Canadian singer songwriter Josh Taerk plays an exclusive live session via Get Ready to ROCK!’s Facebook page on Sunday 5 April at 21:00 BST (GMT+1)
Josh was born in Toronto, Canada. He is an official Recording Academy/Grammy Member and his single ‘Beautiful Tragedy’ – the title track of his 2018 album – broke into the Billboard Top 40 Pop Charts.
Max Weinberg (Rock & Roll Hall of Famer, Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band) has called Josh, ‘the most exciting new talent I have come across in years.’ Josh and Max have worked together since 2010 when Max asked Josh to open for him and his band in South Orange, New Jersey.
Then in 2011, Josh joined Max at Summerfest in Milwaukee to pay tribute to the late Clarence Clemons of The E Street Band. In October 2017, Max once again asked Josh to join him onstage and sing ‘Thunder Road’ at The Horseshoe Tavern in Toronto, Canada.
Josh’s album Beautiful Tragedy, released in 2018, followed the EP ‘Stages’ which also garnered attention across US and UK radio stations.
Long-time supporter, GRTR! reviews and news editor, Jason Ritchie wrote: ” “Josh Taerk successfully melds a memorable melody for those who love a great hook, along with thought provoking lyrics for those who like a little substance to their musical listening.”
He adds: “The live show is something of a first for Get Ready to ROCK! although not unique in these unusual times. It will give readers and listeners a chance to hear a very talented contemporary singer songwriter and maybe investigate his music further now and in the future.”
The session will also be relayed via the website’s radio station.
Readers can check out several reviews by following the link below
Following his much-appreciated, live-streamed, online show on Thursday 26th March, Danny Vaughn is planning another, at the request of his fans, with whom he’s long built up a close relationship: one, he’s acknowledged, that helped him overcome challenges and hardships, like the PledgeMusic problems last year that put his solo album in jeopardy.
Danny’s track record especially touring with that fantastic new solo album Myths, Legends & Lies, and with Dan Reed for their joint acoustic project Snake Oil & Harmony, has honed his lifelong love of storytelling, song and contact.
“Isolation is not a good state of affairs for performers,” Danny admits, “We’re an odd group because we are outwardly extroverted but inwardly introverted, if that makes sense? But those two opposites make up a balance that is key to who we are.”
“This,” he adds, “would account for why so many singers and performers are putting up videos of themselves right now: singing for us, sending us messages of encouragement or reading us Shakespeare. We’re doing what we always have done: reaching out to the hearts of others.”
Live performance matters to Danny: “For myself, I knew that if I didn’t sing and play for somebody after 12 days in isolation, I would start to climb the walls. So, I set a date and time, boarded the social media train and got the word out — as fast and as far as I could — that a show was coming.
“Last Thursday – for a little over two hours – I sang for and connected with over 600 people from at least two dozen different countries! We exchanged greetings, I told stories, people put in requests and there was an unexpectedly deep feeling of community and solidarity: a success on every level! We aren’t alone and we are in this together.
“The whole thing was so well-received that I have been asked by an overwhelming majority to do it all over again. So here it comes: Thursday, 2nd April — 8pm GMT; 3pm EST; 12 Noon Pacific.
“These performances are free, but to watch you have to have a Facebook account and go to the page Danny Vaughn’s Myths, Legends & Lies.
“Make some good food, get comfortable on your couch, and put me up on your big screen TV! My wife will be manning the laptop, so you can send in your messages, questions, thoughts – whatever you like — and we will see them.”
Danny has valued many things about the gigs. “I need to acknowledge the incredible generosity of so many people who watched me on Thursday,” he says, “These concerts are free, as I say, but so many of you went to my website and made donations that I felt overwhelmed and humbled. Thank-you for helping me keep the lights on! I look forward to sharing another evening with all of you on 2nd April! Thank you all so much! Stay well and stay safe.”
