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There's something so freeing about letting go of others' expectations to press on in a direction of your own choosing. Elenowen, husband and wife singer/songwriters Josh and Nicole Johnson, have lit upon their common voice after, roads traveled, trials overcome and years lived. Resonating within themes of finding themselves in each other and the infinite possibilities of what's ahead, Elenowen's sophomore full-length For the Taking is a collection of modern songs keeping an indie tradition alive.
Those familiar with Elenowen's appearance on the inaugural season of NBC's The Voice, their debut album, Pulling Back the Veil or their follow-up singles and EP, will recognize their characteristic tender melodies, lyrical motifs and incandescent acoustic work. But there's something new and exciting in this assortment of songs found on For the Taking, produced by Music City staples Jeremy Bose and Trent Dabbs. Perhaps it's a result of the overwhelming fan support they received by funding the album with Kickstarter, which served to reassure the young duo about their place in the world. Of their freshly realized niche, Nicole says, "We've been doing this for a long time, but it feels like we're newborns, starting all over again."
"We're basically starting from scratch," Josh agrees. "In a way, this record feels a lot like our first one. The whole tone and the way we're going about this album are synonymous with our debut. It's back to just us."
Born in Macon, Georgia, Joshua Fletcher was raised just south of Atlanta in the suburbs of Fayette County. His first foray into songwriting came in the form of aggressive two minute long punk tunes penned for his then band, The Knockout. Like many in the genre, he grew accustomed to writing lyrics from the perspective of the underdog.
“It’s pretty hard to be punk in the suburbs, so obviously I couldn’t write about ‘typical’ punk things. I stuck to the ‘youth as the underdog’ kind of theme. It was probably pretty silly, but it’s where I was.” Fletcher’s subject matter shifted with his style, but has continued to write often with the viewpoint of someone fighting an uphill battle. Where the songs began as anthems to empower an apathetic youth culture, there has been a shift to a more personal aesthetic. This shift came about with age, experience, and a realization that the most powerful songs often came from a very personal place.
“I still think there’s some underdog in these songs,” says Fletcher, “I think most folks feel that way sometimes. For me, it just so happens that some of my most honest songwriting moments have come in those times.”
Over the years, Joshua Fletcher’s songs and intimate live performances have garnered him attention from some of the music industry's most well-respected personalities. He has shared stages with Charlie Mars, Hanson, Nicole Atkins, The Jayhawks, and the Damnwells. In 2013, Joshua Fletcher was hand selected to open Butch Walker’s hometown album release party at a sold-out Variety Playhouse in Atlanta. One of Fletcher’s most ardent supporters over the last several years has been Alex Dezen of the Damnwells, who signed on to produce the upcoming full length, “Ready, Aim.” As well as producing, Dezen appears on nearly every song, along with an impressive cast of musicians including singer/songwriter Madi Diaz, and Whynot Jansveld of (Harper Blynn and Butch Walker).
Joshua Fletcher’s songs are about relationships. They’re about our loneliest hours; surrounded by the buzz of a city or alone in an empty house. They are about the moments we share with the ones we love, about turning something brief into something eternal. These are songs written from an inside-out perspective. Songs that breathe and grow and shift and change as we do. These songs will be the world’s introduction to Joshua Fletcher.