Josh Island is a true European. Born in the British roundabout town of Milton Keynes to a Dutch family, he moved to Germany and the Netherlands before eventually settling in Luxembourg. This natural curiosity for cultures and people is reflected in his music, with the ability to go beyond geographical boundaries.
As a vocal powerhouse, soulful songwriter and engaging live performer, Josh Island has been steadily growing a loyal fan base across Europe. He draws inspirations from Sting, Jamie Cullum or John Mayer, a dynamic blend of catchy singer-songwriter pop with strong influences of soul and folk. At its core lies Josh's unique ability to connect with the crowd - his interactive shows break down invisible barriers between audience and artist.
Since starting out playing local bars in Luxembourg at the age of 15, he has opened for James Morrison, Passenger and Clueso, toured the Benelux and Germany and released two EPs. He has worked with Guy Chambers (Robbie Williams, Kylie Minogue), sold out club shows in Luxembourg, played Fengaros Festival on Cyprus, and showcased at Liverpool Sound City, Sonic Visions and Reeperbahn Festival.
His full length debut In My Head releases 15 September 2023, recorded by Portuguese producer Nelson Canoa (Sara Tavares, Carminho, Mariza) at his studio in Torres Vedras, the winegrowing region north of Lisbon. Members of The Black Mamba (Eurovision 2021) were his studio band.
The album’s first four singles, 'Make It', 'Pennies From Heaven', 'Rewind' and 'Patio Blues' received international radio attention and are teasers of an album showcasing Josh's love for catchy earworm melodies, guitar grooves and intimate ballads that pull on your heartstrings.
This fall, Josh is embarking on a 20-date European tour.
“With such an international background a global music career seems inevitable” - Weser Kurier
"Josh Island relied on nothing but his vocals and guitars to play an incredible opening set with a mix of musical styles and plenty of audience participation." - Luxembourg Times
“Simply music that makes you feel good.” - CamielMusic
“A great voice.” - John Butler