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Nationality: American
Born: Sep 28 1971


Biography

Joseph Arthur (Akron, OH, 1971) had already been writing songs and playing music as a child. At the tender age of 16 he was the bass player for Frankie Starr and the Chill Factor which broke up in 1990, but fate was kind to Arthur a few years later when while working in a guitar shop in Georgia he was discovered by none other than Peter Gabriel.
Gabriel was impressed enough with Arthur's first EP 'Cut and Blind' to make Arthur the first American musician signed to Real World Records, Gabriel's record label. As 1997 approached, Arthur went into the Real World studio to record his first ... Read more

Joseph Arthur (Akron, OH, 1971) had already been writing songs and playing music as a child. At the tender age of 16 he was the bass player for Frankie Starr and the Chill Factor which broke up in 1990, but fate was kind to Arthur a few years later when while working in a guitar shop in Georgia he was discovered by none other than Peter Gabriel.
Gabriel was impressed enough with Arthur's first EP 'Cut and Blind' to make Arthur the first American musician signed to Real World Records, Gabriel's record label. As 1997 approached, Arthur went into the Real World studio to record his first full-length album, 'Big City Secrets'. His music was classic American singer-songwriter material. They were dirt road ruminations reminiscent of such artists as Neil Young, Bob Dylan, Tom Petty and even The Rolling Stones.
What would eventually make his tracks unique, however, was his unusual singing style and eclectic electronic production elements derivative of Beck, Bowie and The Cure. The record was released worldwide in 1997 and was supported by a tour with Peter Gabriel. The millennium’s end would witness the release of 'Vacancy', earning Joseph a Grammy nomination for the album artwork in 2000.
That same year Arthur also released 'Come to Where I'm From' and opened for such notable performers as Ben Harper and Gomez. In 2002 Arthur cut four "tour-only" EPs dubbed 'Junkyard Hearts' in addition to the well-received full-length album 'Redemption's Son'. Joseph then released an additional record christened 'Holding the Void', featuring bass guitarist Pat Sansone and drummer Rene Lopez who both also assisted with the vocals.
Following a 2003 tour in support of Tracy Chapman, Joseph delved into studio to work to record 2004's 'Our Shadows Will Remain', also managing to eke out yet another EP, 'And the Thieves Are Gone' and support R.E.M. on tour in that same year. European and American touring continued throughout 2005.
Arthur started his own record label, Lonely Astronaut Records, published an art-book entitled We Almost Made it, accompanied by the instrumental CD 'The Invisible Parade, and recorded his fifth full-length studio release 'Nuclear Daydream' in 2006.
2007, saw a UK release of a remix of Arthur's 2002 hit "Honey and the Moon" in addition to the release of Arthur's sixth studio recording, 'Let's Just Be' - the first album recorded with his band The Lonely Astronauts. Arthur followed the release of the disc with one of his largest US tours and announced in 2008, that he planned on releasing four EPs throughout the course of the year: 'Could We Survive', 'Crazy Rain', 'Vagabond Skies' and 'Foreign Girls'. Arthur then began to play solo shows, touring in support of his 2008 full-length release, 'Temporary People' in addition to the four EP's material.
