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"3 out of 5 stars!"

Joshua Moyer is a Philadelphia-based singer/songwriter who performs with his band, The Hedonist Academy, regularly. His debut disc, Left-Handed Compliment is a collection of Moyer’s original work and a glimpse at his musical ability.
Upon first listen to Moyer’s CD, there are a couple of noticeable things. First, he’s got an exceptional voice, which comes from his years of studying voice in college, where he earned a Masters in Vocal Performance. The second is his eclectic range of influence, which centers around the acoustic, Dave Matthews-ish approach to song craftsmenship. The third is Moyer’s energy, which hovers at a comfortable level, and never falls into the bowels of boredom.
- Nick Rose - Pulse Weekly


"Review of "The Light" 2005"

How many CDs do you own that begin with four acoustic rock originals and end with five classical pieces, performed by the very same artist? That's exactly what you will get if you pick up Joshua Moyer's debut album, The Light. A classically-trained tenor, Moyer reels you in with his rockin' side, but really gets your attention with his interpretations of the works of Tchaikovsky, Mozart, Massenet and others. Check out his new web site at joshuamoyer.com for full-length streaming versions of a few of his originals - and lots of other great stuff! --AM
- Andy Myers - www.rockinpa.com


Discography

The Light (December 2004) - acoustic
"The Light" - JeepTrax 2005 - NYC Intl Auto Show
Left-Handed Compliment (April 2006) - full band
"Lullaby" - TeensPeace Compilation -- Spring 2006

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The thing you notice most at one of Joshua Moyer’s live shows is just how much this guy loves playing. It’s about more than just about making music for this Philadelphia-based eclectic rock singer, guitarist and composer: it’s about having a conversation with his audience. Playing live gives this guy energy and his fans pick up on that. The crowd becomes participants, which drives Moyer to dig in harder, take risks and explore new ground. It’s no wonder that Joshua Moyer is building a growing following throughout the Northeast, delivering to audiences who are looking for something more in modern rock.

Growing up in Reading, PA Moyer got into music at an early age: his parents had an incredibly wide-ranging record collection, and he remembers hearing everything from Kiss, Iron Butterfly, Jefferson Airplane to The Beatles, Rod Stewart and John Denver as a child. Joshua began singing in school with a variety of groups: classical ensembles, chamber choirs and a gospel choir. He was a standout throughout high school and college, even performing at Carnegie Hall (in high school) and touring Italy as a student at Lebanon Valley College. He also excelled in musical theater and performed in a wide variety of shows throughout Pennsylvania, appearing as an extra in the CBS TV show, Hack. He also had found time to complete a Masters of Music in Vocal Performance from Duquesne University.

Despite his success in musical theater and acting, something inside him always seemed to pull him back to creating his own music. Soon, Moyer moved from Pittsburgh to Philadelphia so that he could devote more time to the craft. The move quickly paid off – his original tracks appeared in the movie American Hoodlums, were selected by Jeep for their New York Auto Show showcase and he performed well-received shows in clubs throughout PA and NJ, including a spot at World Café Live.

It’s not surprising that Moyer has been influenced by honest, “musicians’ musicians”. Joshua cites the loose, improv-driven jams of the Dave Matthews Band, the rhythmic spiritual force of Bob Marley and Trent Reznor’s “polyphony amongst the noise” and brutally honest lyrics, as primary influences. Realizing that – above all else – these musicians have always stayed true to the music and their own hearts, Moyer forges these seemingly disparate influences to create a sound uniquely his own. His compositions, whether upbeat or melancholy, embrace the fire of introspection and brutally honest lyrics. When he sings, “Just beneath the skin, there’s a fear rising within, I see you with my eyes and I know just where to begin. I’m so full of hate that I can’t come out ahead, Seep into my dreams so you can pull me through the end,” in “The Meek,” you can almost feel your own skin crawl.

Currently Moyer is finishing his first full-length rock CD, Left-Handed Compliment (he’s a lefty guitarist.) The CD was recorded at the Green Room Studio in Harrisburg, PA and was engineered, produced, and mastered by Derek Euston, a college friend and owner of the Green Room. Moyer is assembling a full band, and will tour in support of the CD. Wherever his busy touring schedule takes him, audiences are taking note. As Moyer says, “When a musician is playing with all their heart, and conveying their emotions, the audience is right there with them.“ And from what we’ve seen from this young man so far, the audiences will be right there with him for a long time to come.