Montreal singer songwriter Josh Alexander, recently released his new single “Hurricane” on August 26 via Believe Music.
“Hurricane” is a cinematic pop track that is captivating from start to finish. With bold vocals and an intensity that builds throughout, the song’s title truly captures the larger-than-life essence of a talent that cannot be tamed.
Before settling in Montreal, Josh was born and raised in a Latin Canadian household in Quebec City. The young creative has always surrounded himself with music and grew up constantly singing cover songs from his favourite acts including Coldplay and John Legend. With a natural knack for songwriting, Josh spent time writing music for others before deciding to take on his own career as a solo artist. As his artistic project takes flight, Josh’s new single “Hurricane” is off his forthcoming debut EP.
I had the opportunity to chat with Josh Alexander about his new single, songwriting and what to expect for the rest of 2022.
Kat: Can you talk about the inspiration behind your latest single “Hurricane”?
Josh: “Hurricane” was inspired by my little brother. He had been going through a very hard time and I wasn’t even aware. We’ve always been very close and dealt with things together. But with distance and growing up, we started to grow on, on our own. I moved away from my hometown almost four years ago to pursue my music career and during that transition period my younger sibling started reaching out a little less. When it surfaced that he hadn’t been doing very well, I knew I had to remind him that although I’m not home anymore, I still want to be there for him and I will show up, night or day, whenever he may need me. Because he is worth it.
It killed me to find out months later that he had been suffering in silence. It’s so important to check in with our loved ones, and to let them know they are loved and valued and that they are enough. To let them know that they are always worth it. That is why I wrote this song. For my brother, but also as a reminder of how deep our love can take us and to be a guiding light to anyone who’s been feeling like they’ve been stuck in a hurricane. You are not alone.
Kat: What do you hope fans take from the new song?
Josh: I hope they’ll get to know me more and see the family guy I am, through my music. I really hope to count my fans as my chosen family one day, and I want to grow with them. I hope that my music will spark interest and really show where I’m coming from, which is place of love and realness.
Kat: What do you find is the most challenging part of your creative process?
Josh: I’d say forcing yourself to write things that you don’t actually resonate with is hard, which is why I try to really connect with myself and my surroundings to write music that is real and true to me.
When it comes to songwriting, writing melodies and lyrics comes fairly naturally. It can be challenging though to come up with new sounds and create different musical environments that we haven’t heard before or are a little more unique. It’s important to me that I stay true to myself and to not go down an easy route, creating music we’ve already heard before.
Kat: What has been the musical highlight of your summer? Any fun performances?
Josh: I’ve been working on my EP like crazy! “Hurricane” is actually the first single off the EP. Being in the studio all summer has for sure been the highlight of my summer, and I cannot wait to be on stage singing these songs for you.
Kat: What’s next?
Josh: My EP release and live performances! The EP is in its final stages and is almost ready for the world to hear. It’s gonna be big, cinematic and each song will be a moment. I hope you all will join me on this wild journey, because I’m here to stay.