By Aaron Wagner
He’s made himself a name as one of Nashville’s best songwriters, but now Josh Mirenda is about to make himself a name as a solo artist.
Growing up in Nashville, music was something he always wanted to do but he says it was never “the plan.” “In college, I had aspirations of becoming an oral maxillofacial surgeon or a lawyer. I never thought I would be able to make a good living being a musician, but it wasn’t until the end of college that I started getting the attention of music row and decided to give music a shot.”
Something that is beginning to define this current generation of new writers and artists is their diverse musical upbringing. Mirenda is no different as he was raised on everything from classical to 80s rock to pop, from hip hop to gospel. He lists John Mayer, Keith Urban, Lil Wayne, Lynard Skynard, Dwight Yoakam, and Justin Timberlake as some of his biggest musical influences.
“I owe each genre a lot for the inspiration it has given me,” says Mirenda.
With those diverse music interests, Josh Mirenda has written some of the biggest hits in country music with Dierks Bentley’s “Somewhere On a Beach” and Jason Aldean’s “They Don’t Know” and “Girl Like You.” Now focussing on his own career as a solo artist, his writing routine hasn’t changed all that much.
“I have definitely been fortunate in having hits with some of the biggest names in country music and my writing is always evolving. I feel that it’s important to push the limits with music. Some days it works and others it doesn’t, but I feel that it is critical to find a new sound or a put a new twist on something.”
One of the most interesting things Mirenda shared is how tricky it can be to write songs with his own career in mind.
“I found that when I get in a room and try to write for me as an artist I absolutely hate it. I overthink everything and have a hard time getting anything, so my process for picking songs that I want for myself tends to be more about me living with a song for awhile. If I can’t stop listening to it and it’s still available…I take it.”
Mirenda has found success with his first song as an artist when he released “I Got You.” Currently the song has garnered him over 22 million plays on Spotify alone. While country radio is still king in country music, his first release just goes to show you the power of streaming and how it can completely change an artist’s career.
It took him by complete surprise.
“I never thought “I Got You” would be as big as it ended up being, but I am extremely thankful that it did! I owe a lot of that to John Marks at Spotify who took a call from Kurt Allison and Tully Kennedy telling him about this new guy they were working with and John gave my song a chance.”
Mirenda continues, “Watching it move from Spotify’s “New Boots” playlist to “Wild Country” and eventually “Hot Country” was honestly one of the craziest things I have experienced as an artist to this point. I went from looking at daily streams of 2k to upwards of 150k and at its peak 180k a day. That was one hell of a ride. I definitely want to experience that again and I’m going to do anything I can to make it happen.”
Mirenda shared that 2020 will be filled with shows and new music. With exciting things coming soon, he can’t spoil any of the surprises so be sure to follow him on his socials to be the first to know of new releases and shows.
He puts a bow on who he is as a songwriter and artist by sharing what he wants fans to feel when they listen to his music.
“When people listen to my music I want them to like it most of all! But music is subjective so I do understand that not everyone will like that I do and that’s fine. I want my music to be an escape for anyone who needs an escape. I want my music to make people feel something and at the end of the day I want my music to make people happy.”