Joseph Cox (Musician)

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Joseph Robert Cox (born January 26, 1998)[1] is an American musician, singer, songwriter, memoirist, and producer. He is best known from his albums "twentyTemplate:Musician

sixteen" that was released in 2016, and "All the best coffee & tea" released later that year. [1]

Biography[1]

Cox is an American musician who grew up in the small town of Pittsfield, New Hampshire. Joseph learned how to play music at a young age with help from his father, Russell Cox. 

Cox was a founding member to multiple groups during his teenage years such as "Academically False", "The False", "Carrots", "la depresion", "East Coast", and a jazz trio known as "The Bamboozelers". During these years, he showed efforts towards writing and producing music for his bands and sought help in becoming a good singer-songwriter.

During his Senior year of high school at Pittsfield Middle High School, Cox began writing music about a breakup he had gone through. Released in July of 2016, "twenty sixteen" became Joseph Cox's first album to be produced and sold. The album was produced using the software Audacity, a free software available to download on the internet. The album was also produced completely by Joseph, using videos he had seen on YouTube and lots of free time. The album was released on the music retailer Bandcamp, aswell as Soundcloud, both available for free, allowing a spot for donations if fans desire. 

Joseph was accepted into the University of New Hampshire and began attending in the Fall of 2016. 

Fueled by problems with his anxiety disorder and recent car accident causing trauma, Joseph wrote songs and began performing them to small crowds at a non-profit cafe on campus called The Freedom Café. This led to the release of his second album "All the Best Coffee & Tea", which was released for sale on hit retailers such as Spotify, iTunes, Google Play, Amazon, Pandora, iHeartRadio, and Bandcamp.

In an action to aid with the aftermath of President Trump's inauguration, Joseph ran a fundraising campaign to raise money to donate to ACLU to help refugees and members of the LGBT community. This fundraiser was set up to donate all of the money raised by streams, purchases, and video revenue, to ACLU. This fundraiser lasted from February to March of 2017.

As of March, 2017, Cox has been playing shows to prepare for a new album set to his shelves later in Spring of 2017.[1]

Releases[2]

twenty sixteen

During Cox's teenage senior year of high school, he went through a bad breakup and began writing several songs to document his feelings on the matter. The music came together quickly, and it became obvious to him that this would turn into an album.

The album was made using the free music-editing software known as Audacity. He used an acoustic guitar, and various pieces of a drum set that was lying around in his parents basement. The recording and editing of the album took place from May to July of 2016.[1]

The album was released on Bandcamp for free, with a spot for fans to include a donation if they wanted to. Each song included a short analysis on the piece done by Cox, that are still available on Bandcamp.

The overall themes of the album were depression, anxiety, regret, drugs, and recovery from mental illness. [2]

The album was released in July of 2016. [2]

All the best coffee & tea

After completing his first album, he began writing music for his second. Joseph was moving into college at the University of New Hampshire and was struggling with moving away from his small town. In his songs, he documents his feelings of being away from his lifelong friends and feeling vulnerable in such a different setting. Joseph graduated from his school in Pittsfield with less than 30 of his peers[3], so moving to a school of more than 15,000 students[4] was a big change for him.

Along with being in a different setting, Joseph continued to dwell on harsh feelings that he had from his breakup. This led to lyrics being written about regret, depression, and pleading for forgiveness. These are common themes in both of his albums.

After being written, the album was self-produced using a software he had bought from Bestbuy known as Mixcraft. He worked on the album and did all of the recording at the University of New Hampshire, typically in his dorm room, but also sometimes outside when he would go for walks around campus. Cox was exited about finishing his album and was able to get it published onto more streaming and retail services such as Spotify, iTunes, iHeartRadio, Pandora, and Google Play. He also published the album on Bandcamp, to keep up with having a more personal site for his music, if people would like to donate.

Following President Trump's inauguration, Cox decided to make all of the royalties received from streams and downloads of his music to be donated to ACLU to help raise awareness of equality in the United States of America.

The album was released in late December of 2016.[2]

Associated Acts Category:Music

Joseph Cox has played shows with musical groups such as Woven in Hiatus, The Grebes, Paper Monsters, Hours North, and Cardinals. [5]

Category:Singer-songwriters Category:Writers

Personal Life

Joseph has started working on his own record label as well as a group of memoirs that will be collected into a book.

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