Make a date with Danny Vaughn, and if you didn’t catch his lockdown debut, check out the following link, where you can watch last Thursday’s concert in its entirety:
Josh is also one of the patrons of Fifty Gigs In A Day and has been a great supporter through the years of helping spread the word about the wonderful work done by Nordoff Robbins.
Josh Taerk (pronounced Terk) was born in Toronto, Canada. He is an official Recording Academy / Grammy Member and his latest single “Beautiful Tragedy” broke into the Billboard Top 40 Pop Charts! As of March 18th, 2019 it reached #38 on the BDS/Billboard Top 40 Pop Indicator Chart, and spent 3 consecutive weeks in the Top 40 at #33 on the Mediabase Top 40 Pop Activator Chart!
Max Weinberg (Rock & Roll Hall of Famer, Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band) has called Josh, “the most exciting new talent I have come across in years.” Josh and Max have worked together since 2010 when Max asked Josh to open for him and his band in South Orange, New Jersey. Then in 2011, Josh joined Max at Summerfest in Milwaukee to pay tribute to the late Clarence Clemons of The E Street Band. In October 2017, Max once again asked Josh to join him onstage and sing “Thunder Road” at The Horseshoe Tavern in Toronto, Canada.
Josh’s new album Beautiful Tragedy, released September 28th 2018, has been streamed over 150,000 times on Spotify and the title track was added onto over 100 radio stations across the UK. Fireworks Magazine wrote that Josh Taerk, “Continues to make waves on a global scale,” and “continues to beat the standard,” with his music.
After returning from his U.K. tour in January of 2018, Josh released the first single off of his EP Stages, “Learning To Let Go,” to national and regional radio in the U.K. The single was added onto 68 stations across the country.
Josh Taerk’s high-energy live shows are an experience like no other. Lyrically Speaking Magazine wrote, “the audience could feel the passion and enthusiasm Josh puts into his music…you can instantly tell that he has a large and confident presence onstage,” and the Bournemouth Daily Echo described Josh as a “rising star hailed as the new boss.”
Taerk’s EP, Stages was released in The US on October 20th 2017 and received airplay on 80 Triple A Radio stations across North America. The second single off the EP, “Anywhere Love Took Us,” has been streamed over 110,000 on Spotify and received rave reviews from US outlets such as No Depression, Paste Magazine and AXS.
In 2017 & 2016 Josh toured North America opening for Kevin Costner & Modern West, Jon McLaughlin, and The Weeks among others.
With the high energy of his live shows, Josh was named one of the “Top 5 Live Acts” of 2015 by acclaimed music writer Jason Richie and Josh’s previous album, Here’s To Change, was chosen as one of the top 25 albums of the year. In 2015, the title track off of Here’s To Change was
added onto over 40 radio stations throughout The U.K. John Oates (Hall and Oates, Rock & Roll Hall of Famer) recorded background vocals on 2 songs off of Josh’s Here’s To Change album and said of Josh and his songwriting, “I’ve enjoyed getting to know Josh & his music over the last few years…I think Here’s To Change is his best work to date.”
Josh has been key support on 3 tours and headlined 2 university tours throughout The U.K. He also performed at Canadian Music Week, he made it to the semi-finals of Indie Week Canada’s Band Competition, and was then invited to play 5 shows at Indie Week Europe in Manchester. Josh was also selected to play 2 shows at the Aspen Songwriters Festival hosted by John Oates.
It is a very challenging time for us all, where music can help soothe ourselves and bring out a sense of community, even if we can’t all be enjoying a live show in the same room. So this blog (and the Fifty Gigs In A Day one) will concentrate on highlighting live online music, plus new releases, from bands and artists across all genres.
Two shows today are That Joe Payne at 4PM GMT – expect prog and all sorts of musical delights
Then at 8PM GMT we have singer songwrier Tim Arnold which will be a treat I am sure!
Next Saturday folk duo Ninebarrow play a live streaming gig between 7PM and 830PM GMT
Bands/artists do get in touch and I will happily plug your gig, new music – whatever I can do to help.