Over time Joseph's one-man show has become a source of much excitement. "Armed with an array of guitars and a stockpile of effects pedals and looping tools, "Joseph Arthur solo and barely acoustic" is inspired. Painting while he sings has also become a staple of Joseph's impressive solo performances, with the art available for sale after concerts, in online auctions, and to help raise money for various humanitarian relief efforts, such as Haiti Relief Funds.
Joseph’s philanthropy extends to music as well; an EP including 6 versions of his song "In the Sun" (one cover by Michael Stipe of R.E.M. and Coldplay singer Chris Martin, one remixed by Justin Timberlake and one of which includes Arthur himself singing alongside Stipe) was released in 2006 for a Hurricane Katrina Relief program as part of an iTunes exclusive. In August of 2006, Joseph lent his musical talent to another worthy cause when he was invited to help launch 'A River Blue', an art festival serving to empower the creative endeavors of children living in Alebtong, Aloi and Amoro IDP (internally-displaced persons) camps in northern Uganda. Throughout his visit to the Alebtong camp in 2006, Joseph and the children recorded several versions of his song 'A River Blue', the musical work from which the project takes its name. He told interviewers: "'A River Blue' is a song I recorded with over one hundred orphans of the LRA nightmare in Northern Uganda. I wrote the song before I went to Uganda. . . I felt a little embarrassed about singing this with them as I could never understand the depth of their plight. During my visit there I was more interested in their own songs and paintings and . . . their incredible beauty. However upon coming home and mixing this whole event together, the song and our collaboration has gained power for me and strikes me now as a landmark blow against poverty and ambivalence."
2009 saw the release of his cover of "Step Into the Light" by The Afghan Whigs on the album Summer's Kiss: A Tribute to The Afghan Whigs. He followed this up with tour dates in Europe with The Lonely Astronauts as well as more solo performances and a reissue of his 2006 CD Nuclear Daydream, featuring six bonus tracks.
At present he is focusing on his collaboration with Ben Harper and Dhani Harrison, 'Fistful of Mercy' in addition to the release of a solo album due out in 2011. With Fistful of Mercy's debut album 'Come to Where I'm From' due out on October 5th and a November tour in support of the nine-song record, Joseph shows no signs of slowing down. One thing that remains the same is the fact that Joseph Arthur is constantly creating new material. It seems impossible even for rock journalists and critics to explain why he is not a major player in the music industry. Critic David Smyth believes it might be because "Arthur is too dedicated to following his wayward muse to worry about matching the commercial appeal of his famous (industry) fans".

