With 6,100+ Facebook Followers, 1,800+ YouTube Subscribers and with almost 500,000 YouTube views, Joel is the premier independent Country & Rock artist in the PNW! His engaging baritone vocals, humble demeanor and charismatic stage presence sets this vibrant performer apart from the other conventional acts. Growing up in his home state of Washington and spending summers in the Outer Banks of North Carolina has molded this Singer-Songwriter into a performer that delivers, whether performing solo acoustic or with his band, the eclectic blend of his alluring originals and expansive catalog of familiar genre-spanning covers will take you on a captivating and evocative musical odyssey that is a must-see! In the 3.5 years since he started performing live he's performed over 350 times with 154 of them being in 2020!! He released his EP in 2017, his debut LP in 2018 and is due to release his sophomore album being recorded at the renowned Robert Lang Studios in Shoreline, Washington this June.
Joel’s musical journey started in 2017 and he quickly became a local favorite, playing solo acoustic shows around Washington, Oregon, Idaho & Montana. Due to popular demand, his debut acoustic EP “Here Up North” was released and became the catalyst to the loyal and fervent following that continues to grow today. In 2018, Joel began recording his debut LP of self-penned original music that included 12 songs and 2 additional singles (“PNW-Hoodies & Romeos” and “Vice”). The LP was released in June 2019 and garnered further attention from 94.9 The Wolf, local bars, fairs, festivals and casinos looking to book Joel and his entertaining and compelling live shows.
Rolling into 2020 with steady momentum he was met with the abrupt halt of live entertainment due to the global pandemic known as COVID-19. Not being one to sit idle and always looking for ways to be innovative, Joel and his Wife/Manager started the Tailgate Tour. It was met with immediate support and demand that resulted in 60 outdoor socially distant live solo performances that brought Joel around the region playing shows (sometimes 4 per day!) in people’s driveways & properties! The Tailgate Tour won in two categories for Best of Kitsap 2020 for “Best Outdoor Concert” and “Best Annual Festival”.
Following the success of the Tailgate Tour, Wife/Manager brought to life the idea of playing an outdoor show from a pontoon boat and then Anchors Down™ was created! The inaugural show took place in Dyes Inlet in Silverdale, WA and hosted 100+ boats, kayaks & paddleboards! The event was captured in a music video for Joel’s song “This Old Town” which can be viewed on YouTube. Due to popular demand, a second Anchors Down™ event was added to Liberty Bay in Poulsbo, WA and was another successful turnout. The popularity of both unprecedented musical events has resulted in the decision to make them both annual events, with hopes to expand both to a national attraction.
In addition to these successful events, Joel also started the Couch Concert! It’s streamed monthly on Facebook Live, and it has grown into a community of loyal, fun-loving fans around the country that want to kick back, interact and sing-along! It has garnered enough attention that it “broke” Facebook twice, with the event exceeding the 4 hour cutoff mark!
Joel is set to release his sophomore album in June 2021 that will be recorded at the renowned Robert Lang Studios in Shoreline, Washington. It will be another collection of self-penned original music that spans Country, Rock, Americana & Blues genres. Regardless of when live music returns to public venues, Joel will continue to adapt, innovate, and raise the bar for what is expected of a live performer.