When he was 7 years old, he bought his first album. By age 10, he had his first guitar. By age 16, music was his obsession. Now at age 23, Joshua Batten is using his talent to share his unique perspective on life with the world.
Joshua’s professional career began in 2013. While finishing Year 12 at Bialik College, he entered Kingston Arts’ Curtain Call showcase, winning the grand prize of a headline show at the Chandelier Room. The show was recorded and released as a demo EP, and was later sold at concerts throughout 2014. With an increasing interest in more focused musical development, Josh enrolled in Melbourne Polytechnic's Bachelor of Music course, graduating in 2016 and walking away as a professional guitarist, arranger and bandleader.
In April 2017, Joshua released his debut mini-album Searching For Answers via Only Blues Music. Reaching #17 on the Australian Blues & Roots Airplay Chart, the album received critical acclaim and led to support slots for the likes of Russell Morris, Chris Wilson and Geoff Achison, as well as appearances at the 2018 Bruthen and Echuca-Moama Blues Festivals. In August 2018, he received further notice from the Blues & Roots community by reaching the Semi-Finals of the Melbourne Blues Challenge. Joshua is currently working on the follow-up to Searching For Answers, a full-length album to be released in mid-2019.
Inspired by Classic Rock, Blues, Folk and Progressive Rock, Joshua carries a fire in his heart and a guitar in his hands. Drawing from his experiences, his music provides both an escape and perspective in a complex world.