My name is Paul Josephs. I’m a composer-performer, singer, guitarist, beat-boxer, wordsmith, native New Yorker, environmental activist, blues junkie. I’ve been playing professionally since 16; hit the scene with these older blues musicians playing all around NYC and also ran my own night on Tuesdays opening up for the comedy show at the Improv. Since then I've had the good fortune to have done some touring and session work with a handful of wonderful musicians; Idris Muhammad, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Pharoahe Monch, Jean Grae, Beyonce, Citizen Cope, Maceo Parker, Aurthur Blythe, Kenwood Denard, Rodney Jones, The Roots, Nikki Glaspie, Alice Smith etc.… I’ve released two of my own albums; the second one, Strong World, has had me touring in Germany, Holland, Switzerland, England, and France over the past few years.

 

I perform with different ensembles often with either a trio of guitar, bass and drums or a solo concert where I do live looping with beat boxing. Sometimes it grows into a septet with trumpet, trombone, sax, and keys or another guitar… and of course you never know!

 

I also produce music of all kinds with all different types of people and I conduct production and song writing workshops with students all over new york city and the world.

 

Check out my new Paul Josephs Blues Band EP which can be heard at www.pauljosephs.com/blues. 

 

I'm on the road with purpose and leaving a trail of raised spirits in my wake.

 
“Soulful and smart music, bouncing along on bluesy guitar and a rock/reggae beat, Strong World would be at home in any record collection that stretches from Santana to the Clash to Arcade Fire. Paul Josephs and MetroSonics pack a small world into each tune.”
— Chris Smith, New York Magazine
“Psychedelic blue-eyed soul that rocks.”
— Tony Maimone, bassist/producer/engineer with Bob Mould, They Might Be Giants, and Ani DiFranco