It was a Myspace generation, or atleast era. I, like so many of my peers, hopped quickly on the myspace wagon of "plays" and "likes". What else could an open mic night kinda kid do? My hand was forced / placed and I fell into place. I had uploaded 4 songs that had been recorded in my apartment in Provo, Utah to the myspace page that I had so proudly created. It was 2007 and I was in anatomy and physiology classes in "HOT" pursuit of a nursing career. As per usual, after my anatomy class, I headed to the computer lab to check my email and of course my myspace account. My plays were over 125 and I was beside myself about it. This kid was GOING SOMEWHERE i calmly muttered under my breath. My inbox had two messages, one from dancer1245 and one from a man named Shannon Edgar. I checked the dancer1245 message and quickly saw that it was a spam message. The one that i received from Shannon Edgar was a whole different thing. He claimed to be a producer from L.A. and had listened to my four demos on my player. He asked if i wouldn't mind giving him a call and left his phone number. I did as was requested and called Shannon. Our conversation stretched out over the next two hours and ended with me saying "yes" to flying to L.A. to have Shannon produce and record a record for me, with the vague understanding that we would "figure it out" after we made the record.
The next month I flew to Los Angeles, i met Shannon Edgar for the first time, and my life completely changed. I had never recorded in a REAL recording studio and i was a novice.
Over the span of 12 days we recorded some of the first songs i ever wrote. Many of which I had written in response to things that had been happening in my life / surroundings.
(For example "FM Radio" was about a best friends father passing away. "Our Brothers Blood" was about the iraqi war. "Lord, Devil and Him" was about my youngest brother's drug addiction and attempt to rehabilitate.
We recorded the whole record at Shannon's studio in Burbank, California, there was very little expectation of what the record would eventually / possibly do. And with the whole thing done in under two weeks I flew home and picked up right where I left off. Back to Anatomy and Physiology, to the books and the wild culture of Provo, Utah.
Once the record was mixed (Todd Burke) we tried sending it to mulitple record labels. After very little reception from labels Shannon and I decided to release it ourselves. The VERY kind folks at iTunes showed their enthusiasm for the record by releaseing "FM Radio" as the free single of the week and giving it much appreciated online presence via their store and marquees.
Because of the overwhelming positive response from "The Sun Is Always Brighter" I made the choice to deviate from my nursing path and pursued a life in singing and dancing. This record started all of that for me.
I am a lucky man, indeed.
released June 3, 2008
Shannon Edgar (Producer)
Joshua James (Songs, Guitars, Piano, Singing)
Frank Coglitore - Bass
Craig Mcyntire - Drums, Percussion
Phil Parlapiano - Pianos, Organs, Keys