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The Self-Defined Folkster Band’s Progressive Acoustic Approach Uses Cello, Woodwinds, Zither, Sax and Reverb to Create The Archaic Sound of the Future
Like many folk musicians, Joshua Christopher wants to use music to make the world a better place. “i am Love was born after my visit to post-earthquake Haiti,” he says. “I wrote Starting Over on the trip and decided to release it to help raise awareness for Haitian run charities.”
Christopher is no stranger to hardship himself and says he found his voice while incarcerated more than ten years ago. “I used to sing in a gospel choir. A group of us would get together every midnight and sing.” “I was so happy, so free, even though I was incarcerated.” He says he confessed to the crimes he committed and was determined to turn his life around. “Not being afraid of being arrested or looking over my shoulder any more was so freeing.”
At first, Christopher thought i am Love would be a solo singer/songwriter project. He started working on the album with his friend William Whitmire, who soon became i am Love’s bass player.
Three years in the making, I am Love’s debut shows many arrangements as the band has gone through three line-up changes and was recorded in part in three different studios. “Every player that has come in and been a part of this project I will always consider family and an I am Love band member, whether active or not.” With seven musicians contributing cello, viola, flugelhorn, violin, bassoon, clarinet, zither, saxaphone, eclectic drumming and other musical textures, i am Love became an eclectic mix of interchanging band members.
During the band’s three years in existence I am Love has spent much of their time on the road, touring often with whatever members or players were available but always keeping their core in place of Christopher, drummer Kris Jackson, and bassist Will Whitmire. They’ve played festivals such as SXSW, CMJ, NXNE, and the Brandywine Folk Festival, the last of which they helped put together in 2013.