When it comes to setting the bar high,
Canadian R&B-Pop Artist Josh Sahunta
never lets his feet touch the ground.
The self-taught multi-instrumentalist and singer positions himself as a songwriter with substance through the intertwining of haunting melodies and storytelling lyrics.
Josh released his debut full-length album Dissonance in October 2017. Coming fresh out of finishing a degree in clinical psychology at the University of Alberta, Josh has taken many of the concepts learned in school and put them into an album that speaks candidly about the state of one’s mental health in a slowly disintegrating relationship. Dissonance features guitar work from internationally acclaimed singer-songwriter Joey Landreth, and it has also gained attention not only from major Spotify playlists such as “Discover Weekly”, but also from commercial and campus radio across Canada. One particular song from the album called “Doing my Best” received a great amount of attention from listeners in New York City, where it gained 15,000 streams from that area alone. More recently, Josh has been self-producing his own projects and his recent release “Bad” has garnered over 40,000 Spotify streams.
Drawing upon his influences of John Mayer, Ed Sheeran and The Weeknd, Josh's songwriting is packed with deeply rich narratives and cool, contemporary soundscapes. Josh was nominated for two Edmonton Music Awards (Male Artist of the Year, and R&B/Soul Recording of the Year) and for a Western Canadian Music Award for "Urban Artist of the Year" in 2017.
Josh also regularly uses his talents for humanitarian causes. In 2017 he visited Uganda, Africa to work with the organization “Our Village Community Partnership” to teach music at a school in an extremely impoverished area. More recently, he has created a charitable campaign around his song “Bad”, which speaks about the idea of temptation. Teaming up with Son of Man Clothing, an Edmonton-based clothing line, Josh has released a custom bracelet that will be sold at his performances, with 50% of the proceeds going to the “Action Coalition on Human Trafficking Alberta” (or ACT Alberta), an organization that aims to get women out of human trafficking; a highly “temptation-driven” industry.
“I believe that all people are uniquely and preciously made. I want to see a world where everybody is aware of their own, and each other’s value, and where we work together to ensure that our value is not something that can be taken away.”- Josh Sahunta
“Josh Sahunta is one of those creative prodigies who excels at absolutely everything he touches.” – BK On The Scene”