Eleven-year-old Josh Gracin was listening to Garth Brooks and George Strait, already saying that country music was the genre that best fit his life. Five years later he performed on the Grand Ole Opry stage as part of a national talent show and recorded a demo album in Nashville.
Fast forward to 2003, the now 22-year-old Michigan native auditioned for American Idol’s second season with O-Town’s “All or Nothing.” The Lance Corporal in the United States Marines came in fourth place, behind winner Ruben Studdard. After the show, he wasn’t able to join others from the show on tour as he had to complete his military service.
However one of the songs he sang on American Idol was Rascal Flatts’ “I’m Moving On.” Rascal Flatts’ band member Jay Demarcus liked it so much that he introduced the band’s producer, Marty Williams, to Josh Gracin. Marty Williams then helped him sign with Lyric Street Records.
His self-titled debut album was released in 2004 and was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America. Josh Gracin charted a No. 1 single, “Nothin’ To Lose,” along with two more Top 5 songs — “I Want to Live,” “Stay with Me (Brass Bed)” — on the Billboard Hot Country Singles and Tracks charts.
His second album, We Weren’t Crazy, came out in 2008. Josh Gracin once again charted five singles and a Top 10 with the title track. Average Joe’s Entertainment released his third album, Redemption, in 2011. He said the song “Enough” truly represented on paper what was in his head.
Josh Gracin’s latest, Nothin’ Like Us, Pt. 1, was released last month. The title track, written by Robyn Collins and Jordan Reynolds, celebrates the start of a relationship.
“There’s nothing like that feeling we get. Drink a little red wine off of your lips. You’re making me crazy calling me baby.”
Josh Gracin and fiancée Katie Weir will be married in Nashville this coming May. For International Women’s Day he remarked, “There are many women that have inspired me throughout my life, but if I had to choose one it would be my wife-to-be, Katie. They say your true friends/family are there in your darkest moments. Not only was she there, but she was the main reason why I stood back up and continued moving forward. Her love of life and compassion for others, her sense of worth and motivation made me realize some of the things that were missing within myself. She truly is my strength and the only person I want by my side, pushing me forward for the rest of my life.”
His latest album may just be part one of his return to the top of the country charts. The first video, for the song “I Go Crazy,” was released Mar. 3 on Rated Red.
“You got a wild side, can’t hide, one look at me baby and I go crazy.”
The album’s other tracks are “I’m Still There,” “Me And A Girl And A Radio,” “Front Porch Kinda Love,” and “On Me.”