ABOUT JOSH OLSEN
Josh Olsen started singing and songwriting at age 5. His mother was a singer and songwriter, and inspired him from a very young age. His childhood was spent in recording studios and my mother’s concerts. Being a shy kid, he was very bullied by other kids, so his parents took him out of school and home schooled from 5th grade through junior high.
“Music was a way for me to get out my feelings and express myself. It made me feel powerful, like I was in control in a world where a lot of times, I felt helpless."
Josh wrote his first song on the guitar when he was 5 years old, and that was the start of many songs. His mother lead the music in their families’ church, and so he got his start by singing along side his mother every Sunday. He then went on to lead the youth group band, and also started touring around Texas doing battle of the band competitions with his twin brother.
After high school, Josh decided he wanted to chase his dreams of doing music full time. He and his brother wrote their first full length album together. Josh’s dad studied sound engineering and had a great ear for music, so he took on the task of recording their first album.
“We loved being apart of the production process and seeing the songs come together one layer at a time, it was magic.”
After the album was done, Josh and his brother decided to move out of their small town to look for more opportunities in the big city, so they moved the band to Austin. Josh and his brother Jeremiah did the show the X-Factor together, making it to the top 40 acts in America, but we were cut right before the live shows.
“It was a great learning experience for us, more than just being on a show, it really made me realize my love for performing, and singing at that level, made me realize I wanted to take my music as far as could possibly go.”
Josh struggled to find his own identity doing music with his brother, not only as a person, but as an artist.
“I have always enjoyed being very soulful with my voice. I would drive my family crazy sometimes growing up, exploring my range and doing runs and trills non stop, but it’s what has made me the singer I am today.”
Josh and his brother Jeremiah decided to start performing separately to allow ourselves to be their own artist. Josh started performing for a mega church in Austin with crowds around 2000 people. The church was very progressive, so they had a full band, lights, production, the whole nine yards. “It was like going to a concert every Sunday morning. I would perform all kinds of songs, from One Republic, to Katy Perry. For the first time I was standing alone on a stage without my brother and performing to an audience. It was major learning and growth season for me as an artist, and made me realize I had the ability to do it without my brother. As much as I enjoyed singing with him, we wanted different things, and are different artist.”
In January, 2016 Josh made the move from Austin Texas to Los Angeles.
“It was one of the hardest things that I’ve ever had to do. Leaving everything and everyone that I knew and moving to a place where I knew no one, was a huge leap into the dark, but I knew it was time.”
He packed everything he could fit into his car and made the 1,200 mile drive to Los Angeles. Starting in LA definitely made some challenges. Josh was able to recorded a full length album in one week with a producer here in LA, and during that week was working a full time job and not sleeping.
“I would leave the studio at 6 or 7 in the morning and drive to work and do it all over again the next night, but during that time, I have never had more energy or been more happy in my life. I was doing what I know I’m meant to do.
Shortly after, Josh was given the opportunity to co-wrote a song for NetFlix Fuller House Star, Juan Pablo Di Pace, for the release of his debut single “Broken”.
“My song writing process is different every time. I am always hearing melodies and will record them everywhere, from the shower, to the car, I’ve even woken up from a dream and recorded a melody to a song in the middle of the night. I grew up writing songs the old fashioned way, one instrument and a vocal, and then building from there.”
Josh has release two singles in 2018, and is set to release 6 more songs this year, that will complete his first solo EP.