Single Review: Joshua Grant – Transparent

Hailing from just outside Edinburgh, 18 year old Joshua Grant has released his new single ‘Transparent’. The singer songwriter has went from a young grassroots artist and busker to a chart success story in a matter of months during one of the most difficult times for up and coming artists. Joshua’s previous release ‘Edinburgh’ hit number one in the Scottish charts and allowed him to perform on BBC Scotland’s ‘The Edinburgh Show’.

We promise that ‘Transparent’ lives up to Joshua’s previous BELTERS! It begins with a lovely acoustic guitar and Joshua’s beautiful vocals, later on the lead guitar and drums come in setting the tone for the rest of the song. The track was originally written and uploaded to Spotify last year but received some expert input for this release. Joshua has been rubbing shoulders with musical virtuosos including Boo Hewerdine and producer Mark Freegard, who have provided additional recording, mixing and mastering on the song. Known for his Grammy-winning work on U2’s album ‘How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb’, Mark Ellis plays the electric guitars and bass throughout the track alongside Chris Pepper on the drums.

‘Transparent’ is the perfect song to chill out to! Joshua’s vocals shine throughout the track. He picked up the guitar when he was 9 years old and has recently been inspired by other Scottish artists like The Snuts and Gerry Cinnamon. It was after going to see The Snuts that Joshua asked his Mum to buy him some recording equipment for his Christmas to record the original release of the song.

Joshua said “Officially releasing Transparent feels like things have come full circle over the last year. I recorded the original version in my room and my guitar and vocals on this new version are from that recording so it’s still got that stripped back feel to it. I’m really excited to share the song with a wider audience now and hope the response is just as positive.”

2020 has already been an outstanding year for Joshua Grant despite the circumstances so we all look forward to seeing what he’s got planned next. He said “The start of 2020 was mental but I’m so excited about this next chapter. I’m starting to write new music and can’t wait to get out gigging when I’m able. I’ve moved to Glasgow to study economics and philosophy and I just know this will be a brilliant experience and allow me to make new connections. Who knows what else could happen in the next few months!”

Keep in touch with Joshua through his social media below.

Facebook @MusicJoshuaGrant

Twitter @joshua_grantt 

Instagram @Joshua.Grantt 

As well as being available to download and stream on all the usual platforms, Transparent will be released as part of a limited edition vinyl, available from a selection of HMV shops and independent record stores across Scotland, as well as from Amazon and Joshua’s website from Wednesday, 11 November.

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