Joshua Stedman

Joshua Stedman

 Miami Beach, Florida, USA
BandRockSinger/Songwriter

Joshua Stedman is Stevie Wonder meets Seal with the voice of Sting. A rock-soul-funk fusion of musical complexity with a timeless and accessible message of heart, hope, and reality.

Biography

Mix Sting with Stevie Wonder, Seal, Jamiroquai and The Beatles. You’ll be poured a sonic-cocktail of Joshua Stedman. His sound resonates as a slow, reflective pour of these classic and modern influential artists.

Inspired during siren-laden Manhattan midnights, foggy San Fran mornings, and the radiant heat from Miami’s sultry night life… Joshua’s triple-city canvas enriches musical sculptures carved from the introspective realities of life, relationship, and society's turbulent influences.

Classic soul nuances unleash a deep, open-ended rock-funk that underscores catchy melodic overlays... a sound woven from funk/soul/jazz roots, winding chord arrangements, interlaced subtleties on Rhodes, Wurlitzer and B3 ivories, and elusive guitar riffs atop deep organic bass lines.

Joshua’s addictive melodies and story-telling are fueled by a distinctly bright and smoothly breathy vocal that pours out an honesty that seduces the ear from fade-in to fade-out.

Lyrics

Fool I've Been

Written By: Joshua Stedman

What a fool I've been to think I had the upper hand.
You ask me to be everything and to change with every grain of your sand.

For here now, I lay down alone.
I feel your fingers running through my hair.
I give you ninety-nine percent, but you need one hundred ten and some to spare.

When will I realize my eyes deceive my heart?
I guess I can't blame you, I’m the one who led you this far.

What a fool I've been to drag you in.
And to let my ego and my self worth both sit
on top of your pointing fingertip, and candy lips.

When will I realize my eyes deceive my heart?
I guess I can't blame you, I’m the one who led you this far.
When will I realize my eyes deceive my heart?
I guess I can't blame you, I’m the one who led you this far.

I let you believe you were right for me.
But it was all for you in spite of me.

When will I realize my eyes deceive my heart?
I guess I can't blame you, I’m the one who led you this far.
When will we realize it was beauty that played our hearts?
There’s no one to blame, it was vanity right from the start.

Tangled

Written By: Joshua Stedman

Someone’s in the room next door not far from us so don’t make a sound.
Most out there don’t really care, they’re just curious, with their ears to the ground.
When they prod and pry, it’s not for them to know. For this is our time.
So relax all your fear, we’re safe in here tongue-tying the public eye.

She said to me, “I know the way.”
Cause we’ve been there before. So come get tangled up with me.

When they stare and share, we scoff it off… cause they’re wasting their time.
So close your ears and eyes, we’re safe inside, for here we lie entwined.

She said to me, “I know the way.”
Cause we’ve been there before. So come get tangled up with me.
She gently took my hand. Smiled and said, “I’ve got a plan.”
Cause we’ve been there before. So come get tangled up with me.

Friday night turned into Sunday.
Woke up the crack of dawn on Monday.
Looked at your face again this morning.
How did you get me here again?

She whispered in my ear… “I’ll set you free, yeah…”
Cause we’ve been there before. So come get tangled up with me.
She insisted that I listen... “Come and you’ll see, and I’ll make you agree.”
Cause we’ve been there before.
So be quiet and get tangled up with me.
She said, be quiet and get tangled up with me.
She put her finger on my lips… “Shhhhhh”
Be quiet and get tangled up with me.
Come on get tangled, tangled with me.

Simple Love

Written By: Joshua Stedman

Like a fisherman who poisons his own lake. We recognize our big mistake.
Staring into empty waters questioning the thoughtless slaughters - asking how we strayed so far from simple dreams.

Why do I seek to find the truth, when she blooms right in front of me?
Why would I want anymore than you, when you’re everything I’ll ever need?
Imagine if every wish we dreamt of came true before we fell asleep.
The corner of my smile deepens, when I look at you.

