Josh Nuzum is a singer/songwriter coming out of Charlotte, NC. With a voice reminiscent of Shawn Mendez and Ed Sheeran, his first release has already garnered industry attention for bringing a fresh sound to the pop space. His first single, “Dance in The Starlight” has accumulated over 235,000 Spotify streams. With over 4,000 playlist adds, it will be sure to find its way into more and more wedding ceremonies around the world.
Josh released his second single, “Stand Again” on March 18th of 2022. This song is sure to grab attention and hit home for many with its message of hope and a commitment to the people we care most about.
Thank you for taking this interview! How has the New Year been for you so far as an artist?
Absolutely! This year has been incredible. I released my second single, “Stand Again”, recorded a couple of music videos, began playing live, and I’m planning on releasing several more songs later this year!
Can you tell us how you've transformed from the beginning to now as an artist?
I’ve definitely gained more confidence in my writing, and I’ve become even more passionate about what exactly I want to accomplish in my career as well. Concerning the community I can make and music I can create.
How did you come up with your latest project?
My latest project would be “Stand Again” which was written about one of my best friends who suffered from chronic illness. It’s also for anyone who struggles with any physical or mental illness, or someone going through the hardships of life, from the perspective of the people who love them.
Where are you from originally?
I was born in Denver, Colorado, but I moved to Charlotte, North Carolina when I was very young.
Where do you live now?
Charlotte, North Carolina! But I would really love to move to Nashville as soon as I can.
Do you think where you live impacts how your music is made?
I think where you live definitely can affect the sound and theme of your music. I feel like there’s a huge range of variety in Charlotte, however, regarding musical style. So I wouldn’t say there’s a direct influence the culture has on new music.
What was the inspiration to make music your career?
A friend of mine saw an acoustic guitar cover I posted and realized I could really play guitar. And after talking with me and connecting me with a producer he knew in Nashville, he really encouraged me to give this thing a shot. So I started writing, really started singing, and we were able to create my first single, “Dance in the Starlight”.
How do you want to shape your career?
I think it would be so cool to create music that can take on multiple perspectives, and create a community that can relate with one another because of connections they have with the music. And I want to do everything I can to do that for the rest of my life.
Do you work on a tight timeline always or do you go with the flow when it comes to your music?
The practical side of social media, or the logistical side of being an artist is always on a tight timeline for me. However, when I’m writing I normally give myself as much time as I need in order to flow with whatever it is I’m creating.
How did your latest title of your music come to be?
“Stand Again” was always the hook of the song, and it also encompassed the idea and theme very well.
Is it hard to let go of the music when it is done?
There is an aspect of releasing music that’s really scary, especially when it’s something you’re being very vulnerable about. So letting go of the music in that sense is very difficult. But, at the same time, there’s comfort in sharing that story with people, and relating to people you had no idea felt the same way.
Do you feel an emotional attachment with your music?
Absolutely. You can produce a good beat, or pretty melody, but emotion and genuineness can’t be manufactured. And that’s what connects with the audience the most.
How would you describe your music in one word to someone who hasn't listened to it yet?
I would have to say “hopeful”. If it’s the production or lyrics and theme itself, it all has this uplifting feel to it that I really love.
Where do they go to listen NOW?
I have two singles out right now called, “Stand Again” and “Dance in the Starlight”! You can find both of those songs on all streaming platforms, and anywhere you listen to music!
What has been the best fan reaction to your music?
When I get requests or messages about using Dance in the Starlight for someone's first dance at their wedding is one of the coolest things that has ever happened to me. For my song, something I’m so passionate about, to be able to play a small part in that significant moment of someone’s life is a feeling I’ll never be able to fully express.
Is there anything exciting coming up for you?
My next single “Dream On My Own” will be coming out in June, streaming on all platforms!
Are you performing the song anywhere LIVE?
I have been performing at the Evening Muse, which is an open mic here in Charlotte, NC!
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