Redemption by Josh Gracin on Apple Music

17 Songs

EDITORS’ NOTES

Maybe Josh Gracin should’ve put out a record of songs musing on sin before titling his third studio album Redemption, but considering that this offering delivers a generous 17 songs, who cares? The former U.S. Marine and fourth-place finalist from American Idol's second season has come a long way since his 2004 eponymous debut. Free from the confines of his previous label, Gracin wrote or cowrote every song here, save for a breathy cover of John Mayer’s “Edge of Desire.” The harder, country-rocking “Different Kind of Crazy” kicks off Redemption as distorted electric guitars butt heads with front-porch banjo picking, while Gracin rocks out over a meat-and-potatoes rhythm section. The catchier “Cover Girl” similarly struts on twangy Southern rock peppered with Dobro guitars and an old grinding Hammond B3 organ. The bittersweet ballad “Can’t Say Goodbye” proves that Gracin can still yank on those heartstrings just as he did when serenading his child during his American Idol farewell song. Both “Long Way to Go” and its closing remix aim for the charts.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Maybe Josh Gracin should’ve put out a record of songs musing on sin before titling his third studio album Redemption, but considering that this offering delivers a generous 17 songs, who cares? The former U.S. Marine and fourth-place finalist from American Idol's second season has come a long way since his 2004 eponymous debut. Free from the confines of his previous label, Gracin wrote or cowrote every song here, save for a breathy cover of John Mayer’s “Edge of Desire.” The harder, country-rocking “Different Kind of Crazy” kicks off Redemption as distorted electric guitars butt heads with front-porch banjo picking, while Gracin rocks out over a meat-and-potatoes rhythm section. The catchier “Cover Girl” similarly struts on twangy Southern rock peppered with Dobro guitars and an old grinding Hammond B3 organ. The bittersweet ballad “Can’t Say Goodbye” proves that Gracin can still yank on those heartstrings just as he did when serenading his child during his American Idol farewell song. Both “Long Way to Go” and its closing remix aim for the charts.

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About Josh Gracin

Josh Gracin was born October 18, 1980 and grew up in Westland, Michigan. He performed at fairs, music competitions, and other venues as a young man, and did the vocal for a demo version of a song ("She Loves Me," written by Ken Salaets and Tim Barbor) in Nashville in 1996 when he was only 16 years old. His big break came when he appeared on the television show American Idol during its second season. A Lance Corporal in the United States Marines at the time he did the show, Gracin came in fourth, specializing in broad, country-influenced versions of pop songs like "Baby I Need Your Lovin'," "Piano Man," "Jive Talkin'," and "To Love Somebody." He also sang a Rascal Flatts song on the show, "I'm Moving On," a performance that was heard by the band's bass player, Jay Demarcus. Demarcus was impressed by what he heard and put Gracin in touch with Marty Williams, the producer of Rascal Flatts' first two albums. Williams was instrumental in getting the singer signed to Lyric Street Records. A first single, "I Want to Live," was released early in 2004, and he began work on his self-titled debut album produced by Williams, which was then released that June. Gracin contributed a song -- a version of "Three Times a Lady" -- to the American Idol Season 2 soundtrack CD. A debut album, the self-titled Josh Gracin, appeared in 2004, followed by We Weren't Crazy four years later in 2008. In addition to supporting the record by touring cross country for a year, Gracin also lent his vocals to The Disney Songbook's “When I See an Elephant Fly” with Jim Brickman, and to the soundtrack for Herbie: Fully Loaded on the track “Working for the Weekend.” Gracin signed with Colt Ford's label Average Joe's Entertainment, and issued Redemption, his self-written and self-produced debut for the label in the fall of 2011. Gracin signed with Private Label in January 2013 and released the single "Drink It Gone" that summer; it was the only recording he released on the label. Personal troubles plagued Gracin over the next couple of years, but he re-emerged in early 2017 with the Nothin' Like Us, Pt. 1 EP on Revel Road Records. ~ Steve Leggett

  • ORIGIN
    Westland, MI
  • BORN
    Oct 18, 1980

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