When it comes to setting the bar high, Canadian r&b-pop artist Josh Sahunta never lets his feet touch the ground.
The self-taught multi-instrumentalist and singer uniquely positions himself as a songwriter with substance. Josh celebrated the release of his debut album “Dissonance” in late October 2017 with two music video premieres and a sold out show at The Rec Room; a 300+ crowd in his hometown of Edmonton, Alberta.
Drawing upon his influences of John Mayer, Ed Sheeran and The Weeknd, “Dissonance” is a heartfelt debut packed with deeply rich narrative and cool, contemporary soundscapes.
“I wanted this album to be a heart-on-the-sleeve kind of thing where I didn’t hold anything back”, says Josh.
No stranger to the stresses of growing up, Josh sheds layers of life, love, regret and uncertainty in the 7-track release, and brings his loyal listeners along for ride.
“Josh is one artist you’ll come back to again and again”- Canadian Beats.
Since his humble beginnings in 2013 after releasing his first EP “Lights”, young and restless Josh Sahunta is no stranger to the level of intensity required to stand out in the music industry.
Determined to consistently perform at a high-caliber, Josh somehow balanced playing shows and recording his album, while simultaneously working two jobs and studying clinical psychology full-time at the University of Alberta.
“It’s organized chaos”, he laughs, “but it’s completely worth it when I see people at a show singing my lyrics.”
Attracting a combined social media following of 6000 strong and progressing far in competitions like CBC Searchlight and Edmonton’s Hot Factor might sway skeptics to believe it’s all ego. However, Josh’s career wins have only encouraged him to give back tenfold. Having already travelled to Uganda to teach music, he continues volunteering his talents for the betterment of the less fortunate.
“Josh Sahunta is one of those creative prodigies who excels at absolutely everything he touches.” – BK On The Scene
After receiving grants from SOCAN and FACTOR, Josh Sahunta is gearing up for not only his February 2018 showcase at the Folk Alliance International Conference in Kansas City, but also his first Western Canadian tour. Dates to be announced in early 2018.
Photography: Jake Pantinople & Shelby Deep