Josh Osho : Get Familiar

This South London native describes himself as a singer, songwriter, troubadour and wordsmith who makes classic song writing look absolutely effortless. Judging by his first two singles – last year’s “Redemption Days” featuring Ghostface Killah and “Giants” featuring Childish Gambino – the above description is a pretty accurate one.
His name is Josh Osho.

Truth be told, it took me a second to start paying proper attention to the self-proclaimed troubadour and self-taught guitarist – it wasn’t until three months ago when a video appeared online of Osho reworking Kanye West’s smash hit “Jesus Walks” to a perfect T that I sat up to take notice and really listen.

Combining a musical integrity that has been sometimes described as “spiritual” with a very warm and very fine Pop/Soul voice that just draws up in completely and lyrical as well as song writing dexterities that are well beyond his years, Josh Osho tells a very compelling story and takes you on a poignant and personal journey with his music, as it very well should be.

On “Ebenezer Hotel” for example, a song named after the hostel in Lambeth (London) where he found himself living rough and even resorting to dealing drugs after he was kicked out of home, Josh Osho pours himself out – until the very last drop it seems – on the painfully soulful and heart-tugging song.

On the soon to be released “Giants,” Josh succeeds in creating a well-written intelligent Pop-leaning and, more importantly, beautifully uplifting and life-affirming song; without ever making it tacky.

Signed by Island Records co-president Darcus Beese soon after the then 18-year old took part in and won an online TV talent competition called Debutantes, Osho is now gearing up to release his debut album L.I.F.E – which will not only feature Ghostface Killah and Childish Gambino but will also feature a surprise guest appearance from Olu Dara, father of Hip-Hop legend Nas.

The album is rumoured to be executive produced by both the legendary RZA and Ghostface of Wu Tang Clan – and I personally cannot wait to hear it.

The first three months of 2012 has seen the 21-year old Island Records signee support Childish Gambino on his London 2-date concert, perform at HMV’s Next Best Thing and the first ever live edition of The Guardian’s New Band of the Day as well as take part in the 2012 MOBO Awards Tour.

Josh Osho will also be supporting Rizzle Kicks and the mighty Emeli Sande on their forthcoming respective UK tours and to tide us over until the release of his album, Osho’s new EP The Manifesto is out now for free download, while his Childish Gambino-featured single “Giants” will be released on April 23 via Island Records.

Josh Osho online: / @JoshOshoMusic / Facebook / VEVO / Tumblr

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