If everything goes to plan, Josiah Leming may end up being the one that got away. After failing to get into the Hollywood round of Idol Season 7, the 19 year old singer-songwriter, whose style is very similar to Jack’s Mannequin and Secondhand Serenade is now signed to Warner Bros Records and about to release his debut album. Our Kelly had the opportunity to get him on our Hot Seat:
Can you please start us off with telling us a little about yourself for our readers?
My name is Josiah Leming, I’m a singer/songwriter, I was born in Tennessee, that’s pretty much it.
How would you classify the music you play?
Your first EP, Angeles Undercover, came out about a month and a half ago on October 28. Where did you get the inspiration for writing the five songs on the EP?
Well, you know, there were songs that were written – a mixture of songs that were written a long time ago and written recently, so it was really just kind of the most complete songs that we had done for the album so far.
Are you writing or recording any new music?
Yes, I’m always writing and working on new stuff and right now we’re trying to finish up the album which comes out in March.
What are the influences in your music and in your career?
Mostly, I try to take my influence from – honestly, you never really know where it comes from. One day it can be in music, in a poem, a song on the road, a girl – it’s always coming in in random forms actually.
When did you first develop a passion for music and what got you interested in performing?
I wasn’t really musical at all until I was 8 or 9 and then I started playing piano, but I didn’t really take off until I was 15, until I started writing and playing so it was just kind of a natural development, I didn’t really have anyone shoving it down my throat so I was just able to come around in my own time.
And was your family supportive?
Yeah, well as supportive as a family can be.
What is your philosophy on music?
I think the reason we are all so in love with music is that it means something different to all of us, it’s very medicinal.
What are you goals, both short term and long term, and where do you see yourself in five years?
Well, my short term goal is definitely to get this album out, and do everything we can to get that as good as it can be. And long term, I don’t know – things are always changing. I just want to put out a lot of music.
Are you planning on touring within the next year?
Yeah, definitely, I’m not sure. I just got off tour for my EP and I’ll be touring for the album probably late spring, early summer.
Who would you like to tour with?
There are so many great bands, I don’t know any certain names. I’d be down for pretty much anything.
So are there any specifics maybe?
No, not really. I listen to a lot of different things musically, I don’t want to name one thing and have that be taken too far or taken out of context.
Is there anything else you would like to say to your fans?
Tell them “I love you.”