Philly singer-songwriter Joshua Thomas recently launched a crowd-sourcing campaign on PledgeMusic to fund his next EP, The Harboring. The music will be his first new material since 2012, and the first time he’s approached an album as an out and proud gay man. I’ve written about Josh in the past, and it’s no secret I’m a fan of his music. His last EP, Halfway, has been a mainstay on my Spotify favorites list, so I’d love to see him get some Steve Grand-type love for his campaign to put out something new. (Trust me, he’s much better than that honky-tonker.)
Here, he answers some questions about The Harboring.
There’s something about seeing shows at Tin Angel that leaves me, as Whitney would say, so emotional, baby. The cozy, narrow room. Romantic, candle-lit tables. The music. The last time I saw a show there, a Girls Rock Philly affair, I was literally moved to tears during one singer’s rendition of Minnie Riperton’s “Loving You.” On the stage she stood, hitting all those high notes, while I sat below sobbing like a baby, enamored by the gorgeous sound that was coming out of her mouth. I had a similar experience last night when seeing Joshua Thomas.
Philadelphia plays home to a handful of gay singer-songwriters, but few possess the soul and raw talent of Brewerytown’s Joshua Thomas (formerly billed as Josh Schurr). His first and latest album, Halfway, has become a mainstay on my Spotify queue. It’s a beautifully haunting set of songs that finds the 25-year-old crooning softly over acoustic piano and guitar. The title track also serves as his official coming out. I asked him about that and a host of other things this week when I shot him a few questions in anticipation of his live show on Nov. 14 at Tin Angel.