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Lampstand / Press

“Java Jive opened the first of four rounds of “The Project,” the University of Maine’s very own musical talent contest Tuesday. Long awaited, it proved to be another enjoyable yet varied night of acoustic music. Up next, Joshua Hiatt presented his passionate blend of Christian rock. He sang four mostly upbeat songs with his guitar, including “Don’t Lose Your Soul” and “Reborn.” While explaining the spiritual background of his songs, Hiatt was brimming with enthusiasm on stage, which was clearly reflected in his music. At the end of the evening, the successful qualifiers were announced with some surprising results: Joshua Hiatt and “Johnny Rainfield” will go through to perform again at the semi-final on April 11.”

“Hiatt plays somewhere between the genres of Christian rock and acoustic. He’s from Bangor, Maine and is getting married this Saturday. Hiatt threw down half an hour of pretty much all originals. As the show continued, more people shuffled in to hear what all of the fuss was about. Along with the curious ones, some of Hiatt’s family squeezed in to watch their fianc�/uncle/brother/friend play away. Erik Jackson, one of Hiatt’s band mate’s songs “Riverside” was a nice change of pace in the set. It allowed for people to see what else Hiatt was capable of and how well he could cover something, even if no one else had ever heard of it. Right after that though, it was back to the originals with “Praise,” a song about temptation and how to fight it. Then it was “Reborn,” which was a mix between Christian rock and a love ballad. With the finale of his set, Josh’s family handed out some delicious pumpkin cake to the audience. Who doesn’t like pumpkin cake?”