by Autumn Barker
This week’s Artist of the Week, Josiah Leming, is a former “American Idol” contestant. The singer/songwriter will be performing at 1982 Bar on April 2 along with November Commitment and One Love.
The Tennessee native, who knew from a young age that music was his calling, withdrew from high school and moved to Texas at the age of 17. He lived out of his car for the next couple of months and played open mic nights around the Southeast.
In 2008, an 18-year-old Leming auditioned for the seventh season of “American Idol,” and was sent through to the second rounds. After charming judges with his rendition of Mika’s “Grace Kelly,” he was predicted to be an early favorite until he was surprisingly eliminated before live stages.
But that was only the beginning for Leming. After his brief appearance on “American Idol,” he was invited to be a guest on “The Ellen Degeneres Show.” He quickly drew the attention of major labels and was ultimately signed to Warner Brother Records.
During his time with Warner Brothers, Leming moved to London where he produced two EP’s: Angels Undercover in 2008 and Punk Ass Rain in 2009. After releasing his debut album Come on Kid in 2010, the Warner Brothers’ roster underwent changes and Leming was left without representation.
So Leming took his career into his own hands and released Another Life in 2011, which featured his hit track, “One Last Song.” With over 1 million YouTube views, “One Last Song” has succeeded in bringing attention back to Leming, who is is currently on his Listen Close Tour and preparing for the release of a third album.
Leming’s sound is similar to that of artists such as Ron Pope, Brighten, and Stephen Jerzak. Combining catchy lyrics, soulful vocals and upbeat piano melodies, his songs are sure to get stuck in your head. His lyrics are insightful, his arrangements are both upbeat and enchantingly beautiful, and his vocals are smooth and impassioned — All of these factors add together to create raw music that captures and holds your attention.
Doors open at 8 p.m. and the show is scheduled to start at 9 p.m. Tickets can be purchased online in advance or at the doors on the day of show. Don’t miss the chance to experience such remarkable musicianship — this show is sure to be a great one!