Joshua Kadison

WHERE ARE THEY NOW? Joshua Kadison

If all Joshua Kadison is remembered for is “Jessie”, then let’s hope he found her.

Singer/songwriter Joshua Kadison (b.1963) was born in to showbiz. His mother was the actress Gloria Castillo (1933-1978), who co-starred with Robert Mitchum in the 1955 thriller ‘The Night Of The Hunter’. Joshua made his debut in May 1993 with his self-penned single, “Jessie”, allegedly written about his then girlfriend, Sarah Jessica-Parker, pre Sex And The City stardom. The song made it to No.26 on the US singles chart and went top twenty in Australia, Germany, Austria, Switzerland and The Netherlands. Alas, the British didn’t seem so keen, as the song stalled at No.48.

“Jessie” was the lead single from his debut album, “Painted Desert Serenade”, released later that month. The album would eventually find its way to No.69 in his home country, helped by the much better performing second single, “Beautiful In My Eyes”, which peaked at No.19 Stateside while going top five in Australia. Again, the song flopped the other side of the Atlantic, when released there in 1994. One further single was lifted from the album, “Picture Postcards From LA”, which made No.84 there.

Joshua spent most of 1994 and early 1995 writing and recording his second long player, but was taken by surprise when the UK finally fell for “Jessie” early in 1995. The song made its way to No.15 in April/May that year, which also propelled interest in the album as well. A re-issue of “Beautiful In My Eyes” followed in July, this time reaching No.37, while only three months later, Joshua was releasing “Take It On Faith”, the first single to come from his second album, “Delilah Blue”. Neither the single nor the album followed his first, both failing to chart anywhere. The title track was released in 1996, before this brief chapter was closed.

Taking a change of direction, Joshua wrote and published 17 Ways To Eat A Mango: A Discovered Journal Of Life On An Island Of Miracles, in 1998, accompanied by a five-track EP, “Saturday Night In Storyville”. Joshua signed with EMI Records in 2000 and released his next album, “Vanishing America”, the following year, together with the single, “Carolina’s Eyes”. Once again, little interest was paid. A best of, “The Essential Joshua Kadison”, was released in 2006, while he offered new music in 2008 with his ‘comeback’ EP, “Return Of The Dragonfly”. Since then, Joshua has been very quiet although he broke silence in June 2020, when he posted a video on YouTube as a tribute to Black Lives Matter.

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Written by Christopher Smith

So perhaps you’ve read an article or two that I’ve written and wondered “just who is this character?”! Well I thought maybe it would be time to introduce myself and what I’m all about. Well it’s all about the music! Having been born in the late 1970’s I was heavily influenced by my parent’s love of ‘popular’ music and rock and roll of the 1950’s and 60’s. My Mother always said she should of married Elvis and my father was, and is still, in love with Sandie Shaw! But while my Dad’s tastes stopped in about 1967, my Mum carried on loving music throughout the 70’s, 80’s and beyond. My first memory was playing on the floor whilst my Mother was ironing one day with the radio on, and hearing ABBA’s “Super Trouper” dancing my nappy off to it! Maybe that’s where it all went wrong…?! Having been subjected to all and sundry in my infant years, I finally found my feet in the mid-1980’s and began ‘partying’ to the likes of Culture Club, Stevie Wonder(!), Elkie Brooks and Bananarama to name but a few! The year 1987 would have a profound effect on my listening tastes and from thereon in my life would be dominated with buying and listening to music. Any number of outstanding songs were released and listened to that year, most notably “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “La Isla Bonita”. That Summer my mind was completely taken over with music and sounds I’d never heard before and I was totally taken in by it all. My father would say “whaaar rubbish you got on naaaaao?” (I’m from Norfolk!) but I was hooked. And it continued so for the rest of the decade and the next. At the beginning of 1988 I ‘met’ my true love and the singer I’ve worshipped more than any other artist or group. You may know of her. She’s from Australia…! Aside from pop music, my tastes are many and varied and continues to grow and expand as I ‘mature’ in age. I’ve always been heavily interested in films and in particular the mechanics of film making and of course film music, so scores and subsequently orchestral music takes up a lot of my tastes and collection. 90’s dance and club tunes also takes up much of the space in my head and I’m surprised my brain has stopped shaking from the years of abuse it took being dragged to nightclubs, often three times a week in my 20’s! I find with each year that passes I regress back to my youth and of course the 1980’s. 80’s music dominates and the lust to see as many 80’s acts and singers play live now is insatiable. I’m still getting into the groove as much as every breath I take, but I’m never gonna give up listening to my heart and pumping up the volume, simply because I LOVE MUSIC…any kind of music!