Josh Island’s international upbringing is at the core of his songwriting and performing. Born an hour outside of London to Dutch parents, he moved to several countries at a young age before eventually settling in the picturesque Grand Duchy of Luxembourg. Here he started out his career in the local music scene aged 15, touring the bar and open-mic circuits and gaining recognition for his versatile vocal performances, soulful guitar arrangements and entertaining showmanship.
By asking audiences in student towns to invite him over for intimate living room concerts, he steadily grew a loyal fanbase with acoustic pop-up shows. This DIY approach led him to open up for international acts including James Morrison, Charlie Cunningham, Leif Vollebekk and Mighty Oaks. Only once you've witnessed his unique stage presence and captivating storytelling live can you understand why he is selling out venues both at home and abroad.
Josh Island combines folk-pop with warm soul-blues and a touch of jazz. His sound has been likened to that of John Mayer, Jason Mraz and Jamie Cullum. To date he has performed nearly 200 shows throughout Europe, with showcases at Liverpool Sound City, Popronde and Sonic Visions and regular airplay in Luxembourg, the Netherlands and Germany. Upon special request he has performed for the three royal families of the Benelux states, and establish himself as a prominent figure within the European Union to promote its shared values and opportunities through musical performance.
"Josh relied on nothing but his vocals and guitars to play an incredible opening set with a mixture of musical styles and plenty of audience participation." - Luxembourg Times
"A great voice." - John Butler
"His sympathetic personality, combined with the technically perfect guitar playing and warm vocals, makes the audience hold their breath. Josh could fit into the trend and success of singer-songwriters." - 3Voor12Limburg