Josh started playing the piano
at age 6, building a solid foundation with noted
jazz pianist Milton Krauss.
He later went on to study classical music with
former Royal Academy of London instructor Josh
started playing the piano at age 6, building
a solid foundation with noted jazz pianist Milton
Krauss. He later went on to study classical
music with former Royal Academy of London instructor
Bernard Scott. Josh also played the violin from
the ages of 7 - 15 or so.
He played in the school
orchestra and sang in the high school
chorus, but was eventually kicked out of both
for talking too much: "I was a bit of a
wise-ass," Josh notes. In order to fully
prepare for his duties as lead singer, in 1994
Josh began intensive vocal training with world-renowned
vocalist Tony Harnell of TNT.
As far as some background
info, Josh explains: "I was influenced
as a person by the music that happened to be
around in my house growing up, and I always
was partial to music and lyrics that challenged
my thinking and playing in some way."
"As a kid, I grew up
on classical and film music
more than anything else, having played classical
piano since I was a kid, and having been an
avid movie fan for as long as I can remember.
I remember being inspired by things like John
Williams' "Star Wars" score, and Bill
Conti's music from "Rocky." I was
fascinated by the power they had to change my
mood almost instantly, exactly according to
the intention of the music.
My first introduction
to rock was through older albums my parents
had around the house; things like Simon and
Garfunkel's "Sounds of Silence" and
"Bridge over Troubled Waters," Bob
Dylan, and Harry Chapin, among others.
The other thing that was so
great about this music is that the lyrics were
so poetic and powerful - even as a young teenager
I was forced to think about life in a different
way. Then, some years later, I overheard some
guys in school reading a review of Rush's
"Signals," so I ran out and bought
the cassette, and was absolutely blown away
by the combined power of the music, the playing,
and the thoughtfulness and depth of the lyrics."
has been a musical hero of mine since then,
and I am continually amazed at the consistent
strength and professionality of his writing.
That was really my introduction to heavy rock,
and I was hooked. Later on I got into heavier
music like Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, and
early Rainbow, as well as more progressive stuff
like Styx, Kansas, Yes, and Journey."
"I never really played
in bands until I got to college,
and that's where I met Jimmy. We've been playing
together now for a good long time now, and that's
why we work together so well.
As far as the lyrics,
my main goal is always to try to strike as many
emotional chords as possible, so a lot of the
time the words end up being dangerously personal.
I'm fairly introverted, and that leads me to
spend a lot of time pondering and observing
things, and that sometimes translates into some
pretty heavy, often sad, but I think ultimately