Your peace becomes our battlefields of war. But it’s never helped to settle any score.
You’ve given us a chance to share this dance with you, romance with you…
and even now, we still don’t take the lead.

Why do I seek to find the truth, when she blooms right in front of me?
Why would I want anymore than you, when you’re everything I’ll ever need?
Imagine if every wish we dreamt of came true before we fell asleep.
The corner of my smile…

Respecting a woman’s love is to notice the little things. Hear her whisper in the wind. The caress of her weeping willow hair. Her nectar in the air.
It’s a simple love. It’s a simple love.

Why do I seek to find the truth, when she blooms right in front of me?
Why would I want anymore than you, when you’re everything I’ll ever need?

Why do I seek to find the truth, when she blooms right in front of me?
Why would I want anymore than you, when you’re everything I’ll ever need?
Imagine if every wish we dreamt of came true before we fell asleep.
You may be a mother to us all, but you’re a woman after all.

Left Foot Leading

Written By: Joshua Stedman

She leads with her left foot as always, but never to run.
She does what she does, and no one the wiser may caution.
With elegant persuasion, she makes it all seem OK.
But deep down inside, the façade can’t and won’t stay that way.

And the King told me to stay away.
Said there was nothing for me to say.
So I packed my things and walked away.
For he was right all along…

She’s delightfully stubborn, and endearingly innocent with class.
And quick with a wit that always lands her the last laugh.
She follows no footsteps from others from years handed down.
But to the maze in her mind she can’t hide she’s eternally bound.

And the King told me to stay away.
Said there was nothing for me to say.
So I packed my things and ran my way.
For he was right all along.

And I see how it is.
This is how she lives.
I can’t ever change her mind.
For only lost love could try. That’s why I tried.

The Gift

Written By: Joshua Stedman

I feel the need to save the world, but it seems just too big.
What’s one drop of change in a sea of need?
I want to know the name of the person I help heal.
I want to be the dream as it’s becoming real.

Sometimes a hand in need reaches out right next to me.
A drifter looks my way, his tired eyes say...

“I need a miracle. I’ve done everything I can.
I’ve put my pride aside. Now I’m reaching for a hand, while I still can.
What might seem small to you can change my life.
Instead of saying ‘thank you.’ I’ll pass your gift along and inspire another one.”

She earns an Ivy League degree as the family prodigy.
Under pressure to succeed, she breaks down at 23.
This is not random desperation. This is life. This is real, it hits home. She cries…

“I need a miracle. I’ve done everything I can.
I’ve put my pride aside. Now I’m reaching for a hand, while I still can.
What might seem small to you can change my life.
Instead of saying ‘thank you.’ I’ll pass your gift along...”

Take my hand. Pull you through. And give something for others to aspire to.
The world needs more givers. We have enough takers.
It comes back to me, back to you, back to us…

“I need a miracle. I’ve done everything I can.
I’ve put my pride aside. Now I’m reaching for a hand, while I still can.
What might seem small to you can change my life.
Instead of saying “thank you…”

“…I’ll just become a miracle. I’ll do what I can.
I’ll set my pride aside and lend a helping hand, well of course I can.
What might seem small to me could change your life.
Instead of saying “thank you.” Just pass my gift along. Inspire another one.
A guarded gift dies. A shared gift survives and keeps the dream alive.

