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Joshua / Bio

“I try to do things with my music that constantly push my boundaries and limitations. I always want to be growing. I try to aim for something in my music that gives it life beyond me…because I’m just the start. A song is written, then recorded, then the band add their touch…by the time it reaches the audience it has taken on a life of its own. And to me, that’s when the magic happens.”

Coming from a background of deep southern soul, jazz, and motown influences – it’s not surprising that Joshua has tried on many music styles in the past including a soul/sultry pop, indie/funk pop-rock, and even jazz and blues. A Dylan-influenced songwriting style with soulful roots running deep in this Nashville native’s voice, combine to form a Folk and Americana landscape as evidenced in his most recently recorded material.

Having had the pleasure of sharing the stage with the purple majestic, Prince, in LA, as well as receiving an Emmy Nomination in 2012, Joshua recently travelled cross-country to begin a documentary that follows his own life story of musical struggle and hardship. Aptly titled, “Home on the Road”, it poses the life pursuant question, “What does success mean to you?” to those along the way. Now, after a 7 year relationship with the city of Angels, Joshua once again calls Nashville home.

From March 2014 to March 2015, Joshua and the Bandits wrote, recorded, and released a song per week- distributed exclusively from their mailing list. They are currently working on these songs in studio, and booking shows and house concerts.

General Info

Band Members
Joshua Smith, Stevie Riolo, Deron Johnson, Roberto Cerletti
Artist Name
Home Page
Folk / Pop

Contact Info

Nashville, TN