Josh Krajcik

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Josh Krajcik
BornWooster, Ohio, United States
GenresBlues, rock, soul
Occupation(s)Singer-songwriter, musician
InstrumentsVocals, guitar, piano
Years active1995–present
LabelsPhonogenic, Sony
Associated actsJosh Krajcik Band
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Josh Krajcik
BornWooster, Ohio, United States
GenresBlues, rock, soul
Occupation(s)Singer-songwriter, musician
InstrumentsVocals, guitar, piano
Years active1995–present
LabelsPhonogenic, Sony
Associated actsJosh Krajcik Band

Joshua Andrew "Josh" Krajcik (/krækɪk/) is an American singer-songwriter who currently resides in Columbus, Ohio. He began his career as a solo artist and later went on to form the Josh Krajcik Band with Corey Gillen and Mitch Pinkston. He was the runner-up in the first season of The X Factor USA in 2011.

Early life[edit]

Josh was born in Wooster, Ohio to Lisa and Ron Krajcik. Josh has an older brother named Zack. He began taking piano lessons at an early age and has indicated that he had one piano teacher that taught him basic music theory as well as how to read music, while another piano teacher taught him how to play by ear. Josh was in junior high when he began playing guitar. He received his first guitar, a Fender Stratocaster,[1] from his dad, Ron, when he was 12 years old. His father also plays guitar and the two have been known to often jam together.

Triway High School[edit]

While Josh's hometown is Wooster, he did not attend Wooster City Schools. Josh attended nearby Triway Local Schools where he graduated from Triway High School in 1999.[2] Josh was a member of the choir during his high school years and is still an ardent supporter of the arts in education, specifically the Triway Local Schools Music Boosters.

Performing career[edit]

Early years[edit]

Some media outlets have reported that Josh began performing in front of live audiences during his teenage years. Josh himself admits to lying about his age in order to get early gigs at bars around Wayne County, Ohio. His first gig was at a bar near Lodi, Ohio, called The Shady Glen. Despite being only 16 at the time, Josh convinced the owners he was 22 and received $100 for the gig.[3] After high school, Josh fronted a number of bands and projects while living in the Wooster, Ohio, area. Unreleased tracks are in limited circulation from Josh's time with "Etherface[4] " and Love Lies Bleeding.

He has played various venues in Ohio, including in Columbus, Cleveland, Cincinnati, Akron, Bowling Green, Wooster and others.

Josh Krajcik Band[edit]

After years of performing solo and in bands, Josh was introduced to bass player Mitch Pinkston in Bowling Green, Ohio. Once Mitch graduated from Bowling Green State University, he moved to Columbus. Josh would visit and play acoustic shows with Mitch. In 2005, Josh booked a full band show at a venue called The Blues Station (now The Garage Bar) without having a drummer for the band. Josh asked the sound engineer at the club, Eric French, if he knew anybody that could sit in and play drums for the show. Eric introduced Josh to local drummer Corey Gillen, and the three would continue performing together as Josh Krajcik Band through 2011, with rhythm guitar player, Eric French, added to the band in early 2011.

After the formation of Josh Krajcik Band, Josh promptly recorded the band’s first record “Ghosts” (2005) with Joe Viers at Schwab Studios in Columbus, Ohio. Shortly after, the band went on tour to support Hollywood Records artist, and fellow Ohio native, Gran Bel Fisher. On tour they opened for such prestigious artists as: Corinne Bailey Rae, Brandi Carlile, and The Fray. After performing at Bonnaroo in 2006, they appeared on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live! and NPR’s renowned World Café in 2007.

Upon their return to Ohio, Josh Krajcik Band continued building its fan-base in the mid-west by playing live shows in Columbus (Comfest), Wooster (Javapalooza, WoosterFest), Cleveland (Brother’s Lounge), Cincinnati (Mt Adams Music Festival), Toledo, Newport (Southgate House), and Nashville (The Billy Block Show). They also began working on songs for their second record, “Atavistic.” Looking to build upon the feel and mood of “Ghosts,” they again worked with co-producer/engineer Joe Viers, this time at Sonic Lounge Studios in Grove City, Ohio. A release party was held for “Atavistic” on February 11, 2011, at Victory’s in the Columbus, Ohio, Brewery District.[5]