This biography was provided by the artist or their representative.

Joseph Arthur (Akron, OH, 1971) had already been writing songs and playing music as a child. At the tender age of 16 he was the bass player for Frankie Starr and the Chill Factor which broke up in 1990, but fate was kind to Arthur a few years later when while working in a guitar shop in Georgia he was discovered by none other than Peter Gabriel.
Gabriel was impressed enough with Arthur's first EP 'Cut and Blind' to make Arthur the first American musician signed to Real World Records, Gabriel's record label. As 1997 approached, Arthur went into the Real World studio to record his first full-length album, 'Big City Secrets'. His music was classic American singer-songwriter material. They were dirt road ruminations reminiscent of such artists as Neil Young, Bob Dylan, Tom Petty and even The Rolling Stones.
What would eventually make his tracks unique, however, was his unusual singing style and eclectic electronic production elements derivative of Beck, Bowie and The Cure. The record was released worldwide in 1997 and was supported by a tour with Peter Gabriel. The millennium’s end would witness the release of 'Vacancy', earning Joseph a Grammy nomination for the album artwork in 2000.
That same year Arthur also released 'Come to Where I'm From' and opened for such notable performers as Ben Harper and Gomez. In 2002 Arthur cut four "tour-only" EPs dubbed 'Junkyard Hearts' in addition to the well-received full-length album 'Redemption's Son'. Joseph then released an additional record christened 'Holding the Void', featuring bass guitarist Pat Sansone and drummer Rene Lopez who both also assisted with the vocals.
Following a 2003 tour in support of Tracy Chapman, Joseph delved into studio to work to record 2004's 'Our Shadows Will Remain', also managing to eke out yet another EP, 'And the Thieves Are Gone' and support R.E.M. on tour in that same year. European and American touring continued throughout 2005.
Arthur started his own record label, Lonely Astronaut Records, published an art-book entitled We Almost Made it, accompanied by the instrumental CD 'The Invisible Parade, and recorded his fifth full-length studio release 'Nuclear Daydream' in 2006.
2007, saw a UK release of a remix of Arthur's 2002 hit "Honey and the Moon" in addition to the release of Arthur's sixth studio recording, 'Let's Just Be' - the first album recorded with his band The Lonely Astronauts. Arthur followed the release of the disc with one of his largest US tours and announced in 2008, that he planned on releasing four EPs throughout the course of the year: 'Could We Survive', 'Crazy Rain', 'Vagabond Skies' and 'Foreign Girls'. Arthur then began to play solo shows, touring in support of his 2008 full-length release, 'Temporary People' in addition to the four EP's material.
Over time Joseph's one-man show has become a source of much excitement. "Armed with an array of guitars and a stockpile of effects pedals and looping tools, "Joseph Arthur solo and barely acoustic" is inspired. Painting while he sings has also become a staple of Joseph's impressive solo performances, with the art available for sale after concerts, in online auctions, and to help raise money for various humanitarian relief efforts, such as Haiti Relief Funds.
Joseph’s philanthropy extends to music as well; an EP including 6 versions of his song "In the Sun" (one cover by Michael Stipe of R.E.M. and Coldplay singer Chris Martin, one remixed by Justin Timberlake and one of which includes Arthur himself singing alongside Stipe) was released in 2006 for a Hurricane Katrina Relief program as part of an iTunes exclusive. In August of 2006, Joseph lent his musical talent to another worthy cause when he was invited to help launch 'A River Blue', an art festival serving to empower the creative endeavors of children living in Alebtong, Aloi and Amoro IDP (internally-displaced persons) camps in northern Uganda. Throughout his visit to the Alebtong camp in 2006, Joseph and the children recorded several versions of his song 'A River Blue', the musical work from which the project takes its name. He told interviewers: "'A River Blue' is a song I recorded with over one hundred orphans of the LRA nightmare in Northern Uganda. I wrote the song before I went to Uganda. . . I felt a little embarrassed about singing this with them as I could never understand the depth of their plight. During my visit there I was more interested in their own songs and paintings and . . . their incredible beauty. However upon coming home and mixing this whole event together, the song and our collaboration has gained power for me and strikes me now as a landmark blow against poverty and ambivalence."
2009 saw the release of his cover of "Step Into the Light" by The Afghan Whigs on the album Summer's Kiss: A Tribute to The Afghan Whigs. He followed this up with tour dates in Europe with The Lonely Astronauts as well as more solo performances and a reissue of his 2006 CD Nuclear Daydream, featuring six bonus tracks.
At present he is focusing on his collaboration with Ben Harper and Dhani Harrison, 'Fistful of Mercy' in addition to the release of a solo album due out in 2011. With Fistful of Mercy's debut album 'Come to Where I'm From' due out on October 5th and a November tour in support of the nine-song record, Joseph shows no signs of slowing down. One thing that remains the same is the fact that Joseph Arthur is constantly creating new material. It seems impossible even for rock journalists and critics to explain why he is not a major player in the music industry. Critic David Smyth believes it might be because "Arthur is too dedicated to following his wayward muse to worry about matching the commercial appeal of his famous (industry) fans".

This biography was provided by the artist or their representative.

