13th July 2016, Johannesburg â€“ In a buzzing South African music scene Josh KempenÂ has created a name for himself as an enchanting performer & gifted songwriter, captivating SAâ€™s festival scene with his raspy voice, energetic performances and songs that will get stuck in your head.
â€œWarner Music South Africa is proud to announce the signing of this truly talented singer-songwriter. We pride ourselves on working with artists that resonate with todayâ€™s audiences, whilst being timeless themselves. Josh is the perfect fit and we look forward to working with him,â€ says Tracy Fraser, MD of Warner Music South Africa.
Previously nominated as “Songwriter of the Year” by SAMRO,Â he has performedÂ at some of South Africa’s largest music festivals;Â Oppikoppi, Lush Festival & Splashy Fen, as well as the countries most loved venues with the likes ofÂ Shortstraw,Â Desmond & the Tutus,Â andÂ Matthew Mole. Josh’s debut EP, the â€˜The Midnight Shipâ€™ was picked as a “Top 20 Record of 2015″Â by SA blog Texx & the City and made “the Fuss List”Â of 2015. Josh was recently picked byÂ DeezerÂ ZA as an “Artist to Watch in 2016″Â alongside international breakthrough artistsÂ likeÂ Leon BridgesÂ &Â Jack Garrat.
Says Kempen of his signing;Â â€œWarner has a wonderful name, and it’s home to some of the most important music makers around. They bring a lot of value to what I do, but I was definitely first drawn to them because of the team I met. Beyond the brand is a group of approachable people who are clearly experts in their field and are passionate about their work and the artists they sign. It gives their work a lot of power. For me, that makes them a company of people you want to be a part of – it’s really so inspiring for a team like that to want to get behind meâ€.
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