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Known for his indie folk style of playing guitar and singing, Joseph Arthur is a songwriter of memorable melodies. His songs have been covered by the likes of Michael Stipe and Chris Martin, the lead singer with Coldplay. In addition to his work as a writer of songs, Arthur is known for his studio and live performance work. He founded his own record label, Lonely Astronaut Records, in 2006. At this time, Arthur toured with a full backing band, named the Lonely Astronauts. The five-piece included Sibyl Buck, a former French fashion model and actress, on bass. However, most of Arthur's live shows in recent years have been solo affairs. He uses loops and distortion techniques during his gigs in order to enhance the sound he can make as a lone performer.
Joseph Arthur's early career and breakthrough
Born in 1971, Arthur began playing guitar and bass as a teenager. He did not start vocalising over his playing until he was in his twenties, however. In the early 1990s, Arthur moved to Atlanta from Akron, Ohio, and began work as a guitar salesman. He started to write his own material at this time.
By 1996, Arthur had recorded his first EP, Cut and Blind, which featured the song “Daddy's on Prozac”. This work was brought to the attention of former Genesis frontman, Peter Gabriel, who arranged for Arthur to perform at the famous Fez nightclub in New York City. It was a resounding success and Arthur ended up being signed to Gabriel's Real World Records. The resulting album really announced Arthur as a serious artist. Big City Secrets featured luminaries such as Brian Eno and was produced by Markus Dravs, known for his work with Arcade Fire, Kings of Leon, Coldplay and Björk, among many others.
In 1999, Arthur broke through to mainstream audiences. His limited edition Vacancy EP earned him a Grammy nomination and he started touring with bigger acts. His song “Bed of Nails” was used for the Hollywood movie The Bone Collector.
Joseph Arthur's live work
In the early 2000s, Arthur began to tour extensively. He opened shows for the rock band Gomez, for a while. Around this time, he also released a live album to showcase his talents at the microphone. Arthur went on to tour with the folk singer-songwriter, Tracy Chapman, in 2003, reaching ever-wider audiences.
Following the critically acclaimed Our Shadows Will Remain of 2004, Arthur toured the US as a solo artist. He then came to Europe in support of REM. In 2006, Arthur played a well-received headline show in London and he has continued to perform in various guises all over the world ever since.
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