I’m not even sure what I can possibly say about Josh Garrels, other than the fact that he brings some of the most authentic and unique music to the Christian indie scene. He writes songs that would be considered overtly Christian, but most likely so Christian that you would never hear them on any contemporary Christian station or like avenues.
The music is a mixture of classic beats with a modern folk twist. I saw him for the first time when I was at a conference in California, and I honestly think people didn’t know what to do with him. He was using some old school beats, like from the 40’s and 50’s, mixed with his masterful guitar playing and amazing voice. I left that night at that coffeehouse greatly encouraged, and very surprised that someone this good has been under the radar for so long.
The sad things is that Josh Garrels most likely will never rise to Christian stardom, but he is more talented than most Christian rock stars. He sounds like Jack Johnson meeting classic Simon and Garfunkel, but even better! He has a few albums, at this point, and just released his latest full-length titled Jacaranda.
Josh is an Indianapolis/Muncie Indiana native and now currently resides in North Carolina. I am not sure what else to really say about him, other than the fact that he is one gifted individual, and he uses his talent not for his glory, but to be an authentic and real voice in a Christian world that thrives on the exterior. He brings deep insight and challenges the listener with his call to be real.
Check out his website. I’m pretty sure there are a few downloads on there, but here are some songs that he wanted me to pass along:
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