Joshua Popejoy

Joshua Popejoy

 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
BandRockSinger/Songwriter

Joshua Popejoy is Philly's most radio-ready indie artist. Named a “Best Local Songwriter” by CBS, he’s equally influenced by songwriters and jam bands. Whether acoustic with a cello or fronting his band, Joshua’s pop hooks, limber fretwork, and wailing vocals create a sound that’s uniquely his.

Biography

Joshua Popejoy never fails to capture the attention of an audience, whether he is playing solo, in an acoustic trio, or with his five-piece band. His music balances the difference between indie and mainstream, singer-songwriter and pop radio, to create a propulsive brand of melodic acoustic rock that has named him one of the "Best Local Songwriters in Philadelphia" by CBS.

Born in Kansas City, Missouri, Joshua grew up in a musical family. He began to learn how to play piano at a young age, and by high school he knew that he was supposed to make his living playing music. However, it wasn't the piano or the guitar that captured the bulk of his attention - it was the trombone, which became the concentration of his music performance degree in college.

Inspired by radio hits of Dave Matthews Band and Matchbox 20, as well as classic songs by Dylan, Young, and Cash, Joshua began playing guitar in college.

Equipped with his bachelor's degree and a burgeoning catalog of songs, Joshua made the move to Philadelphia in 2004, where he began to build his reputation as a confident, compelling performer. He combines the poise of his classical playing with the charm of a rock front-man to create a charasmatic on-stage persona. Calm and in-control on softer songs, on huge crescendos like typical set-closer "Surrendering" he seems as though he might shake loose from the stage.

With the addition of Cellist, Andrea Weber, began expanding his band. Andrea's widely varying style is perfectly in tune with Joshua's eclectic approach to guitar arrangements. In some instances she holds the low-end space of a rich, bowed bass, while in other places she is a lead guitarist, shredding through a killer solo. "I didn't want a cellist that just played long and pretty - I wanted one who could play lead lines and improvise. Andrea exceeded my every expectation."

In solo and duo situations, Joshua employs an innovative pedal board that combines distortion, wah pedals, and octave shifters with the ability to record loops - enabling him to craft a full band arrangement with just his guitar in less than a minute. A gimmick for other musicians, Joshua uses loops as an opportunity to explore the spaces in his songs, layering bass lines, percussive rhythms, guitar solos, and atmospheric sounds reminiscent of U2's Edge.

Joshua's music shatters the bland singer-songwriter mold. He's unafraid to inject an infectious pop hook or an infinitely repeatable chorus - as on "Just One Thing," the irresistible single from his EP. The pop in Joshua's music shines through due to the power of his soaring vocals and a signature guitar style that combines aerobic riffs and unusual chord voicings with ringing open strings.

It's the balance - between classical and modern, solo and band, rock and pop - that makes Joshua Popejoy Philadelphia's most radio-ready independent artist.

Career Highlights:

Played to Full Houses at: Tin Angel, Triumph Brewery, Milkboy Coffee, The Grape Room, The Manhattan Room, and many more

In-Studio Eagle's CBS Pregame Performance (2008)

Bethlehem's MusikFest - Main St Stage (2009)

LAUNCH Music Conference (2010)

In-Store GAP Performance (2010)

Named a "Best Local Songwriter in Philadelphia" by CBS (2010)

In-Store Best Buy Performance (2011)

Radio Play on 93.7 WSTW Hometown Heroes

Alternate for The Philadelphia Songwriter's Project songwriting competition (2011)

Bethlehem's MusikFest - Leiderplatz Stage (2011)

Downstairs (main stage) @ World Cafe Live (2012)

Lyrics

Just One Thing

Written By: Joshua Popejoy

Forever to you
Must mean tomorrow, you see
'Cause We are stuck somewhere between
Chained up, living free

So while our time stands still
One more dance? what the hell
See I, I never forgave
The ways I'd learned to behave

You had, you had, you had me
You had, you had me all along
You had, you had, you had me
You had, you had me all along
All along...

