Joshua’s music borrows a little from the past, and projects an image of the future. The result is a perfect soundtrack for our times; sound that reflects our changing political climate, global economic struggles, rapidly advancing technology and, most importantly, the need to forget all of that stuff and just have FUN!
Joshua’s honest, heart felt lyrics are a cross between poetry and conversation. His voice has the raspy, soulful quality of Chris Robinson (The Black Crowes) or Seal delivered with urgency that can be compared to artists like Splender, Van Hunt and Foo Fighters.
Joshua’s debut, full length solo album, DNA, (released independently in November of 2008) garnered rave reviews and earned several awards and accolades. The album was named to BlowupRadio.com’s top 5 albums of 2008. In 2009, the lead track, “Get together,” earned an Asbury Park Music Awards nomination for Song of the Year.
Whether as solo acoustic or with a full band, Joshua’s live performances feature his signature, soulful voice and down to earth manner fused with the type of undeniable energy one would expect to see at an arena rock concert. However, there is no over the top fanfare, just quality songs, emotionally committed performances and an undeniable connection between the artist and the audience.
Joshua Van Ness’ Notable Accomplishments:
- 9 time Asbury Music Award Nominee
- Opened for Woodstock Legend, Richie Havens
- Headlined at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Jan 2013, Feb 2015
- Featured on Asbury Park Press 66 Sessions March 2013