Josh Kaufman’s music has an emotional directness and intensity that is rivaled by few. It has been described as a soulful mix of pop, rock, folk, and jazz.. His influences are diverse, ranging from Jeff Buckley to Chris Cornell to Beck to Stevie Wonder to Chet Baker. It’s difficult to nail him down to a particular genre, but when people hear his music—or especially when they experience it live—they know that they are experiencing something special.
With his four octave range, distinctive falsetto, and incredible guitar playing Kaufman has wowed live audiences for years. In 2014, on a whim, he went to a blind audition for the TV show The Voice, was selected to be on the show, and to make a long story short won the whole competition. Season 6, Voice winner, you can google it and see the photos with Usher.
After The Voice, Kaufman got a big bump of attention for a while. Some highlights include sitting in with The Roots on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, headlining Indy Jazz Fest, and playing the lead role in the highly acclaimed Broadway revival of Pippin. Along the way he picked up a slew of “industry experts” who didn’t quite know what to do with him and in the end he cut many of those ties in favor of working with a group of friends that he had known for years. This included the ultra-talented writer and producer BLEU whom Kaufman had known since high school.
At this point Kaufman knows who he is and also knows that he does not fit easily into the package that is sellable for the Spotify and instagram age. He also knows that there is still a place for musicians who are able to connect with other humans deeply. He continues to write and release his own unique blend of soul, jazz, rock, funk, folk, and whatever else…that can only be described as Josh Kaufman.