And who thought we would see
Not you, not me certainly
Chance seems on our side
For no reason, no rhyme

Well I, I trained myself
To train you to train me
One thing I never felt
And just one thing you could never see

You had, you had, you had me
You had, you had me all along
You had, you had, you had me
You had, you had me all along
All along

I must be on my own once more
So i will never know
I must be on my own once more
So i will never know...

You had, you had, you had me
You had, you had me all along
You had, you had, you had me
You had, you had me all along
All along

Till Then I'll Wait

Written By: Joshua Popejoy

A car door slams
Falling out
Screaming words from a bitter mouth
It seems there is no understanding
A mistake just escalating

This has got to stop
You think it would
But time keeps ticking on
Against the good
Of what has become in all of this
Have we lost our common sense?

So I will wait
And you will have to breathe slowly
Till this has past
And we are surrounded by no hate
Till then I'll wait

Their behavior is unexplained
Yet I'm the one they call insane
I find it a little strange
In a world so twisted, tied up
We forget where we started from

So I will wait
And you will have to breathe slowly
Till this has past
And we are surrounded by no hate

So I will wait
And you will have to breathe slowly
Till this has past
And we are surrounded by no hate
Till Then I'll Wait

5 Below

Written By: Joshua Popejoy

Well I forget the day
I finally got out of my way
I guess that's how we've gotten here
Sit there, now wish I'd disappear
But I'm sure you've never met
Anyone else you can forget
The way I plan to forget you
The way I plan to follow through

What if we'd never met?
Paths never crossed, I'd bet you'd get
In someone else's head the way
You got in mine, but no longer stay
Cause my eyes are open to the light
That it's the way you work in life
I think it's pretty safe to way
You're not the one for me

It's not cold at 5 below
With the peace of mine that I create
To let you go and let you know
This time I will place the blame
You won't admit one mistake along the way
So you are left to paint this portrait
Of my back, as I now go, through the snow
At 5 Below

How do you look so damned confused?
Act as if you'd never use
Someone else to get you where
You wanna be, now pretend you care
That this is the last time we meet
And the last time you will see
Me fade away into the gray
You're not the one for me

It's not cold at 5 below
With the peace of mine that I create
To let you go and let you know
This time I will place the blame
You won't admit one mistake along the way
So you are left to paint this portrait
Of my back, as I now go, through the snow
At 5 Below

Discography

Runway Lights (2008)
1. Airport
2. Just One Thing (streaming)
3. Surrendering
4. Till Then I'll Wait (streaming)
5. Unlike Me
6. I Find Myself at Ease

After The Ash (2010)
1. As I Stand
2. Fake
3. Paper Thin
4. Strip Yourself
5. Perfect Distraction
6. Tell Me Now
7. It's Your Silence (That is Killing Me)
8. After the Ash

Single - Till Then I'll Wait (Turtle Mix) (2011)

Set List

Joshua's setlists are populated by a mix of over 30 original songs, and augmented by a regular influx of pop and modern rock covers by Dave Matthews Band, Radiohead, The Killers, and even Britney Spears.

Sets are anchored by some of the songs from Joshua's 2008 EP *Runway Lights*, including single "Just One Thing," "Till Then I'll Wait," and scorching closer "Surrendering" with an extended refrain from the Counting Crows' "Murder of One."

Shows range in length from 45 minutes to three hours, regardless of band configuration. Joshua is also appropriate for in-the-round style sets with other acoustic songwriters.

Sample Setlist:

Solsbury Hill (Peter Gabriel)
Trace the Lines
Just One Thing
Perfect Distraction
#41 (Dave Matthews)
What's Keeping You Awake?
Till Then I'll Wait
...Baby One More Time (Britney Spears)
Unlike Me
Strip Yourself
Fake Plastic Trees (Radiohead)
When You Were Young (The Killers)
Surrendering > A Murder of One (Counting Crows)