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Joshua Radin (born June 14, 1974) is an Americanmarker singer-songwriter born and raised in Shaker Heightsmarker, Ohiomarker. Radin, raised on the sounds of 1960s Motown, Stax and Beatles records, as well as singer-songwriters of the early '70s such as Paul Simon, Cat Stevens and James Taylor, turned to music after college, when he moved to New York City, bought a guitar and taught himself to play and write music. In 2004, his friend Cary Brothers gave a demo featuring his very first composition, "Winter," to TV star Zach Braff, who promptly used it to score a scene in the hit television series "Scrubs." Other Hollywood types found his music just as evocative, and soon various Radin songs were being heard in TV shows such as "Grey's Anatomy," "Brothers and Sisters," "American Idol," "One Tree Hill," and "So You Think You Can Dance," among others, as well as movies including The Nanny Diaries, The Last Kiss, Catch and Release. His debut album, 2006's We Were Here drew critical acclaim and passionate listener response. His favorite song is 'You Got Growin' Up To Do'. Radin has also had a number of well known musicians on his studio recordings, including Ryan Adams who played guitar on the song "Lovely Tonight".

On a "Meet & Greet" after his concert in Cologne on October 11 2009, Radin stated that his biggest musical inspiration is Bob Dylan.

Musical career

We Were Here (2006)

Released on Columbia Records in 2006, We Were Here presented the first batch of songs Radin ever wrote. The album drew critical acclaim and received a 4-star review from Rolling Stone, who praised the album's themes for being "poignant and refreshingly frank," and Radin's "whispery, silver-bell voice." The record hit No. 1 on the iTunes Folk Album Chart.

Simple Times (2008)

For his second full-length album, Simple Times, Radin enlisted highly regarded producer Rob Schnapf (Elliott Smith, Beck). The two spent seven weeks recording at L.A.'s legendary Sunset Sound Studio working with a cast of musicians that included guitarist Greg Leisz, bassist Johnny Flaugher, keyboardist Jason Borger, drummer Victor Indrizzo and percussionist Lenny Castro. Among the album's many highlights are "You Got Growin' Up To Do," featuring guest vocalist Patty Griffin, lead single "I'd Rather Be With You" and "Brand New Day." Tracks from the album were featured on TV shows such as "Bones," "Scrubs," "House," "Grey's Anatomy," "One Tree Hill," "90210," "Brothers and Sisters" and "American Idol," among others. The first album to be issue through indie label Mom & Pop Records, the album hit No. 1 on the iTunes Top Album and Alternative Charts within 48 hours of its release.


Over the course of his career, Radin has played to packed-house crowds around the world and shared stages with artists such as Sheryl Crow, Tori Amos, Imogen Heap, Meiko, Missy Higgins, Maria Taylor, Gary Jules, Amber Rubarth and many more. His first sell-out crowd was in Minneapolis.

Song Appearances


Motion Pictures


Personal Appearances

Ellen DeGeneres

In January 2008, Joshua performed the song "Today" on The Ellen DeGeneres Show after meeting the talk show host at a charity event the weekend before. Ellen later asked Radin to perform the song at the couple's wedding. The couple reportedly turned down song offers from George Michael and Justin Timberlake.


Studio albums


  • 2005: "Closer"
  • 2006: "The Fear You Won't Fall"
  • 2007: "Only You (Imogen Heap Mix)" (iTunes exclusive)
  • 2008: "I'd Rather Be With You"
  • 2009: "Fly Me To The Moon" (Frank Sinatra Cover)


  1. First Between 3rd and 4th (2004)
  2. Live Session (iTunes Exclusive EP) (2006)
  3. Unclear Sky (iTunes Exclusive EP) (2008)
  4. Simple Times – Bonus Material (Demos) EP" (2009)


  1. turned down offers from GEORGE MICHAEL and JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE
  2. Joshua Radin Performs Ellen's Wedding Song The Ellen DeGeneres Show

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