Born in the late 80s around the sounds of Michael Jackson, Prince, and Smokey Robinson, 24 year-old singer and songwriter Joey Gaskin emotes a vocal talent clearly out of this world. Beginning his journey in music, Joey sang in church as a young child. He was always heavily involved in the arts, singing in chorus and in various school plays. Upon entering middle school he began writing songs with friends, while learning to play guitar.
At age 14, the South Carolina native sang in his first singing competition, for contemporary Christian artist, Morgan Cryar. Although he did not win, after singing before a panel of judges, Joey received an honorable mention, and even more so, a stronger aspiration for a career in music. Within the years to follow, Joey auditioned before Laurie Ann Gibson (choreographer to Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Nicki Minaj, etc.) for Diddys Making the Band 4 as well as for a talent search in which, he sang for Ne-Yo himself.
In the midst of all of this, Joey began to write his own songs, and decided to win on his own terms. In 2010, he released three digital singles, which all received an overwhelming amount of appreciation from fans, friends, and family alike. Making the perfect introduction with his first single, True, Joey sings about an overly guarded quest for love, after the failure of an untrustworthy relationship. True is a real story. Its loosely based around my own experience, says the singer. I wanted to write a song that interpreted the emotion behind my thoughts in that particular situation.
Joey continues to give the back-story of his first single by proceeding with his second release, Mustang Sally. With guitars reminiscent of Michael Jacksons Dirty Diana, and striking vocals to match, Mustang Sally is a dark tale of false beauty that winds up ending in collision. I wanted to take people into the heart of why people hurt people in relationships with this record. I feel the song is different from anything else out there in pop music right now, he says.
To Joeys credit, an accompanying music video was shot for the song and premiered online at his official website. It was promoted excessively through social mediums and was exposed to over potentially 10,000 viewers. That same year, Joey gave fans his third offering, titled Checkpoint, in which he employs clever wording to describe his minor frustration with the game of cat and mouse. Checkpoint, says everything and nothing all at the same time, but if you pay close attention to the lyrics, it clearly paints the picture, Joey says quite candidly.
With a promising career as a lasting talent, songwriter, and performer Joey Gaskin has already received praises and warm regards from songwriter Makeba Riddick (Rihanna, Beyonce, T.I.) and several of his peers. I want to create music that becomes a symbol to this generation, music that resonates through time, he says. My music will be a thumbprint. Just give it time. Soon the world will see.