"He shows he can perform just as well live as on record"
- Jason Ritchie , Get Ready To ROCK!
"Taerk’s passion pours into his lyrics, they’re heartfelt and complex"
- Lisa Hafey , Essentially Pop
"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 , Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band
"When we last spoke with Pop-Culturalist fave Josh Taerk, he had just released Beautiful Tragedy. It was one of the best albums of the year"
- Kevin Jan , Pop-Culturalist
"Stadium rock for the young and hip"
- Dave Franklin , Dancing About Architecture
My name is Josh Taerk (pronounced Terk) and my life has always been surrounded by music. When I was a kid my favorite time of the day was when my dad would get home from work, turn on the stereo and play his favorite songs. I thought my dad was the coolest because, not only did he know all this awesome music, he could play drums along with it. Deep down, I wanted to be as cool as him when I grew up. We would spend all of our family time dancing and singing along to Springsteen, The Eagles, David Bowie, etc, and when I hear music to this day, it’s like getting a warm hug from my parents.
The first time I picked up a guitar, it was like I had found a part of me that I didn’t know was missing. I don’t think I ever put my guitar down willingly, and I spent hours learning chords, songs, and eventually started singing along with what I was playing. I went from covering my favorite songs to eventually writing my own and landed my first production deal with Terry Brown (Producer for Rush and Cutting Crew, among others) as well as my first tour. I was too young at the time to go downtown by myself, let alone the other side of the world, so my dad came with me on my first tour of The U.K. I remember getting off stage one night and someone coming up to me, and telling me that they had given up on their dreams of becoming a singer until they heard my song “Start Again.” After we talked for a bit, they enrolled in a vocal performance course at their local music college, and I felt like I had found my calling.
Fast forward to today, I’m an official Recording Academy / Grammy Member and my latest single, “Beautiful Tragedy”, broke into the Billboard Top 40 Pop Charts! It reached #38 on the BDS/Billboard Top 40 Pop Indicator Chart, and spent 3 consecutive weeks in the Top 40 on the Mediabase Top 40 Pop Activator Chart!
I got to introduce my dad to his childhood hero, Max Weinberg (Rock & Roll Hall of Famer, Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band). I met Max in 2010 in Toronto, and he invited me to open for him and his band in South Orange, New Jersey. Then in 2011, I joined Max onstage at Summerfest in Milwaukee to pay tribute to the late Clarence Clemons of The E Street Band. In October 2017, Max was traveling through my hometown and asked me, once again, to join him on stage and sing “Thunder Road” at The Horseshoe Tavern. Max even went on record and said that I was, “the most exciting new talent I have come across in years.” I’m so grateful to have him as a friend and mentor.
Another amazing friend and mentor of mine, John Oates (Hall and Oates, Rock & Roll Hall of Famer) recorded background vocals on 2 songs off of my Here’s To Change album and was the reason I went down to Nashville for the first time. John has been so supportive ever since we met at his Aspen Songwriters Festival in 2011. I love John like family. “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” – John Oates.
My latest album Beautiful Tragedy was released on September 28th, 2018, and has been streamed over 150,000 times on Spotify. The title track was added onto over 100 radio stations across the U.K. as well. Fireworks Magazine wrote that: “[Josh Taerk] continues to make waves on a global scale”, and “continues to beat the standard”.
After returning from my U.K. tour in January of 2018, I released the first single off of my Stages EP, “Learning To Let Go”, to national and regional radio in the U.K. The single was added onto 68 stations across the country.
My live shows have become my trademark drawing fans in from all over the world. Lyrically Speaking Magazine wrote, “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 on stage”, and the Bournemouth Daily Echo gave me one of the biggest honors by calling me a “rising star hailed as the new boss”.
My EP, Stages, was released in the U.S. 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 been streamed over 110,000 on Spotify and received rave reviews from U.S. outlets such as No Depression, Paste Magazine and AXS.
In 2017 & 2016 I toured North America opening for Kevin Costner & Modern West, Jon McLaughlin, and The Weeks among others.
I was honored by acclaimed writer Jason Ritchie when he named me one of the “Top 5 Live Acts” of 2015, and my 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 added onto over 40 radio stations throughout the U.K. I’ve also been key support on 3 tours (2012-2013) and headlined 2 university tours (2013 & 2015) throughout the U.K.