Smile

Written By: Joshua Stedman

It’s all in her smile. It empties me out and I gaze at her defenselessly. How can I resist the touch of her lips? We disappear, it all seems clear. It’s part of her way. She’ll only go where her heart can be gently warmed. Where does all this time go? She knows she can have me, oh, but I don’t care. She can do what she wants to me. Say no? I wouldn’t dare. I can’t deny that look in her eyes. I’ve lost it.
Got no self-control tonight. Sun shines on her face, her free spirit and grace.
Turned heads and lay stunned in her wake. Butterflies are spinnin’ as she crawls to me to say, “look what I found…”
Just moments after her towel hits the ground. Where does all this time go? Yeah she knows she can have me, oh, but I don’t care. She can do what she wants to me. Say no? I wouldn’t dare. I can’t deny that look in her eyes. I’ve lost it. Got no self-control tonight. And I find it amusing that I can’t feel myself. And maybe confusing, this can’t be good for my health. She makes me loose all my cares for the world. And I seem to give in, when she drops down her curls. It seems strange to be arranged, and share a space with another face that you barely know. I’d rather wait for the moment when my mind doesn’t need to think cause my heart’s already sold. It’s the only way I’m gonna to know.
…That she can have me, and I won’t care.
She can do what she wants to me. Say no? I wouldn’t dare. I can’t deny that look in her eyes. I’ve lost it. Got no self-control tonight. And I find it amusing, that I can’t feel myself. And maybe confusing, can this be good for my health? She makes me loose all my cares for the world. I seem to give in, when she drops down her curls.
mmmmm

The Craving

Written By: Joshua Stedman/Allen Towbin

Smoky haze, whiskey burns on my tongue.
Torn red couches, never once have seen the sun.
Stale perfume, tags on the bathroom stalls.
30 years of history line the backstage halls.

Got the call tonight last minute opening.
Friend asks me if I’ve got any songs to sing.
6 train down to CBs with a broken string.
And my heart - sliding down my sleeve.

Somewhere deep inside, there's a hidden sun waiting to shine.
The moment it finds a way, there's no turning back to yesterday.

The spotlight burns a blinding halo.
Candles do a dance between the silhouettes and shadows.
Old guitar in hand, a lonely microphone stand.
Crowd’s a little loud waitin’ on the headline band.

Then their faces turn, their eyes burn.
To make my soul ignite in the midnight.
Supernova on the cusp, exploding into stardust.
Letting go as I become my dreams.
(Letting go to wake up in my dream.)

Somewhere deep inside, there's a hidden sun waiting to shine.
The moment it finds a way, there's no turning back to yesterday.

There’s a place at home I’d sit alone.
And sing the tune of the caged bird’s song.
I feel the bars close in on me.
But in my dreams I see the key.

Somewhere deep inside, there's a hidden sun waiting to shine.
The moment it finds a way, there's no turning back to yesterday.

For the first time I realize, what it is to feel alive.
We must all have a sun inside, and after tonight I now know why.

I now know why. I now know why.
I now know why. I now know why.

Real Thing

Written By: Joshua Stedman

This one is for you, a tribute to our time.
Written from the honesty that’s kept our hope alive.
Hum it in an elevator with strangers standing ‘round.
Or belt it naked in your bedroom mirror with a hairbrush microphone.
Don’t need the radio on to remember this song.
Cause when I've done this right, you'll get the butterflies that leap up to sing along.

Sometimes it feels like we’re just dreaming and this can’t be real.
But then, sometimes I notice we get to paint this canvas.
And we’re two bristles in the same stroke, coloring our own road.

And although we can’t see into the future cause our lives are forever changing.
You still remain my longest lasting real thing.

I wake up in the morning to your soft and sultry eyes.
Try to get out of bed, but instead, give the neighbors a little surprise.
We both have a history of getting bored after some time.
So we say exactly what we want so we don’t waste yours or mine.
Even when you’re mad at me, yeah, you do it in loving style.
You cross your arms and turn away, but can't help crack a smile.

Sometimes it feels like we’re just dreaming and this can’t be real.
But then, sometimes I notice we get to paint this canvas.
And we’re two bristles in the same stroke – coloring our own road.

And although we can’t see into the future cause our lives are forever changing.
You still remain my longest lasting real thing.
If we can’t see into the future cause the world is forever changing.
You still remain my longest lasting real thing.

We’ve both had other long-term lovers.
And yes we’ve played under another’s covers.
Never before have our hearts revved this high.
And besides, it’s the book of our lives and this next chapter is ours to write.

