spring of ’06, he quickly teamed up with guitarist Stevie Riolo to form Stereofox, a new band based in the NoHo arts district, emerging onto the music scene with its seductive new sound. Stevie’s melodic guitar style and rhythmic emphasis, together with Josh’s vocals and roots influenced songwriting, helped to create the sound that would later be dubbed “Sultry Pop”. As an acoustic act, and also as a trio with Josh doubling on bass and Derek Defields on drums, they began to perform at various LA clubs.

In August of 2008 a new lineup was formed featuring Hersh Davda on bass and Roberto Cerletti on drums. The band debuted their new live sound with a gig at the trendy Hollywood hot spot “Green Door.” Stereofox mesmerized the capacity crowd and were honored to have the legendary musician/performer Prince sit in with the band. (Stevie graciously handed off his guitar to Prince who jammed to a rendition of the classic Bill Withers tune “Use Me.”

In February 2009 the group finished it’s debut cd “ice the symphony”. Produced by renowned keyboardist Deron Johnson (Miles Davis, Seal, Alanis Morissette), and featuring drum guru Gary Novak (Chick Corea, Allan Holdsworth, Robben Ford) on several tracks, the cd beautifully captures the Stereofox sound, complete with lush harmonies and layered guitars.

Released independently, and packaged with entirely recycled materials (the group has asked fans to donate used cd jewel cases) “symphony” is available on itunes, amazon, and cdbaby.com.

Josh is also a gifted painter, actor, and writer. He is currently working on his first book about self-realization and awareness. By viewing his talents as a call to action in the spirit of service to others, Josh seeks to guide humanity’s collective attention to the value of helping and healing our common family through art and music.

Recently he co-created and continues to coordinate a benefit effort for victims of the May 2010 Floods in and around Nashville, TN called Play it Forward Nashville with manager David Harbaugh (Green Guitar Picks, D2R Artist Management) and guitarist Stevie Riolo. The effort is an on-going social media engine of support for those affected. Play it Forward’s mission is to continue to support various causes across the globe with the arts, and online, on-going, self-sustainable resources.

Currently, Josh is writing for a highly anticipated solo recording, producing a documentary touring the United States as a homeless musician in an effort to draw awareness to and end homlessness, and continues to coordinate for Play it Forward Nashville. He also is performing live with guitarist Stevie Riolo, as well as with the band, Stereofox. Recently nominated for Best Male Vocal with the Hollywood Music in Media Awards, 2010 has proven to make for a great 2011. Stay tuned on www.hmmawards.com, www.PlayitForwardNashville.com, and on this site for updates.