Josh Zuckerman (born August 18, 1970) is an American USA performer, musician, singer, songwriter and recording artist. In 2014, Josh Zuckerman released his fifth original, studio album titled - Background Static of Perpetual Discontent. He is an Independent Recording Artist. Some of his original music has been featured on TV shows.,
The Josh Zuckerman discography includes 5 CDs with Background Static of Perpetual Discontent, Mr. Z and the Shashka Frashkas -From A to Mr. Z, Got Love?, Out From Under, A Totally New Sensation and the single All I Want For Christmas with the former band '-China White', with friend and drummer, Paul Galiszewski. His music is distributed nationally throughout the U.S.A., and is also bought worldwide.
Josh Zuckerman writes, records and performs original music and plays the guitar, violin and some piano. He performs nationally with original music and some cover songs by other musicians, per the credits on his five album liner notes.
He has released 11 music videos, some featured on MTV-Beta and VH1 Online,Logo, Youtube.com, his website and his Facebook.com page.
Zuckerman's albums contain original music compositions and original lyrics, while some of his early work shows his talent musically where he fiddles with the violin; fusing the country music and rock/pop sound. Josh Zuckerman's motto, from his website, is: "Be who you are, Be Real, it's all about love..."
Josh Zuckerman was raised in St. Louis, Missouri. At the age of eight he was introduced to violin, which he studied for the next five years, while Zuckerman's interest moved to rock'n roll. After a few years and gigs in several cover bands, Josh began to write his own music. As stated on his website, Josh was inspired by the sounds of the East Coast of the United States, and moved to New Jersey in 1989.
Zuckerman performed local and inter-state shows with the defunct band China White from 1990 to 1996. He went solo in 1996 and toured extensively, while he also performed with the group, Up With People from 1996 through 1998. Josh Zuckerman became a full-time New Jersey school teacher in 2002.
Rocco Colella of Edge Media Network wrote, "While...his other early influences, from Bon Jovi to Kiss, don't top his list of favorite musicians today, Zuckerman cannot deny their influence on his music. '(Joan Jett) and these artists had really strong hooks and melodies, which is what I focus on with my music, in terms of hooks and chorus," he said. 'Back in those days, people really put on a show.' As a child of the 80s, Zuckerman remembers these artists very well and 20 years later tries to incorporate these antics into his own musical and performance stylings."
Before his recording music career, Josh Zuckerman was a teacher at Highlands Elementary School in Highlands, New Jersey.
He has performed internationally, with many sold-out shows; over 40.000 people at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia supporting Peabo Bryson, as well as the 1998 World Expo, in Lisbon, Portugal, and the 2005 World Expo in Nagoya, Japan. His tours have included the United States, Canada, Japan, Bermuda, Germany, France, Belgium, Sweden, Norway, Poland as well as Thailand.
In 2003, due to his first original album, he was nominated for the OMA's 'Outstanding Songwriter of the Year' and for 'Outstanding Debut Male'. He took third place in the International Songwriting Competition for his song When Love Comes Back Again. Clips of his songs Karma, Spiritual and Circle of Friends appeared on the Kathy Griffin's reality TV Cable show My Life on the D-List on Bravo. Josh Zuckerman's song, Be Real was played on Be Real, a reality TV series on MTV/Logo TV.
Josh Zuckerman and his band members have donated much of their musical talents performing for many charitable events including the American Red Cross, HRC for kids in NYC, 4-H for kids, Relay for Life (a breast cancer benefit), The Matthew Shepard Foundation, The Robert Mapplethorpe Residence and The Rivington House for people affected by HIV and many others. After Super Storm Sandy devastated the New Jersey Shore, Zuckerman and his band performed fundraisers to help raise money for the victims of the disaster. He has donated performances to various New York City Charities, including Life Beat, for the GLBT Community to raise funds for HIV prevention and research.
Zuckerman has performed alongside musical artists; such as, Macy Gray, The Indigo Girls, Sophie B. Hawkins and Joan Jett, per the Archived Shows page on his website. He also has performed Live on SiriusXM / Out Q in the morning with Larry Flick many times and especially for their World AIDS Day 2006 show along with Martha Wash and Cyndi Lauper.
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