Josh Krajcik

Josh Krajcik

A soulful singer with a huge, often gravelly voice, Josh Krajcik is best known as the runner-up on season one of Fox's reality singing competition The X Factor in 2011.

When he was just 16-years-old, Josh Krajcik schemed his way onto the stage of a bar near his hometown of Wooster, Ohio. Earning $100 for his four-hour debut gig, the singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist decided that night to devote his life to making music. Over the next 14 years, Krajcik fronted a host of musical projects and eventually founded the Josh Krajcik Band, a three-piece blues-rock outfit that toured with the likes of Corinne Bailey Rae and The Fray and appeared on the Bonnaroo Music Festival's 2006 lineup. But by 2011 Krajcik was fighting to sustain his music career, and ended up taking a job at a burrito joint to make ends meet. On a whim, Krajcik then auditioned for The X Factor USA—and soon found himself wowing audiences with his gravelly-rich voice and stirring delivery on the show's premiere season. Now, Krajcik is set to release his full-length album Blindly, Lonely, Lovely that pair his powerful vocals with intensely passionate, soul-infused songwriting.

"More than anything, I wanted this music to be honest," says Krajcik of his debut releases. Instinct has also played a key role in guiding Krajcik through the ups and downs of his early career. "Over the years I definitely had a few of those moments where you're doubting yourself and you wonder, "Should I just give it all up?'" Krajcik admits. "But at the same, I really don't know what else I could have tried to be." So while holding to the promise he made himself at sixteen yielded its share of struggle, Krajcik asserts that those tough times have more than paid off. "The day after I finished the sessions for 'Nothing' and 'Don't Make Me Hopeful,' I was walking around Hammersmith, just sort smiling to myself and thinking about the songs and my music in general," he recalls. "After a while I looked up and realized I didn't know where I was. I'd gotten so caught up in thinking about where I was now—compared to just about a year before, when I was jumping from couch to couch and making burritos to pay rent—that I'd ended up completely lost in the middle of London. It was a great moment." Still, Krajcik asserts that his ultimate goal is to continue expanding his sound and delving more deeply into his songwriting. "The most important thing for me is to just keep on pushing myself as a singer and songwriter and musician," says Krajcik, "since I know that this is what I'm going to be doing forever."

Kyle James Hauser

Kyle James Hauser is a Denver, Colorado-based singer/songwriter and multi - instrumentalist specializing in banjo. Kyle has performed at CMJ / SXSW / Toronto Film Festival in 2011 and was a finalist at 2011 Telluride Troubadour Contest as well as the 2011 Rocky Mountain Folks Festival. A graduate of the prestigious Berklee College of Music, Hauser has been a highly respected studio player for the better part of a decade, playing on albums by Head For The Hills and Will Knox, among others.

His debut solo studio album from sonaBLAST records, January 2012's "Oh Oh," was recorded with an all-star cast of national and local musicians, including cellist Ben Sollee (Sparrow Quartet) and guitarist Grant Gordy (David Grisman Quintet), produced by two-time Juno award winner Jayme Stone, and mastered by two-time Grammy award winner David Glasser at Airshow Mastering. Hauser has shared the stage with artists such as Brett Dennen, John Hiatt, Gregory Alan Isakov, The Infamous Stringdusters, G-Love and Special Sauce, and Lucinda Williams. Since January 2012 his songs have been placed on MTV's series 16 & Pregnant and Teen Mom and in the feature films YERT and 2nd Serve.

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Josh Krajcik with Kyle James Hauser

Friday, August 9 · Doors 8:00 PM / Show 9:00 PM at Zanzabar

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