Joshua Howard, Marielle Kraft
1100 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19107
Doors 6:00 PM / Show 7:00 PM
This event is 21 and over
Matthew Schuler is best known as a top 6 contestant on season 5 of NBC’s Emmy award-winning competition reality series The Voice. During Schuler’s blind audition he broke the record for the fastest 4-chair turn in The Voice history, which led him to join team Christina Aguilera. His time on The Voice was hailed by performances of pop hits like Miley Cyrus’ Wrecking Ball, One Direction’s Story of my life and most notably his rendition of Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah which hit number one on the iTunes Charts and #40 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States and #38 in the Canadian Hot 100.
Since the Voice Matthew has had the privilege of working alongside the likes of Shaggy, Mike Posner, and Diana Ross in multiple countries such as Jamaica, Germany, and South Africa and at colleges and festivals across the United States.
In 2018 Matthew released his Debut EP “Baby Steps” on his own label “Bad Neighborhood”. He’s currently in the studio working on new projects and touring.
For Philadelphia born singer-songwriter Joshua Howard, making music is about much more than the number of people listening to his music. Joshua’s music thrives on raw content, reflective of the thoughtfulness and unapologetic honesty of a musician searching for purpose in the process of creating rather than self promotion.
Joshua has been surrounded by music his whole life. He grew up to the sounds of his father playing James Taylor, Carole King, Stevie Wonder, Joni Mitchell, among many others, consequently stirring up a deep love for storytelling in his song writing. Being inspired by so many different styles of music, it took some time for Joshua to set into his own style of blending his soulful style voice with a folk-rock sound.
In March 2018, Joshua released his debut EP entitled “Forgive my False,” a six-track project that has been in the works for 4 years. “When I began putting this album together, I thought it was about asking forgiveness for my wrongs and hurt I’ve caused so many people in my life. But what it became was an opportunity to forgive myself. It’s a record about self acceptance and realizing life has made me who I am and that I can go forward and be better in the future.”
The first single to drop from the album is a song entitled Lost Boy. Joshua started writing this song while spending some time out in L.A. where he was a participant on NBC’s hit TV series The Voice. Creating the rest of the album has been a long process of digging through emotions to discover the root of his music. “My music is my voice. I feel like I’ve always tried to find my purpose in someone else’s story. Now I’m beginning to really search and learn about myself through my faith and my music.”
Joshua’s desire for his music is that you as the listener would connect with it in whatever way is relevant to your story. The hope is for you to find reassurance in the chaos that you are capable of great things and not letting anyone tell you otherwise. This is the story Joshua is living.
Marielle Kraft is a singer/songwriter originally from Rhode Island, and currently based outside of Washington D.C. in Maryland. Self-taught, she began playing guitar at 16 and writing songs soon after. Her songs take shape as honest stories through comfortable arrangements, following suit to artists like Shawn Mendes, Ben Rector, and Taylor Swift. Oftentimes these stories are ones that we all find a piece of ourselves in, yet are written in a way simply unique to Marielle's artistry.
Over the past few years, Marielle has released two original EPs on iTunes and Spotify, as well as a brand new single, and she regularly plays covers and originals at venues across the mid-atlantic. Her first EP, Today Tomorrow Someday (2014) navigates the search for new purpose, while still remembering your roots. Her second EP, The Gibraltar Sessions (2016), features a stripped down delivery of 5 new original songs that seamlessly match clever lyrics of love, longing, and identity with chord progressions that will ring in your head for days afterward.
Her latest release, a single called "How Far You Feel," seeks to understand physical vs. emotional distance in a relationship. All of her music is available everywhere now.
$15.00 - $17.00