And if I ever have to miss you, I’ll remember the words we said.
“You’re my here and my now.” And you mean more than I can comprehend.
And if we can’t see into the future cause our lives are forever changing. It’s OK.
You still remain the candle for the flame of my longest lasting -- real thing.
Longest lasting real thing.
Longest lasting real thing.
Longest lasting real thing.
Would you care to keep living this?

Whisper

Written By: Joshua Stedman

It’s a tempting devil’s moment. Looking down, hanging over the edge.
Only way out, is dive into the white abyss below.
Under blue skies. It’s quiet here on top of it all.
Breathless for a moment, as I lean into the freefall.

She lures me in with champagne skin, crystal eyes, a vixen grin.
Seduction winks and I give in. Her snowflake whispers win again.

She tempts me to see, if I can treat her sensitively.
Slow the pace, so I can feel her powder white kiss melt on my face.
She’s alluring. But one time is never enough.
More than just diamonds, she’s my adrenaline rush.

She lures me in with champagne skin, crystal eyes, a vixen grin.
Seduction winks and I give in. Her snowflake whispers win again.
Affection. Connection… A thrill addiction.
She speaks to me like Shakespeare blowing snowflake whispers in my ear.
Draws me in and pulls me near.

The thrill is always in the chase.
You just want to be caressed in figure eights.
And if I look up from beneath you after the first time, and you’re satisfied.
I will climb up to hear your whispers turning into cries.

She lures me in with champagne skin, crystal eyes, a vixen’s grin.
Seduction winks and I give in. Her snowflake whispers win again.
Affection. Connection… A thrill addiction.
She speaks to me like Shakespeare blowing snowflake whispers in my ear.
Draws me in and pulls me near.
Dive into you and disappear.
Touching heaven up here.
It’s heaven up here.

It's Only Fair

Written By: Joshua Stedman

So you meet someone different, someone new.
Think of the questions you wanna ask but never do.
Late nights are hot in the first month, the sparks fly.
Pay no mind to the deeper things on the other side.

If I dare to question now, where this is going.
I may get what I expect… but not what I wanted.

Take the time. Dig inside. It’s takes a moment to get to know her.
Speak my mind. I cannot hide… from words that get tucked away.

Why make things heavy, and complicated when they’re fine?
A passionate kiss may just be a ripple in time.
Maybe he’s just not there… Can’t commit just yet.
Maybe she needs her space, so… don’t place your bets.

If I dare to question now, where this is going.
I may get what I expect… but not what I wanted.

Take the time. Dig inside. It’s takes a moment to get to know her.
Speak my mind. I cannot hide… from words that get tucked away.
What we both want to know, we’ll never find out.
It’s worth losing you to speak my mind.

If I dare to question now, where this is going.
I may get what I expect… but not what I wanted.
It’s only fair that we both know where this is going.
Even if we get what we expect and not what we wanted.

Take the time. Dig inside. It’s takes a moment to get to know her.
Speak my mind. I cannot hide… from words that get tucked away.
What we both want to know, we’ll never find out.
It’s worth losing you to speak my mind.

Discography

UN-TANGLED (LP)
UN-TANGLED (EP)
The Gift (Single)

Set List

Some combination for 1-3 45 minute sets of the following:

ORIGINALS:
Fool I've Been
Tangled
Simple Love
Left Foot Leading
Real Thing
Smile
Whisper
It's Only Fair
The Gift
The Craving
Worth a Try
All Growns Up (Peanuts Theme Song) - Original Lyrics

COVERS:
Are You Gonna Go My Way - Lenny Kravitz
Message In a Bottle - The Police
Ain't Nobody - Chaka Khan
Mary Jane’s Last Dance – Tom Petty
Tiny Dancer - Elton John
In Your Eyes - Peter Gabriel
Hard to Handle - Black Crowes (Otis Redding)
She's Too Good for Me - Sting
Sunday Morning - Maroon 5
Walk On the Ocean - Toad the Wet Sprocket
You Are My Love - Jamiroquai
PYT - Michael Jackson
I Wish - Stevie Wonder
Cosmic Girl - Jamiroquai
Move By Yourself - Donovan Frankenreiter