Joseph Arthur (Akron, OH, 1971) had already been writing songs and playing music as a child. At the tender age of 16 he was the bass player for Frankie Starr and the Chill Factor which broke up in 1990, but fate was kind to Arthur a few years later when while working in a guitar shop in Georgia he was discovered by none other than Peter Gabriel.
Gabriel was impressed enough with Arthur's first EP 'Cut and Blind' to make Arthur the first American musician signed to Real World Records, Gabriel's record label. As 1997 approached, Arthur went into the Real World studio to record his first full-length album, 'Big City Secrets'. His music was classic American singer-songwriter material. They were dirt road ruminations reminiscent of such artists as Neil Young, Bob Dylan, Tom Petty and even The Rolling Stones.
What would eventually make his tracks unique, however, was his unusual singing style and eclectic electronic production elements derivative of Beck, Bowie and The Cure. The record was released worldwide in 1997 and was supported by a tour with Peter Gabriel. The millennium’s end would witness the release of 'Vacancy', earning Joseph a Grammy nomination for the album artwork in 2000.
That same year Arthur also released 'Come to Where I'm From' and opened for such notable performers as Ben Harper and Gomez. In 2002 Arthur cut four "tour-only" EPs dubbed 'Junkyard Hearts' in addition to the well-received full-length album 'Redemption's Son'. Joseph then released an additional record christened 'Holding the Void', featuring bass guitarist Pat Sansone and drummer Rene Lopez who both also assisted with the vocals.
Following a 2003 tour in support of Tracy Chapman, Joseph delved into studio to work to record 2004's 'Our Shadows Will Remain', also managing to eke out yet another EP, 'And the Thieves Are Gone' and support R.E.M. on tour in that same year. European and American touring continued throughout 2005.
Arthur started his own record label, Lonely Astronaut Records, published an art-book entitled We Almost Made it, accompanied by the instrumental CD 'The Invisible Parade, and recorded his fifth full-length studio release 'Nuclear Daydream' in 2006.
2007, saw a UK release of a remix of Arthur's 2002 hit "Honey and the Moon" in addition to the release of Arthur's sixth studio recording, 'Let's Just Be' - the first album recorded with his band The Lonely Astronauts. Arthur followed the release of the disc with one of his largest US tours and announced in 2008, that he planned on releasing four EPs throughout the course of the year: 'Could We Survive', 'Crazy Rain', 'Vagabond Skies' and 'Foreign Girls'. Arthur then began to play solo shows, touring in support of his 2008 full-length release, 'Temporary People' in addition to the four EP's material.
Over time Joseph's one-man show has become a source of much excitement. "Armed with an array of guitars and a stockpile of effects pedals and looping tools, "Joseph Arthur solo and barely acoustic" is inspired. Painting while he sings has also become a staple of Joseph's impressive solo performances, with the art available for sale after concerts, in online auctions, and to help raise money for various humanitarian relief efforts, such as Haiti Relief Funds.
Joseph’s philanthropy extends to music as well; an EP including 6 versions of his song "In the Sun" (one cover by Michael Stipe of R.E.M. and Coldplay singer Chris Martin, one remixed by Justin Timberlake and one of which includes Arthur himself singing alongside Stipe) was released in 2006 for a Hurricane Katrina Relief program as part of an iTunes exclusive. In August of 2006, Joseph lent his musical talent to another worthy cause when he was invited to help launch 'A River Blue', an art festival serving to empower the creative endeavors of children living in Alebtong, Aloi and Amoro IDP (internally-displaced persons) camps in northern Uganda. Throughout his visit to the Alebtong camp in 2006, Joseph and the children recorded several versions of his song 'A River Blue', the musical work from which the project takes its name. He told interviewers: "'A River Blue' is a song I recorded with over one hundred orphans of the LRA nightmare in Northern Uganda. I wrote the song before I went to Uganda. . . I felt a little embarrassed about singing this with them as I could never understand the depth of their plight. During my visit there I was more interested in their own songs and paintings and . . . their incredible beauty. However upon coming home and mixing this whole event together, the song and our collaboration has gained power for me and strikes me now as a landmark blow against poverty and ambivalence."
2009 saw the release of his cover of "Step Into the Light" by The Afghan Whigs on the album Summer's Kiss: A Tribute to The Afghan Whigs. He followed this up with tour dates in Europe with The Lonely Astronauts as well as more solo performances and a reissue of his 2006 CD Nuclear Daydream, featuring six bonus tracks.
At present he is focusing on his collaboration with Ben Harper and Dhani Harrison, 'Fistful of Mercy' in addition to the release of a solo album due out in 2011. With Fistful of Mercy's debut album 'Come to Where I'm From' due out on October 5th and a November tour in support of the nine-song record, Joseph shows no signs of slowing down. One thing that remains the same is the fact that Joseph Arthur is constantly creating new material. It seems impossible even for rock journalists and critics to explain why he is not a major player in the music industry. Critic David Smyth believes it might be because "Arthur is too dedicated to following his wayward muse to worry about matching the commercial appeal of his famous (industry) fans".

This biography was provided by the artist or their representative.