"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, Ed Sheeran and The Wildflowers.
Josh’s new single “Learning To Let Go,” and his latest EP Stages have already been playlisted on Triple A Radio in The U.S. His cover of Rita Ora’s “Your Song” also landed Josh on a Spotify playlist of 20,000+ monthly listeners.
Josh’s summer single “Rock n Roll On” landed him a spot on Noisetrade’s New and Notable list, and was one of their top downloads throughout Josh’s campaign with the company. Rock n Roll On has also received rave reviews from many blogs and online magazines including Paste Magazine & No Depression Blog.
"He shows he can perform just as well live as on record" – Get Ready To ROCK!
In 2016 Josh toured the U.S. where his latest single “Anywhere Love Took Us” was play-listed on Hot AC Commercial Radio in The U.S. and his Christmas single was play-listed on Retail Radio debuting at #10 on the Indie Top 50 charts. On tour, Josh and his band have opened for famed blues guitarist Robin Trower (Procol Harum), Kevin Costner & Modern West, Jon McLaughlin, Austin Jones amongst others; and have played shows in Nashville TN, Indianapolis, IN, Columbus, Akron and Cleveland OH, Jackson MS, Birmingham AL, El Dorado AR, Paducah and Louisville KY, Atlanta and Macon GA, Huntsville AL, Franklin TN, Midland TX, Salt Lake City UT, and Denver CO. They even headlined a show in Taerk’s hometown of Toronto.
"Stadium rock for the young and hip" - Dancing About Architecture
With the high energy of his live show, Josh was named one of the “Top 5 Live Acts” of 2015 by acclaimed music writer Jason Richie; and his latest album “Here’s To Change” was chosen as one of the top 25 albums of the year. In May of 2015, the title track off HTC 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)
In October of 2010, Josh met one of his idols, Max Weinberg (Rock & Roll Hall of Famer & Drummer for Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band), in Toronto and Max gave Josh the opportunity to open for him in South Orange, New Jersey. Max calls Josh, "the most exciting new talent I have come across in years" and asked Josh to join him onstage at Summerfest 2011 to pay tribute to the late Clarence Clemons of The E Street Band.
In April of 2011, Josh was chosen to play the Aspen Songwriters Festival hosted by John Oates (Rock & Roll Hall of Famer, Hall & Oates). Josh met John and the two have been good friends ever since. Oates recorded background vocals on 2 songs off Josh’s ‘Here’s To Change’ album and also introduced Josh to producer Teddy Morgan (Guitar player & songwriter for Kevin Costner & Modern West). Oates says of Josh, “I've enjoyed getting to know Josh & his music over the last few years…I think ‘Here’s To Change’ is his best work to date.”
"Makes anybody want to drive their car with their windows rolled down." - Paste Magazine
Josh has done 3 tours as key support throughout The UK (2012-2013), & 2 healdining UK university tours (2013 & 2015). He was chosen to play Indie Week Canada’s 2014 Band Competition and made it to the semi-final round, Indie Week Europe 2015 where he and his band played 5 shows, and Canada's Walk of Fame Festival at Nathan Phillips Square in 2011.
“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