Josh Gracin


Josh Gracin

Infobox musical artist
Name = Josh Gracin


Background = solo_singer
Birth_name = Joshua Mario Gracin
Born = birth date and age|1980|10|18
Origin = Westland, Michigan, USA
Instrument = Vocals
Occupation = Singer
Genre = Country
Years_active = 2003-present
Label = Lyric Street
Associated_acts = Brett James
URL = [http://www.joshgracin.com/ joshgracin.com]

Josh Gracin (born Joshua Mario Gracin, October 18, 1980 in Westland, Michigan) is a country music singer. A former member of the United States Marine Corps, he first gained public attention as the fourth-place finalist on the second season of the Fox Networks talent competition "American Idol".

After his elimination from the show, Gracin completed his service in the Marine Corps and after his honorable discharge, he signed a record deal with Lyric Street Records. His self-titled debut album was released in 2004. It produced a Number One hit and two more Top Five hits on the "Billboard" Hot Country Songs charts and was certified gold by the RIAA. His second album, "We Weren't Crazy", followed in 2008. This album also produced four more chart singles, including a Top Ten in its title track.

Biography

Infobox Military Person
name= Joshua Gracin
born=
died=
placeofbirth= Westland, Michigan
placeofdeath=


caption=
nickname= Josh
allegiance= United States of America
branch= United States Marine Corps
serviceyears= 2000-2004
rank= Lance Corporal
commands=
unit= 1st Maintenance Battalion
battles=
awards=
laterwork=
Gracin was born on October 18, 1980 and raised in Westland, Michigan cite web
accessdate=2008-08-13
url=http://www.mtv.com/music/artist/gracin_josh/artist.jhtml
title=Josh Gracin Profile
publisher=MTV.com
] to parents Mario and Brenda Gracin. He has four sisters, Stacy, April, Melissa and Kristen. Josh's vocal debut was in an Easter musical presented by his church and then later in various school productions and talent shows. Gracin auditioned for and won a national pop orchestra and vocal competition known as the Fairlane Youth Pops Orchestra while a sophomore in high school. During his entire high school career Josh performed at state festivals, fairs and pageants throughout the State of Michigan. At sixteen he performed on stage at the Grand Ole Opry in a national talent show and recorded a demo CD in Nashville. Upon graduation from John Glenn High School in Westland, he attended Western Michigan University before he joined the United States Marine Corps. After basic training, he came home and married, and eventually became a supply clerk at Camp Pendleton outside of San Diego, California.

He then auditioned for the second season of "American Idol", a talent competition television program which airs on the Fox Networks; Josh appeared and competed on the program, finishing fourth place overall. Because of his prior commitment to the Marine Corps, Gracin did not participate in the subsequent American Idol Finalists concert tour of American venues. Gracin was sent on tour as a recruiting tool, making appearances at special events around the United States to promote the U.S. Marine Corps. After four years of service, he was honorably discharged in September 2004.

After his Idol stint and his discharge from the Marine Corps, Josh and his wife, Anne Marie Stevens, moved to Tennessee in pursuit of his singing career. Together, they have two daughters: Briana Marie Gracin, born March 30, 2002, and Gabriella Ann Gracin, born November 15, 2006, as well as a son, Landon Joshua Gracin, born August 4, 2005. The couple are currently expecting their fourth child.cite news|accessdate=2008-08-13
url=http://www.countrystandardtime.com/news/newsitem.asp?xid=1813
title=Josh Gracin announces fourth child coming
date=June 13, 2008
work=Country Standard Time
]

Musical career

"Josh Gracin"

In 2004, Gracin was signed to a record deal Lyric Street Records. cite web
accessdate=2008-08-13
url=http://www.mtv.com/music/artist/gracin_josh/artist.jhtml
title=Josh Gracin Profile
publisher=MTV.com
] His debut album "Josh Gracin" was released on June 15, 2004; with sales of over 750,000 to date, the album has received RIAA gold certification in the United States. The album's first three singles, (I Want to Live, Nothin' to Lose, & Stay with Me [Brass Bed] ), all reached Top 5 on the "Billboard" Hot Country Singles & Tracks charts, with "Nothin' to Lose", the second of those three, reaching Number One.

In 2003, Gracin also contributed the song "Working for the Weekend" to the "" soundtrack, and he also sang on "When I See an Elephant Fly" on the Jim Brickman album "The Disney Songbook".

At one performance in 2006, Gracin filled in for Lonestar's lead vocalist Richie McDonald in concert when McDonald was recovering from a back injury.cite news|accessdate=2008-08-13
url=http://www.cmt.com/news/news-in-brief/1547658/josh-gracin-sings-lead-at-lonestar-concert.jhtml
work=CMT News
title=Josh Gracin Sings Lead at Lonestar Concert
date=December 8, 2006
]

"We Weren't Crazy"

In March 2006, Josh released his fourth single, "Favorite State of Mind". Although it was a Top 20 hit on the country music charts, Gracin's second album was not released. Originally slated to be titled "All About Y'all", the second album was later re-titled "I Keep Coming Back" and later "We Weren't Crazy", also the title of its third single. "We Weren't Crazy", the third release from the album, entered the country music charts in October of 2007 and for the chart week dated August 2, 2008, 40 weeks after it debuted on the charts, it has reached the Top 10 and is his fourth Top 10 overall and first Top 10 since "Stay With Me (Brass Bed)" in 2005. The album was released on April 1, 2008. A fourth single, "Unbelievable (Ann Marie)", was released to country radio on August 25, 2008. [cite news | first = | last = | title = Singles Calendar | url=http://www.musicrow.com/CSC002 | work = | publisher = MusicRow | date=2008-08-13 | accessdate=2008-08-13 | language = | quote = ] Gracin wrote the song about his wife.

ongs performed on "American Idol"

*February 25, 2003 (semifinals): "I'll Be" - Edwin McCain
*March 11, 2003 (Top 12): "Baby I Need Your Loving" - The Four Tops
*March 18, 2003 (Top 11): "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing" - Aerosmith
*March 25, 2003 (Top 10): "Ain't Goin' Down ('Til The Sun Comes Up)" - Garth Brooks
*April 1, 2003 (Top 9): "Celebration" - Kool and the Gang
*April 8, 2003 (Top 8): "Amazed" - Lonestar
*April 15, 2003 (Top 7): "Piano Man" - Billy Joel
*April 22, 2003 (Top 6): "That's When I'll Stop Loving You" - 'N Sync
*April 29, 2003 (Top 5): "Bad Blood" (Neil Sedaka) and "Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye" (Neal McCoy)
*May 6, 2003 (Top 4): "To Love Somebody" and "Jive Talkin'", both by The Bee Gees

Discography

Infobox Artist Discography
Artist = Josh Gracin


Image size =
Caption =
Studio = 2
Compilation =
Singles = 7
Music videos =
2Option = 1
2Option name = No. 1 Singles
References = No

Albums

All albums were released on Lyric Street Records.

;Notes
*A ^ "Nothin' to Lose" was certified Gold by the RIAA.
*B ^ Current single.

ee also

References

External links

* [http://www.joshgracin.com Official website]
*AI contestant|2|joshua_gracin|Joshua Gracin
*MySpace-music|joshgracin


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