Could you tell us a bit about yourself? Where we’re you born and raised?
I am Brooklyn born, Long Island raised. I have been singing my entire life. I am sitting here remembering performing the National Anthem at age 10 for a local New York yacht club. I began writing my own lyrics around age 18. Music is what I live for.
How was it growing up there?
Living in Hewlett Long Island is not the easiest place to grow up. Most parents are directing their children’s lives. I refuse to be directed. I will not take a 9 to 5 job just to please others. I have always had this musical passion built inside of me. I will never let it go. I write and sing to heal all hearts and minds.
What generated your interest in music?
It is naturally built in. It came with who I am.
What type of music do you create?
I create pop/rock music. I am open to all types of music. I am trained in Italian opera and enjoy using my vibrato within a pop/rock setting
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How long have you been creating music professionally?
I have been writing and recording original work for 9 years.
Why do you create music and who is your music for?
I create music for others. As stated previously, I write to open all hearts and minds. To heal wounds with my word.
You released an ep not too long ago. Could you tell us a bit about that?
Out of the Deep Blue was written based off life experiences to help others with their own life experience.
What was the inspiration behind the project?
I am inspired by finding ways to heal a hurt soul through a line I write. Aside from music, I always reach out to the ones in pain.
What makes your music different from other artists?
Most music today contain lyrics that focus on specific situations. To me, that cannot heal all listeners. Music should be created to heal [and] not to destroy. I use universal language so anyone can grab hold to the words and apply it to their own life situations.
What does it feel like to work on what you love regularly?
When venturing into other work, I realize every single time that I am meant to be in music. No where else.
What advice do you have for aspiring artists?
My best advice is to keep going. Hold on to your visions. Never give up. Don’t let fear become your worst enemy. Face your fears and always listen to your heart.
Why do you think it’s important for people to follow their dreams?
We all have a destiny. We are all growing to where we belong. Grab on to your dreams and fight for them. Become where you belong.
Check out his video “Like the Rest”
Official Website: Josh Michaels
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