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    Artist on the Rise: Joshua Radin

    Joshua Radin, a former painter and screen writer who now uses his guitar and voice as his artistic outlets, is one of the easiest musicians to get addicted to.

    Radin started playing the guitar in 2003 and started writing music in 2004. That same year a friend gave one of his first songs ‘Winter’ to television actor Zach Braff, who used it on the hit television series ‘Scrubs’. His has also contributed to shows such as ‘Grey’s Anatomy’, ‘American Idol’, ‘Without a Trace’ and ‘One Tree Hill’. His musical talents have also gone noticed by televison talk show host, Ellen DeGeneres. He even played at her wedding.

    He is currently on a five month world tour, performing his beautiful music for audiences in Ireland, the UK, Germany, France, Australia, and many more countries. He’s also around the New York area this week, playing at Webster Hall on Thursday, Nov. 19.

    Radin’s music grabs listeners and pulls them ‘ under until they are fully immersed in his calming and passionate tunes. He’s the type of artist that believes lyrics are just as important as a good melody, which makes for an amazing record.

    Statesman: Where are you going to play that you’re most looking forward to?

    Joshua Radin: I get to go to Italy for the first time ever in December, so I’m really excited to see Rome.

    SM: How is your fan base?

    JR: I see a lot of college students, but I’ve also seen a lot of senior citizens to little kids and people bringing their families, boyfriends, girlfriends’hellip; all sorts of people.

    SM: Do you have a favorite song that you’ve written?

    JR: ‘You’ve Got Growin’ Up to Do’ is my favorite. They are all personal songs and they all came from events in my life, but that one came out of a break up. I felt like I was going to be with that person for the rest of my life, but it was the wrong time. It’s a painful thing you have to go through when you break up with someone that you really,really love.

    SM: Who are some of your influences?

    JR: My music is influenced by so many things other than music. It can be influenced by conversations that I have with friends or family, the newspaper, a book I’m reading or a painting I see. In terms of other musicians, my favorite song writer of all time is Bob Dylan. I’m a total Beatle-maniac, I love Tom Petty like there’s no tomorrow, Paul Simon and Elliot Smith. I’ve been listening to a lot of Sam Cooke lately too.

    To hear Joshua’s music check out his music at www.joshuaradin.com or at www.myspace.com/joshuaradin.

    Upcoming shows:

    Thursday, Nov. 19 Webster Hall New York, NY.

    Friday, Nov. 20 Trocadero Pennsylvania, PA.

    Saturday, Nov. 21 Wellmont Theater Montclair, NJ.

    Sunday, Nov. 22 House of Blues Boston, MA.’

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