About Josh HArmony
A professional skateboarder since the age of 17, Harmony's career has taken him all across the globe several times and led him to be showcased in some of the industry's biggest skateboarding videos and magazines including multiple Thrasher magazine covers. Applying difficult tricks to larger handrail sand pushing the envelope, he quickly became a member of elite skateboarding companies Toy Machine Skateboards, Fallen Footwear, and RVCA Clothing.
Growing up in Southern California and the Chicago land area, Josh developed his twin passions of skateboarding and music (banjo and guitar), although, at the time, music took a backseat to perfecting the art of skateboarding. At 17, he 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 lifestyle of drugs. Within a couple of years, Josh underwent a dramatic spiritual awakening in midst of a bad drug trip and re-dedicated his life to Christ.
After sustaining a career-threatening injury in 2009, Harmony was forced off his board and onto his back while trying to suss out his medical options to repair a deteriorating hip and bearing constant pain throughout. "Doctors told me I'd be in a wheelchair and never be able to walk as my hip bones continued to grind against one another." He had an initial surgery that made the pain worse and took comfort in songwriting to deal with the physical pain and felt led to record some original songs gathering inspiration from his musical heroes like The Beatles, Elliott Smith, and bluesman, The Rev. Gary Davis. In 2009, he self-released the worshipful, "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 artist like Johnny Cash and Daniel Johnston. In late 2011, he underwent a second procedure called hip resurfacing that slowly eased the pain to the point where he could skate again. "I am so thankful to be able to do what I love again and for my new found passion in songwriting." Following a successful Kickstarter campaign last year (2012), he released his first full-length album, "Benefit of the Doubt" which was offered up free to the public and downloaded over 10,000 times.
He has toured with indie artist Josh Garrels, performed at multiple festivals in Southern California, and in every kind of venue from art galleries to megachurches to notable venues such as the Los Angeles staple, Hotel Café.