Through this adventure of self-discovery and figuring out who he would be as a musician, Whitley played shows as far as North Dakota and New York.
A new album showing his true style of gritty blues was needed.
“I went to the Wheelersburg Cinema, put one mic in the theatre, hit the record button, and recorded the whole album in a couple of takes,” Whitley said. “I figured if Smoke on the Water can be recorded in an abandoned hotel, I could record in a movie theater.”
Now that Whitley has begun to make a name for himself, he still hopes to grow as a musician.
“My goal is to get to where people will buy tickets to come see me,” Whitley said. “I just want to be recognized as a singer songwriter. I’d like to get to the next level and be able to sell out places.”
Whitley spends much of his time writing new songs, and he is always ready to be inspired by life events or every day interactions.
“My songwriting method is always changing,” Whitley said. “Sometimes the words come first, sometimes the music comes first. I always tell people you just need to be prepared for when inspiration strikes. The majority of my music is when I get emotionally overwhelmed or something pour out of me, and I catch it on paper before it hits the floor.”
Excitement and pride blooms when Whitley writes songs that he enjoys.
“Picking your favorite song as a songwriter is like asking a parent to choose their favorite child,” Whitley said. “I have a few that I’m very proud of. Off of my last album, I’m proud of ‘Ride This Train’ and I did write it for a girl that I was pursuing to prove that I could write a good song. This song went to number four in Canada on the independent radio charts.”
From the town of Wheelersburg, Whitley enjoyed growing up in Southern Ohio.
“I remember discovering Portsmouth when I finally got my license,” Whitley said, “because my family didn’t make trips in very often. We live in such a beautiful place, and I love all of the old buildings. We live in a very beautiful area.”
If you’d like to check out Whitley’s music, visit Josiahwhitley.com or look him up on Spotify, iTunes, or Google Play.