London, UK 22nd September 2012
Press contacts: rstein@upgrade-
iTunes link to EP: http://itunes.apple.com/
Catalogue # SW001
Press Kit: https://www.reverbnation.com/
The story of his Journey on Prezi: http://prezi.com/
Born in Essex and living in Upminster, Joe was first introduced to the nation on the X Factor in 2011 when barely 17 years old and recently reappeared on the show this year.
His debut 4-track E.P. called 'RAW' is now available from all good stores with songs 'Radio', 'World of Dreams', 'Unloved.' and 'Get it Right'.
“I was first introduced to Joe over a year ago and have tracked his progress ever since. Several weeks ago I met him once more and within moments I knew I just had to cut an EP with this prodigious young talent. I have been fortunate to work with the best during my long career and Joe has all the talent and drive to become a truly great singer songwriter. I still have to pinch myself to remind me how young he is and what he's accomplished in just 10 months. I am incredibly excited about the future of this extraordinary young man.” Andy Strange, Studio 28, London 2012
“You're stronger and you're better. You've absolutely convinced me there that we've found somebody brilliant” Louis Walsh, X Factor Judge 2012
Joe is young and brave. He left school before completing his A-Levels to take a chance on making music his career. He asked his 15000 twitter followers if they would one day put hands in their pockets and buy his music; within hours he had hundreds of yes’s so he got down to some hard graft. His adoring and supportive father, a glass conservatory salesman who works hard on the road, backed his decision and Joe went into scaffolding to help pay the bills.
He was told by so many that it couldn’t be done, that he was living in a dreamworld. Only the closest to him showed some belief. He had only picked up a guitar a year earlier but his persistence and love for music gave him drive. He entered the X Factor in 2011 as a 16yr old and made it only to the Judges’ Houses stage. He was invited along to watch the first live show but on the way he crashed his car; depressed and shaken, rather than returning back home he decided to continue on to Fountain Studios. Backstage in the green room he met a plugger for Radio 1 and a TV executive who believed in him and his talent. He was tested by them over the next two months until one agreed to become his manager. Together with the support of his father, they embarked on a hilly journey leading to this day. Joe started to write his own songs and performed at a few gigs around the country. He has collaborated with a few artists but remains his own man and will always be just that. He’s rejected heavily produced versions of his tracks, he’s refused to have his voice auto-tuned, he’s pushed aside countless songs he’s written despite those close to him adoring them. This is Joe’s E.P.! It’s RAW.
Managed by Robert Stein-Rostaing rstein@upgrade-