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Conversations with Josh Lacey

Today we’d like to introduce you to Josh Lacey.

Hi Josh, so excited to have you with us today. What can you tell us about your story?
My music journey started during my senior year of high school in Franklin, TN. The music teacher at my school, Paula Wolak, heard me singing in a room by myself with another classmate. My teacher urged me to perform in front of the school, but I dreaded getting up in front of a crowd and belting out a song.

With some hesitation, I took her up on the opportunity. I couldn’t live the rest of my days with the question of “what if?” in my head. I could not have been more glad I played in front of my school because it was the beginning of an extremely exciting journey. After moving to Knoxville for engineering school at UTK, music has only become more prominent in my life.

My joy for music eventually evolved into joy for songwriting, which has helped me cope with loss, heartbreak, and loneliness. It has given me the freedom to celebrate moving on, overcoming obstacles, and being in love. I love the idea of trying to connect with people through a couple of words and a few chords.

Being new to music, I still think it’s a crazy idea that other people enjoy listening to my stories and the music I have to share.

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way? Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
Believing in myself was a significant obstacle to overcome. I believed my songs were good enough, but I could never stop picking at the imperfections I saw in them.

Every time I thought about pursuing a music career I would tell myself: I have this wild, far-fetched dream that doesn’t come true for many people, so why would it be for me? I overcame this thought by instead asking “what if?” and the fear of not trying was greater than the fear of not succeeding.

My goal is not to be the best musician ever to walk the earth, but to impact all the people who listen to my music in a unique way. I can remember the first time a song spoke to me. It made me feel like I wasn’t alone in my thoughts and feelings. That’s why I feel so passionate about songwriting, because of its impact on my life.

Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
My music is a commentary on heartbreak, loss, love, and different challenges in life. I write many of my songs from other people’s perspectives because I appreciate others’ emotional perspectives. My goal in songwriting is to write something that people can recognize and connect with.

I look at famous songwriters like Jason Isbell, The Eagles, and James Taylor as inspiration for many of my songs. These artists write music that romanticizes life in happy ways and melancholy ways. I try to implement that writing style into my music as well. I tend to gravitate toward the sad emotions in music. I think sadness is often misrepresented.

No one wants to feel sad or lonely, but there are a lot of times in life that we are. Emotions complement each other. Happiness would not be such a great feeling if we didn’t feel sad. Likewise, loneliness would not be such an overwhelming feeling if we were always with people.

There is a time and place for every emotion, which I try to convey in my songwriting. I draw a lot of support and inspiration from my family as well. My parents have been with me every step, and they formed me into the man and artist I am today. I plan on releasing my debut single very soon.

So maybe we end by discussing what matters most to you and why?
I highly value family. Growing up, I’ve always wanted a family of my own. I have always admired fatherhood, leading a family, and being the family’s rock, the one they rely on.

I also highly value friends. Some friends are there when no one else can be. They can give advice and help you process things that family can’t. Finally, I highly value music. Music is there when friends and family can’t be there. Music provides me with comfort and eases my mind when people cannot.

Songwriting is very therapeutic for me and helps me put my emotions and feelings on paper to give people insight into my life and the people I write about.

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