“Josh is a brilliant singer-songwriter whose talent is beyond his years ... He has a look and sound that is perfect for today's marketplace, and I'm excited to see how his artistry develops in the years to come” - Hitmaker Evan Bogart
Born and raised in Gilbert, AZ, 18-year-old Josh Metzler has aspired to be a musician since he first joined the school choir in 4th grade. First learning the piano when he was 8 and then picking up the violin at 10, Josh has always had something musical going on in his life. He taught himself to play the guitar when he was 13, and began posting videos to YouTube not long after.
He now entertains an audience of over 36,000 YouTube subscribers, 28,000 Twitter followers, and nearly 22,000 Facebook fans! Josh's YouTube videos have garnered over 3.2 million total views.
In March of 2011, Josh was featured on Michael Buckley's YouTube channel WHATTHEBUCK, which entertains an audience of over 1.1 million subscribers, via the segment Buck Factor, a segment devoted to promoting undiscovered artists on YouTube. Overnight, Josh gained over 6,000 subscribers and by May had hit 10,000 subscribers.
At the end of May 2011, he submitted an audition video for the Hub Network's upcoming reality TV show Majors & Minors. Josh then received word that he would be flown out to Hollywood for callback auditions. After final cuts were made, he and his family were informed that Josh was one of only 12 kids who were chosen out of over 40,000 applicants to be the inaugural cast of Majors & Minors.
Through the show, he had the incredible opportunity to work with some of the biggest names in the business, including: Adam Lambert, Avril Lavigne, Will.i.am, Jennifer Hudson, Jordin Sparks, Brandy, Mike Posner, Leona Lewis, Ryan Tedder, Colbie Caillat, Sean Kingston, and world-renowned songwriter Claude Kelley.
He was also mentored by some of the industry's most established writers and producers, such as Evan Bogart (songwriter for such superstars as Rihanna, Leona Lewis, Britney Spears, Adam Lambert, Pussycat Dolls, Keyshia Cole, Jason Derulo, Ke$ha, Enrique Iglesias, Sean Kingston, Hot Chelle Rae and Beyonce), Debra Byrd (vocal coach on American Idol for first 10 seasons), David Quinones (songwriter and vocal producer for Brandy, The Pussycat Dolls, Beyonce, Enrique Iglesias, Usher, and many more), and Paul Mirkovich (whose credits as musical director/keyboardist/vocalist include award winning artists like Pink, Christina Aguilera, Cher, Janet Jackson, INXS, Anastasia and Whitesnake).
Josh followed that up in May of 2012 with an audition in Austin, TX for FOX's The X-Factor USA: Season 2. He received a yes vote from all 4 judges (Simon Cowell, L.A. Reid, Britney Spears, Demi Lovato), and was off to Bootcamp in Miami. He made it through a very stressful and trying week of bootcamp and was eventually placed into a group with 4 other boys. This group became known as Playback and was off to Simon Cowell's house as a member of the Top 24, also known as the Judges' Homes Round. Unfortunately, despite overwhelmingly positive reception online, the boys of Playback did not advance to the live shows.
Josh has been blessed with incredible opportunities and is inexpressibly grateful that he has been given such unsurpassed platforms that have continually allow him to share his music on greater and greater levels. Josh has worked hard and practiced countless hours to get to this point, but could not have done it without the help, love, and support of his family, friends, and fans. Thank you all for your continued unwavering support!
Be sure to check Josh out on YouTube (AZSinger62) and download his music on Apple iTunes and Amazon!