Release Date: June 5, 2012
Josh Harmony's 4th album.Download
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What is the inspiration for the title? Is there a theme for the record?
It has to do with the theological problem of evil. The way that I have dealt with it.
The idea of giving our omnipotent creator the benefit of the doubt despite the modus tollens or contradictory supposition of the argument.
It correlates especially with the first song 'Paradox'.
'I wait for the time when I understand the reasons why and the vision that I see is made clear enough for peace. I know You enough to know, to trust you with what I don't. Lord please help me to be patient with what is unseen.'
Favorite track on the record?
Maybe 'Break the Ground'. It's hard to say because they all have special meaning to me.
Describe the recording process.
I brought all of my equipment to a room at my parents house away from the noise of Long Beach and started by recording all of the vocals and foundational guitar parts. Erick visited soon after and added bass to the songs without drums ect... Then we took the tracks to a large church sanctuary in the Palisades to record the drums and bass. After that Erick and I recorded all of the overdubs in my garage. I loved the process. It felt very organic.
How have you grown as an artist from the 1st ep to this one?
The experience of writing, the recording process and playing shows continues to shape me.
What do you want people to take away from the record?
Release Date: March 21, 2011
Josh Harmony's 3rd album.Purchase on ITunes
Release Date: June 11, 2010
Josh Harmony's 2nd album.Purchase on ITunes
Release Date: August 25, 2009
Josh Harmony's 1st album.Purchase on ITunes
Release Date: January 1, 2005
Home recordings, put out by Toy Machine Skateboards.Purchase on ITunes
For years, professional skateboarder, Josh Harmony, has made a name for himself being showcased in some of the industry's biggest skateboarding videos and magazines including multiple Thrasher magazine covers. Applying difficult tricks to larger handrails and pushing the envelope, he quickly became a member of elite skateboarding companies Toy Machine Skateboards, Fallen Footwear, and RVCA Clothing.
Growing up in both southern California and the Chicago land area, he developed his twin passions of skateboarding and music (banjo and guitar), although at the time, music took a backseat to perfecting the art of the skateboarding. At 17, Harmony petitioned Toy Machine Skateboards, founded by world-renowned modern artist, Ed Templeton, and was invited to become a member of the team, touring the world and immersing himself in the skate culture and dabbling in a lifestyle of drugs. Within a couple years, Josh underwent a dramatic spiritual awakening in midst of a bad drug trip and re-dedicated his life to Christ.
As his skate career progressed, the desire to create music did as well. He felt led to record some original songs gathering inspiration from his musical heroes like the The Beatles, Elliott Smith, and bluesman, The Rev. Gary Davis. In 2009, he self-released the acoustic-tinged, banjo-laced, worshipful EP, "There's a Rhythm," followed by "Taller Than Trees" in 2010, and the bluesy/rock n roll, throwback EP, "Lamps," in 2011 which features covers of artists like Johnny Cash and Daniel Johnston. Thematically, Harmony's simple and poetic lyrics speak of longing for heaven, physical healing (having gone through several hip and knee surgeries due to skate-related injuries), and a desire for a deeper understanding of God's plan for his life.
Following a successful Kickstarter campaign in March '12, Harmony entered the studio and produced his first full-length album, the reflective, "Benefit of the Doubt." The album encompasses all of the elements that make up his life - from themes of walking through dark times but trusting in the Creator (Lord Help Me, Paradox), the pitfalls of fame (All Their Eyes), to an instrumental guitar ode to one of his musical heroes, Nick Drake (For Nick Drake). From an iTunes review: "Benefit of the Doubt" opens with 'Paradox,' where Harmony fingerpicks a six-string acoustic with some L.A. Turnaround-era Bert Jansch dexterity. He croons over these nimble arpeggios in a smooth tenor before the song blossoms into psychedelic folk-rock that has more in common with Beachwood Sparks." Two cover tunes also grace the album: the George Beverly Shea gospel classic, "I'd Rather Have Jesus" and the perfect banjo romp, "I'll Fly Away." All four projects were produced by the team of SoCal worship leader Travis Taylor and Nashville transplant Erick Cole (Kevin Max, Brenton Brown).
In 2011, he opened up for indie artist, Josh Garrels performing in everything from art galleries to megachurches, and is currently breaking into the LA market performing at notable venues such as Hotel Cafe and creating non-conventional events at places like the RVCA retail store. The 29 year old currently resides in Long Beach, CA with his wife, Jenna, and their two young sons, Harrison and Henry, and continues to ride for Toy Machine.
“Josh Harmony's music is awesome, it's a blessing not only to my ears, but my kids as well, we love it!"
“Josh Harmony's music has an unselfconscious authenticity that makes the listener feel as though in the presence of an old friend."
“Josh Harmony's music will bless you! It is a must have!!!"
Pastor Danny Sanchez
Calvary Chapel San Jose