THE JOSHUA CROSS BAND

THE JOSHUA CROSS BAND

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Joshua Cross is a Canadian Christian Artist/band with a heart for today’s youth – lead vocalist and band founder Joshua Cross aka Keith Murphy writes deep spiritual songs that address the social issues of our day - having lived through a number of these issues himself......................

Biography

Joshua Cross is a Canadian Christian band with a heart for today’s youth – lead vocalist and band founder Joshua Cross aka Keith Murphy writes deep spiritual songs that address the social issues of our day - having lived through a number of these issues himself, Joshua has a passion for today’s world. Growing up without a mom or dad was a hard road for Joshua, but he chose to learn from it and today he uses his experiences to help others. He founded The Joshua Cross Band to bring that message of hope and healing to the world - Joshua describes his songs as a “healing for the nations”.

Music was always a part of Joshua’s life - at the age of 13 he started his first band called Narrow Express. The band played mostly cover songs but also some originals. After three years the band spilt up and went their separate ways. Joshua felt it was for the best, but with music still stirring his heart he picked up guitar & piano and started working as a solo artist, playing a variety of gigs including playing live on CBC TV. Doors were opening for him and people were starting to hear his message.

At the age of 19, after just getting out from the Newfoundland orphanage that was his home, Joshua moved to Ontario with a band he had put together and started to play around the G.T.A in the hopes of being “discovered”. Things became hard being far from home, and not having much money they sometimes found themselves playing on the streets of Toronto for their next meal. Feeling very much alone and that things were not working out, they all headed back to Newfoundland.

In 1993 the band reconnected, but after a short while Joshua was again on his own, but still committed to his vision, and it was then that Joshua formed The Joshua Cross Band – a band that would sing from Joshua’s own personal Christian faith the answers that he knew the world was longing to hear, the message of Jesus Christ, God’s love and salvation.

The Joshua Cross Band has had shows at a variety of establishments - in Newfoundland, Kigali Rwanda and throughout the GTA, in venues such as CBC TV (St. John’s NL) The Church of Jesus Christ (Kigali Rwanda), Club Rocket (Toronto), The Opera house(Toronto), Peoples Church (Hamilton), East Hamilton Pentecostal Church (Hamilton)and a many other community events.

In summer 2005 The Joshua Cross Band had the chance to play in Kigali Rwanda in Africa for the orphan children. Keith describes it as a life-changing experience. In April 21/2007 The Joshua Cross Band opened for Grammy nominated artist Sarah Kelly.

Joshua continues to craft songs with much of the material drawn from his personal experiences in regards to family, humanity and mortality. Together with his wife, Keith recently launched a charity called Shelter Them - www.shelterthem.com - which was started after seeing in person the aftermath of the 1994 Rwandan genocide.

The Joshua Cross Band is the fulfillment of a vision, a band with an uncompromising desire to minister to our world, through music, from the heart to the heart.

Lyrics

LIFTED HIGHER

Written By: KEITH MURPHY

LIFTED HIGHER

Sheets of gold I walk on them restless tonight I will not bend pushed aside the weight of this world I am the light of the living and the dead.

Written in this book of life souls that rest in love great sight hope for a sunny day and the darkness melt away .....

Lifted higher lost myself in you
Lifted higher teach me what to do
Lifted higher lost myself in you
I am lifted.

People without names they walk on by no view of tomorrow no hope if they die living their lives on fallen dream ya the blood red tree has never been seen.

written in this book of life souls that rest in love great sight hope for a sunny day and the darkness melt away .....

Lifted higher lost myself in you
Lifted higher teach me what to do
Lifted higher lost myself in you
I am lifted.

Copyright ©2008 A-base production

HOLD ON

Written By: KEITH MURPHY

HOLD ON

I was feeling alone drowning in my tear Wanted to throw my life away
All my life I only felt fear (I felt fear)

Then I saw a new day,
darkness melted away ya ya

You got to hold on
hold on to your life
You got to hold on
hold on to your life
I was trapped with in my youth
didn’t know what life was about
then this thing happen to me
I was shown an unforgettable eternity (eternity)

Then I saw a new day,
darkness melted away ya ya

You got to hold on
hold on to your life
You got to hold on
hold on to your life

Now there is dancible joy
I can stand I can hold on to
A life that’s been given to me
I am free
I am free

You got to hold on
hold on to your life
You got to hold on
hold on to your life

Copyright ©2008 A-base production

Discography

Producers:
2003 Derek Lavendusky And Keith Murphy for the Hold On/Lamplight project www.lamplight.org

Producers:
Late 2004 Roldan Castillo And Keith Murphy for the Lifted Higher Project.

Producer:
2005 Keith Murphy for the Singles project

Live Production:
2007 The Joshua Cross Band opened for Sarah Kelly @ The Shelter Them Event www.shelterthem.com

Producer:
2008 Mark Zubek for The Black Tree project
In 2008 The Joshua Cross Band will becoming out with a New cd The Black Tree.
Mark will be coming on board to lend his great producing skills and much more, keep your eyes wide open .
For more info on mark go to. www.markzubek.com

Musicians who helped out with the Lifted Higher project: Roldan Castillo Additional Guitar, Ernie Murphy additional drums and Ron Abogadie additional guitar together with vocalist Lisa Murphy they are known as ONE PART HUMAN

95one.com
Independent Christian Music

Featured Band
Joshua Cross, 95one's featured Artist for the month of April 2007.
Official site www.95one.com

Set List

5 song a set, 3 sets from about 20 to 30 mins a long.

FIRST SET

LIFTED HIGHER 4:30
WAITING FOR YOU 2:50
HOLD ON 4:08
LOSING TIME 3:30
WORLDS CRUMBLE 4:00

SECOND SET

MODREN WORLD 4:30
EASY 3:38
ARMS WIDE OPEN 3:22
COME ON AND MOVE 4:02
THE CROSS 3:20

THIRD SET

IN THE SILENCE 3:52
THESE ARE THE DAYS 3:55
BLACK RAIN 3:05
LOVE ME TONIGHT 4:00
SHINE 3:18