Acoustic Tour Rehearsal day 1: done! So excited about this tour!
Lead Guitar and Vocals
I'm Josh and I am the (new) lead guitarist for Casting Crowns. I was proudly born in San Antonio Texas, I lived in Seattle for 5-6 years, but life for me happened just outside of Atlanta where I've lived and grown up for 13 years and I'm only 23 so that's a little over half my life. I just recently got engaged to the most beautiful girl on the planet (don't argue with me) and her name is Andrea and we plan on getting married at the beginning of next year! For the past 4 years I've been attending and involving myself at Eagles Landing First Baptist with the music and youth ministries there. I play guitar in our Sunday morning worship band and work alongside Juan with our student praise bands in instructing, guiding, and even leading with them on Wednesday nights at Thrive. Like the other guys in the band, my passions are music and youth ministry and I'm incredibly blessed to be a part of a group that sets that as a priority. I grew in my youth group years ago and it was a great and crucial time for me, and coincidentally a lot of it happened through student praise band, hence my passion now. I've always wanted to play guitar for a living and still today can't believe I get to actually do it, and do it to the Glory of God who gave me that gift.
What was the first Christian album that you bought or where given?
The first I can recall was a Steven Curtis album (the one with Dive on it) but the first one I really loved and listened to constantly was Audio Adrenaline's LIFT album, they have always be a favorite of mine.
What was the most influential person in your life during your High School years?
My youth pastor Jack for sure. My friends definitely shaped me as all friends do, but Jack saw value in me and taught me and hung out with me. In fact he's the one who taught me guitar and now equips me with awesome pedals (JHV3 guitarists wink wink) and fixes all of my stuff for me.
How hard is it to manage your life on the road vs. your life at home?
As of now not too difficult, but I'm starting to feel a little friction as I approach getting married so I'll have to answer this again when I'm a little more "seasoned" in the balancing act.
What is the funniest thing that has happened you while on the road with Casting Crowns?
Too many to say. If we're talking embarrassing for me, there was a moment that my delay pedal went wacko on me and repeated a loud, distorted riff that I played during a quiet worshipful moment at the end of Praise You In This Storm when it was not supposed to. And any time we play Monopoly Deal can get pretty hilarious.
Who is your favorite super hero? Who is your current favorite musical artist/group? Why?
Favorite super hero is Spider-Man for sure, just because he's awesome, witty, and a dork. My favorite artist right now is Josh Garrels. He writes all of the music I wish I would have, has a really cool voice and sings about the love and grace of Jesus, all in a musically brilliant way I think.
What is a largely unknown skill that one of the other Crowns member that should be shared with everyone?
Mark rocks an invisible Harmonica. Melodee can punch hard. Chris makes incredible ribs.
What is the best advice someone has given you about working with youth groups?
Quality one on one hang time is crucial, take time to know and be a part of their lives
Who do you enjoy following on Twitter?
My fiancé of course. Juan and Tim Hawkins for kicks and giggles. Mark Driscoll, Lecrae, and my best bud @lowfrequencybooth , all for tweets that challenge me and get in my spiritual business. And many fellow artists/musicians.
If you weren't in Casting Crowns, what would you be doing now?
Flipping burgers wishing I was in Casting Crowns...haha for real though, I would be pursuing this sort of career in some way, playing guitar and leading people to Jesus through it is what I love.