FREE Show with Joseph Israel

FREE Show with Joseph Israel

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Doors: 9:30 pm / Show: 10:00 pm


This event is all ages

Joseph Israel
Joseph Israel
Joseph Israel is one of those unique individuals whose natural talents and spiritual calling have merged into a music that is as thought provoking as it is inspiring. "What I share with my audience is to draw everyone closer to the source of truth–that we are all brothers and sisters and that division and lies cannot stand." The name "Israel" is a reflection that defines Joseph's striving for the blessings of the Almighty Yahweh. This is the name intended for all peoples, tribes and tongues that love the Most High and love their neighbor. These are the teachings of Yahshua the messiah. We are all one family."

In 2006 Joseph Israel was signed to the New Door Records division of Universal Music Group. Joseph was the sole reggae artist to be signed to Universal Music in recent history, which is an impressive accomplishment with the record label that is home to Bob Marley and the Wailers' Island Records catalog.

Joseph Israel's debut album Gone Are The Days was recorded at Tuff Gong Studios in the heart of Kingston, Jamaica. Its lyrics are of headline-torn news reports, and are a call for spiritual awakening. The album carries the endorsement of a cast of reggae vets. It finds Israel backed by a litany of such players, including saxophonist Dean Fraser, bassist Chris Meredith, lead guitarist Earl "Chinna" Smith, rhythm guitarist Ian "Beezy" Coleman, drummer Wilburn "Squidley" Cole, keyboardist Paul "Scubi" Smith, pianists Franklyn "Bubbler" Waul and Paul "Wrong Move" Crossdale, and percussionist Uzziah "Sticky" Thompson. Israel duets with second-generation roots reggae star Luciano on "Ruff Times" and Mikey General on "Universal Love," while Erica Newell and Rochelle Bradshaw—backing vocalists for Stephen Marley add backing vocals throughout.

Two of the main themes of the record are unity and kindness. Another is the need to live well, to do the right thing, to act righteously. Still another is overcoming adversity. "We're living in, the most intense time ever, as far as I can see," says Israel. "But I think that one day very soon, the strongholds that are holding the people today that are keeping the people down, are going to be toppled-not by force, but by love and truth." Says Joseph: "This CD, what it's really all about to me, is bringing things out that haven't been said, and preserving the musical tradition that Bob Marley started, adding to the foundation that he laid, with original rhythms and real songwriting. This is not a religious album. I'm just trying to promote the truth, and hopefully other people will want to hear it."

In 2007 Gone Are The Days, reached #11 on the iTunes Reggae album chart and received considerable attention at radio and retail and led to a series of festival and club performances throughout the United States.

In 2008 Joseph released the download-only EP Teach Your Children, for the non-profit organization Restore Humanity a 501(c)3 non-profit charitable organization founded by Israel's sister Sarah Fennel to aid and launch programs that assist the world's less fortunate. On Teach Your Children: Restore Humanity, Israel interprets the works of Graham Nash (Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young's "Teach Your Children"), folk singer Malvina Reynolds ("Little Boxes," the theme to the Showtime series Weeds), Peter Tosh ("Equal Rights"), and the Marleys – mother Rita (Bob Marley & The Wailers' "Johnny Was") and son Ziggy ("World So Corrupt" in a medley with Bob & Lee Perry's "Jah Live") – recorded with his voice and acoustic guitar at the focus. "The Teach Your Children Restore Humanity EP was a lot of fun to make," Israel said of the sessions. "To record some great songs, that I loved growing up, in a very simple acoustic setting, and to be able to release these songs while helping to bring awareness to the Restore Humanity organization is a real blessing."

In 2014 Joseph released the highly-anticipated Kingdom Road which features 14 tracks that chronicle Joseph's personal journey in his spiritual beliefs and his musical evolution as a recording and performing artist. The songs on the album have decidedly rock-driven themes punctuated by sophisticated guitar lines, complex harmony arrangements with song structures that mirror his reggae origins as they reinvent his sound in a modern roots style. Kingdom Road includes appearances by Earl "Chinna" Smith, Chris Meredith and Toussaint the Liberator with select tracks recorded at Tuff Gong studios in Jamaica and at Crisp Studios in Fayetteville. Accustomed to performing in an acoustic style over the past several years, several songs are performed in this manner lending an organic, singer-songwriter vibe to the release. The album also includes studio recording contributions from members of his current band – The Jerusalem Band. A music video has been released for the song Kingdom Road that features Joseph Israel in outdoor scenes in the Bay Area of California.
Venue Information:
Sweetwater Music Hall
19 Corte Madera Ave.
Mill Valley, CA, 94941