He described his musical style as the child in love with Ariana Grande, Bruno Mars and Justin Timberlake. Now, Joshua Sade James opts for “a gay Macklemore who can sing”.
The evolution can be heard on the Kitchener native’s upcoming EP, titled JSJ.
All Fall Down, James’ latest single from JSJ, was written during his late college years, reflecting a romantic but toxic relationship he was in at the time. The song was written after he and her boyfriend broke up for the second time.
“We would tell each other the truth, but we would tell it in a way that made the other feel bad. It has become this push-and-pull relationship of dishonesty and mistrust. By the time we finally revealed the truth to each other, there were so many lies surrounding it that we both fell apart.
“We all fell into this relationship,” James said.
Written in 12/8, the song was meant to be “a carnival merry-go-round about a sad and scary drunken clown who goes to his old place of work and wishes he was still employed because it was the best job he had. he never did. had.”
All Fall Down is the only song written in the past and the only original recording from the new EP. Although it was not planned to be released as a single, James received a grant from the Regional Arts Fund, which helped expand the project.
“I was fortunate enough to receive five thousand dollars from them for doing it. I used some of that money to buy a new laptop, which gave me access to a garage band, ”James said, noting that he spent his time reworking newer songs.
James says the other songs in the collection are “more funky”. The second track, for example, has a funk-pop style “that will make you want to dance… or cry – those are usually my favorite emotions”.
James has always had a fascination and love for music. The son of Canadian country artist Jamie Warren, James spent a lot of time on the road as a child. The first song he ever wrote was when he was nine years old to impress his father, a song called My Heart Ran Away to Timbuktu.
“My dad was always trying to teach us guitar, take piano lessons, and find ways to integrate music into our lives. Now 20 years later my sister and I have an EP [out] – he did his job well.
Around the age of 14, James started singing in public and was bullied for singing Keith Urban songs and being able to hit the high notes. He started singing in cafes and then joined KW Glee which “got me out of my shell and kind of got me on the path that I want to do music or theater or both. “. Subsequently he joined Kitchener-Waterloo Musical Productions (KWMP), followed by more Glee and then an audition for Sheridan College’s musical theater program, recognized in the theater world and recognized as the one of the best in Canada. After auditioning twice, he managed to enter and earn a degree in musical theater. Since graduation he has participated in theatrical productions and given concerts.
Live performances are on hold at the moment, of course. Like others, James faces lockdown, noting that the situation can be accompanied by loneliness, anxiety and depression – conditions some people may experience for the first time.
“Almost every morning I try to wake up, I will say [this] on my Instagram and Facebook story: “I want everyone to know that you are worthy, that you are loved and that you are perfectly you,” he said, noting that it is also a message that he is sent.
Such problems can be particularly prevalent in the LGBTQIA + community, especially in rural areas.
“Start Google searching for the LGBTQ community and learn more about who you are and where this community comes from, and the struggles we’ve had to endure,” suggests James. “It’s a little wild that can still feel ostracized in our rural community, but if we google things like Stone Wall there were huge riots and raids – people had to fight to be in private spaces with other queer people. “
James is open to people looking for support and communication on Rainbow Community issues to send him a message. What helped James was “trying to find people like you in your community so that you don’t feel stigmatized”.
He also recommends indulging in new hobbies and trying creative things that will occupy your brain. For James, he started collecting wild flowers, making canvases from dried flowers, and started baking and dyeing his hair.
“It’s not forever, it’s very serious, and the virus can still mutate, but it’s not forever.”
To find James’ music, you can visit streaming services such as Apple Music, Youtube, and Spotify. He also has his social media accounts on Facebook and Instagram.