Josh Taerk (pronounced Terk) was born in Toronto, Canada. His new song “Beautiful Tragedy” broke the Billboard Top 40 Pop Charts at #38 on the BDS/Billboard Top 40 Pop Indicator Chart March 18th. Josh’s song also spent 3 weeks in a row in the Top 40 on the Mediabase Top 40 Pop Activator Chart, and he was recently invited to become a Recording Academy / Grammy Member.
Max Weinberg (Rock & Roll Hall of Famer, Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band) calls Josh, “the most exciting new talent I have come across in years.” Josh and Max have been working together since 2010 when Max asked Josh to open for Max and his band in South Orange New Jersey. Then in 2011, Josh joined Max at Summerfest in Milwaukee to pay tribute to the late Clarence Clemons of The E Street Band. This past October 2017, Max once again asked Josh to join him onstage and sing “Thunder Road” at The Horseshoe Tavern in Toronto, Canada.
Josh’s new album Beautiful Tragedy, released September 28th 2018, has already been streamed over 130,000 times on Spotify and the title track is being played on over 100 radio stations across the UK. Fireworks Magazine just announced that Josh Taerk, “Continues to make waves on a global scale,” and “continues to beat the standard,” with his music.
After returning from his U.K. tour in January of 2018, Josh released the first single off of his EP Stages, “Learning To Let Go,” to national and regional radio in the U.K. The single was placed in rotation on 68 stations across the country.
His live shows are second to none and continue to wow fans 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.”
Stages was released in The US on October 20th 2017 and received airplay on 80 Triple A Radio stations across North America. The second single off the EP, “Anywhere Love Took Us,” has over 110,000 streams on Spotify and received rave reviews and amazing support from US outlets such as No Depression, Paste Magazine and AXS.
In 2017 & 2016 Josh toured North America opening for / playing with Max Weinberg, Kevin Costner & Modern West, Jon McLaughlin, and The Weeks amongst others.
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 previous album, Here’s To Change, was chosen as one of the top 25 albums of the year. In 2015, the title track off of Here’s To Change was play-listed on over 40 radio stations throughout The U.K.
Josh has been key support on 3 tours (2012-2013), and headlined 2 university tours (2013 & 2015) throughout The U.K. He also made it to the semi-finals of Indie Week Canada’s 2014 Band Competition and was then invited to play 5 shows at Indie Week Europe 2015 in Manchester. In April 2011, Josh played 2 shows at the Aspen Songwriters Festival hosted by John Oates (Rock & Roll Hall of Famer). Oates recorded background vocals on 2 songs off of Josh’s Here’s To Change album and said of Josh and his song writing, “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.”