"Josh Taerk is the most exciting new talent I have come across in years. He blew me away with his presentation and song writing abilities. I've known, and played with, a few singer/songwriters in my time, and I can tell you-Josh Taerk has what it takes" – Max Weinberg (Drummer with Bruce Springsteen & The E-Street Band)
Josh Taerk (pronounced Turk) was born in Toronto, Canada and has been compared to the likes of Bruce Springsteen, Shawn Mendes and Tom Petty. Max Weinberg (Drummer for Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band) calls Josh, “The most exciting new talent I have come across in years.”
Josh released his new EP Stages in The U.S. on October 20th 2017 and the entire EP has been play-listed on Triple A Radio stations across North America. After returning from his most recent UK tour in January of 2018, Josh released the lead single off of Stages “Learning To Let Go” to national and regional UK radio which one writer described as, “on another level.”
"Stadium rock for the young and hip" - Dancing About Architecture
His most recent live shows awed crowds and industry representatives alike. Lyrically Speaking Magazine raves, “the audience could feel the passion and enthusiasm Josh puts into his music...you can instantly tell that he has a large and confident presence onstage,” and the Bournemouth Daily Echo described Josh as a “rising star hailed as the new boss.”
Josh’s cover of Rita Ora’s “Your Song,” released August 2017, landed him on a Spotify playlist of 20,000+ monthly listeners. Josh’s previous single “Rock n Roll On” landed him a spot on Noisetrade’s New and Notable list and was one of Noisetrade’s top downloads throughout the campaign.
"He shows he can perform just as well live as on record" – Get Ready To ROCK!
In 2017 & 2016 Josh toured North America opening for / playing onstage with Max Weinberg, famed blues guitarist Robin Trower (Procol Harum), Kevin Costner & Modern West, Jon McLaughlin and Austin Jones amongst others. Josh played all over North America including shows in New York City, Chicago IL, Nashville TN, Muscle Shoals AL, Cleveland, Columbus and Akron OH, Midland TX, Salt Lake City UT, Denver, Aspen and Vail CO, Indianapolis IN, as well as Toronto Ontario just to name a few.
With the high energy of his live shows, Josh was named one of the “Top 5 Live Acts” of 2015 by acclaimed music writer Jason Richie and Josh’s last full length release, “Here’s To Change,” was chosen as one of the top 25 albums of the year. In May of 2015, the title track off Here’s To Change was play-listed on over 40 radio stations throughout The UK.
"I've enjoyed getting to know Josh Taerk and his music over the last few years and knew that Nashville would be the place where he could make this album really come alive. I think it is Josh's best work to date" - John Oates (Hall & Oates)
Josh has played 3 key support tours (2012-2013) and 2 headlining university tours (2013 & 2015) throughout The UK. He was also chosen to play Indie Week Canada’s 2014 Band Competition and made it to the semi-finals. He was then invited to Indie Week Europe 2015 where he and his band played 5 shows in Manchester.
In April 2011, Josh was chosen to play 2 shows at the Aspen Songwriters Festival hosted by John Oates (Rock & Roll Hall of Famer, Hall & Oates). Josh met John at the festival, Oates recorded background vocals on 2 songs on Here’s To Change and introduced Josh to producer Teddy Morgan (Guitar player & songwriter for Kevin Costner & Modern West).
"Makes anybody want to drive their car with their windows rolled down." - Paste Magazine
In October of 2010, Josh met Max Weinberg (Rock & Roll Hall of Famer, Drummer for Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band) in Toronto. Max asked Josh to open for him in South Orange, New Jersey, invited Josh to join him onstage at Summerfest 2011 to pay tribute to the late Clarence Clemons of The E Street Band, and in 2017 invited Josh to join him onstage, in Josh’s hometown, to sing “Thunder Road” at The Horseshoe Tavern.
“Throughout the EP it’s apparent that Josh Taerk knows his way around a song and exhibits a real knack with a hook." - Red Guitar Magazine