  1. The Push
  2. Way of the World
  3. I Knew You Once
  4. Easily Lost Easily One
  5. The Pull
  6. The Harrowing
  7. Faces
  8. Obtenebration
  9. Rooftop 39
  10. Wide Awake
  11. Nearing Neptune
  1. Pariah
  2. Suzzane
  3. Shorn
  4. As Long As It Takes
  5. Lunatic
  6. Tempest
  7. Crawl Out
  8. Statue
  9. Low
  10. Elephant
  11. Harlot
  12. Atavistic
  1. Nothing
  2. One Thing She'll Never Know
  3. Don't Make Me Hopeful
  4. Let Me Hold You
  1. Nothing
  2. Back Where We Belong
  3. No Better Lovers
  4. The Remedy
  5. Close Your Eyes
  6. When You Go
  7. Don't Make Me Hopeful
  8. One Thing She'll Never Know
  9. Her Song
  10. Let Me Hold You
  11. Lost At Sea (iTunes Bonus Track)

The X Factor[edit]

Josh auditioned for the first season in Chicago, Illinois of Simon Cowell's The X Factor USA in front of Cowell, Paula Abdul, Cheryl Cole and L.A. Reid. Josh performed "At Last" at his audition. The video of his audition has been viewed over 15 million times on YouTube. He went on to become one of the Top 32 and performed in the Judges Houses round “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face” in front of special guest Enrique Iglesias and mentor Nicole Scherzinger (who replaced Cole). From there, he moved on to become one of the finalists (Final 16), qualifying for the live shows in the Over-30s category mentored by Scherzinger. During the live shows, he gave the following performances:

Performances and results[edit]

PerformanceThemeSong choiceOriginal artistOrderResult
AuditionAuditioner's choice"At Last"Glenn Miller and his orchestra, with vocals by Ray Eberle and Pat FridayN/AThrough to bootcamp
Bootcamp 1Judge's choice"Superman (It's Not Easy)"Five for FightingAdvanced
Bootcamp 2Auditioner's choice"Up to the Mountain (MLK Song)"Patty GriffinThrough to judges' houses
Judges' housesSolo"The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face"Ewan MacCollThrough to live shows
Top 17N/A"Forever Young"Bob Dylan12Saved by Nicole Scherzinger
Top 12N/A"Jar of Hearts"Christina Perri6Safe (3rd)
Top 11Songs from movies"With a Little Help from My Friends"The Beatles9Safe (6th)
Top 10Rock"The Pretender"Foo Fighters6Safe (3rd)
Top 9Giving thanks"Wild Horses"The Rolling Stones9Safe (1st)
Top 7Michael Jackson"Dirty Diana"Michael Jackson1Safe (4th)
Top 5Dance hits"We Found Love"Rihanna4Safe (3rd)
"Save-me" songs"Something"The Beatles
Top 4Pepsi Challenge"Come Together"The Beatles4Safe (3rd)
"Get me to the final" songs (no specific theme)"Hallelujah"Leonard Cohen
Top 3Celebrity duets"Uninvited"Alanis Morissette1Runner-up (2nd)
Audition songs"At Last"Glenn Miller and his orchestra, with vocals by Ray Eberle and Pat Friday4
FinaleChristmas Songs"Please Come Home for Christmas"Charles Brown3

After The X Factor[edit]

After finishing The X Factor, Josh began working on his album and touring regionally in the midwest. Recording for the album took place between Los Angeles and London. Throughout the recording process Josh worked with producers Eg White, Steve Robson, Steve Kipner, Andrew Frampton, and more. He continued to play sold-out shows throughout the midwest while the album was mixed and mastered.

On November 29, 2012, Krajcik performed as a guest artist on The X Factor. He performed his song "One Thing She'll Never Know" and released a 4-song EP on iTunes, titled Josh Krajcik EP, that same night. In recent interviews Josh has stated that he will continue to tour and release a full length album in Spring 2013. On February 8th, Krajcik confirmed the release of his first album Blindly, Lonely, Lovely, it was released April 2nd 2013. [6]


  1. ^ Hazlett, Denice Rovira (October 21, 2011). "Krajcik's Magic: Local man makes his way to the live shows on The X Factor". Holmes County Journal. Retrieved 14 November 2011. 
  2. ^ Gehring, Lydia (October 16, 2011). "Simon Cowell says: Krajcik blew him away". Wooster Daily Record. Retrieved 14 November 2011. 
  3. ^ Unknown (March 14, 2011). "Josh Krajcik Band". The Other Paper. Retrieved 14 November 2011. 
  4. ^ Wilson, Andrew. "Blog Comment". Retrieved 20 November 2011. 
  5. ^ DeVille, Chris (February 9, 2011). "Local music: Josh Krajcik Band". Columbus Alive. Retrieved 14 November 2011. 
  6. ^ Matthews, Cameron. "Josh Krajcik, 'No Better Lovers' -- Song Premiere". 

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